HIGHLIGHTS: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok - WBC Asia Featherweight Championship
TAGBILARAN, Bohol – Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo’s homecoming bout won’t be a walk in the park.
As the pride of Tagbilaran (19-0, 14 KO) puts his perfect record at stake, Magsayo expects a tough challenge from Thai veteran Panya Uthok (53-6, 35 KO) when he seeks to win the vacant WBC Asia featherweight title here on Saturday, August 31.
The 29-year-old Uthok – who handed one of AJ “Bazooka” Banal’s (36-2-1, 23 KO) two career losses – has beaten at least 20 other Filipino boxers in his professional career.
However, the former world champion and Thai knockout artist has only fought thrice in the last 3 years, a span that included a one-year break in 2017.
Magsayo similarly took extended time away from fighting after his contract with ALA Promotions expired.
Now fighting for Vladimir Boxing Promotions, the 24-year-old Magsayo is ready to continue his stellar start in the pro ranks by taking down his toughest test yet. (ATHLETE'S CORNER: Mark Magsayo, Pride of Bohol)
Pride of Bohol features another championship match between Philippine bantamweight champion Giovanni “The Little Giant” Escaner (19-4, 12 KO) and Renoel Pael (23-9-1, 12 KO) in the penultimate match of the event set at the Bohol Wisdom Gymnasium.
Powell Balaba (9-30-1, 5 KO) is also set to revive his career against Charlie Malupangue (8-6-3, 4 KO), while newcomer Franco Serafica (3-0, 1 KO) will try to keep his hot start alive against Jimboy Rosales (3-3-1, 2 KO).
Other matches feature Virgel Vitor (14-2, 8 KO) going up against Alan Alberica (11-3, 6 KO), Danrick Sumabong (9-2, 8 KO) fighting Jonathan Francisco (10-11-1, 4 KO) and Rafael Ciar (3-0) facing Pablito Balidio (3-1-1).
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