Mark Magsayo – Not Yet Ready

Mark Magsayo and the ALA Boys

Writted by: Mike Ochosa

I was out of the country and was unable to to watch the Mark Magsayo vs. Shota Hayashi fight.  I heard that the fight was entertaining and Magsayo won by unanimous decision.

Fortunately, I saw the replay on ABS-CBN Sports and Action and caught rounds 7 to 10.   Although the boxers were both very busy it was obvious to me that Magsayo was the much better pugilist and was clearly going to cruise to victory.  Hayashi did not have any punching power, was lacking in fundamentals and was unable to defend himself against the body shots of Magsayo.   It was also clear that the Japanese was tough enough to take Magsayo’s punches and stay up till the end.

Magsayo deserved the praises my boxing writer colleagues were throwing at him.  What caught my attention and concern was that some firmly believe that Magsayo is ready now for a world title.  What was more alarming to me was the name Oscar Valdez was being mentioned.


Let me first be clear, I believe that Mark Magsayo is one of the better boxers we have.   Pit him against any regular boxer, Mark will find a way to finish the job.  The last couple of  Antonio L. Aldeguer (ALA) Promotions   fights aired on ABS-CBN Sports and Action do give the viewer their moneys’ worth.  It is full of action and definitely entertaining.  However, to say that Mark is ready for Oscar Valdez, the current World Boxing Organization champion, might be premature.


Shota Hayashi’s record coming into the fight against Magsayo was 30-6-1.  Of his thirty wins, he has posted 18 knock outs.   A relatively good KO to win ratio but his list of past opponents reflects a lack of quality challengers.  His last 3 opponents already had a total of 11 losses split amongst them and all of them have already suffered a KO loss.

Hayashi wrested the Japanese Featherweight Title from Noriyuki Ueno who had a record of 18-13-5 when they met, and had already suffered 3 knockout defeats.


Magsayo’s previous opponents were not that impressive, as well.

Prior to Hayashi, Magsayo was featured in fights against boxers who already had a good number of losses before  their meeting.  Daniel Diaz had 7 losses,  Issa Nampepeche also had 7.   Ramiro Robles and Chris Avalos had 5 and 4, respectively.

These fighters have decent records and gave Magsayo a good challenge and the fans a good show.  But to say that this experience is enough for Magsayo to face Oscar Valdez should be given  a second thought.


Oscar Valdez is the reigning and undisputed champion of his weight division and boasts of an unblemished record of 23 wins with no losses.  On top of that Valdez has 19 knockouts to his credit, an 83%  KO/win ratio.

Valdez has faced quality opponents.  His last 5 opponents only share a total of 5 losses.  Two of them were undefeated before they stepped into the ring with him namely; Matias Rueba and Genesis Servania.

I have been fortunate to have seen Oscar Valdez at ringside in live action against Hiroshige Osawa and Evgeny Gradovich, both of whom pushed Valdez to the limit but further heightened the  potential of the current champion.  Valdez was always in control, throwing combinations, fighting intelligently and unleashing his power at the most appropriate times.

This does not mean that Valdez is unbeatable. In fact, it was Filipino Genesis Servania, who revealed this.  Valdez’ unanimous decision victory does not reflect how close the fight really was.  Sevania matched each combination of Valdez and stayed with the Mexican toe to toe.

Valdez was also a touted amateur competing in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.   Despite not bringing home the gold, Valdez’ skill and power were brought to fore.


Mark Magsayo is ranked number 2 contender by the WBO.  His record of 18 wins with no losses is obviously outstanding, his knockout to win ratio also is also equally notable at 72%.

However boxing is as subjective as subjective can be.  The numbers although helpful should be reviewed with  great care if the decision to be made for Magsayo is one that can make or break his career.

We have seen many Filipino boxers with remarkable records and who have given us equally thrilling performances suddenly fall off the radar after devastating losses when matched with world class competition: Rey Bautista, Abe Concepcion, AJ Banal and Drian Francisco just to name a few.

This begs the following questions:

  “Can Mark Magsayo become a world champion?”  The answer is a resounding yes.  His record is healthy and competitive. He has the power and the grit to take it to a higher level.

“Can he beat Oscar Valdez?”  Yes, but not in 2018.  If Valdez is the target then Magsayo and his team must prepare for the kind of boxer Valdez is.

“What should Magsayo do?”   The higher the target, the higher the risks, the bigger the heart.   His next two fights should be against boxers whose levels are higher than his last 5 opponents.    His team must be ready to challenge their ward with the best they can get to make him the best that he can be.

Then and only then, should Magsayo challenge for the belt.


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Mike Ochosa is a boxing analyst for TV having called 12 of Pacquiao’s fights.  He has also worked as an international boxing analyst for Ringstar Promotions of Singapore.  He was President of Punchout Boxing Club and has had the privilege of managing and training several professional fighters.

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Watch: Mark Magsayo vs. Shota Hayashi | Pinoy Pride 43

Mark Magsayo vs Shota Hayashi Battle in Bohol

The weekend was full packed with action and one of them was the fight of Filipino Mark Magsayo against Japanese Shota Hayashi. The fight is for the WBO International Featherweight title and it was held in the hometown of Magsayo.
Nicknamed Magnifico, Magsayo was able to get a hard-earned win against the resilient Japanese who stood up with him until the very end of round 12. In the end however, Magsayo earned the victory via unanimous decision with the score card of 116-112 from all of the judges.
Magsayo who is only at 22 years old had a long road ahead but his dream of fighting the current WBO featherweight Oscar Valdez comes closer each and every win.
If you missed the fight, here is the replay of the full fight courtesy of ABS- CBN.
Watch Mark Magsayo vs. Shota Hayashi | Pinoy Pride 43 Courtesy of ABS-CBN Youtube Channel

Pagara brothers and Magsayo Received a customized mouth guard!

CANOGA PARK, CA — ALA GYM boxers Prince Albert Pagara (L), Jason Pagara (2nd from right) and Mark Magsayo (R) proudly display their customized mouthguards crafted for them by Canoga Park based dentist Dr Ed de la Vega (2nd from left). De La Vega has made it his task to supply customized mouthguards for free to any Filipino boxer who fights in the United States. The Pagara brothers, Magsayo and WBO world champion Donnie Nietes (not in photo) will headline ALA Promotions’ maiden event in the US at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA on October 17. 

This is quite fun because this could be the first time that they were given a mouth guard that has been customized by Dr Ed Dela Vega.

Enough about that

lets give you the highlights of Pagara brothers :

Albert “Prince” Pagara

Jason Pagara

Written by:
Aldrin C.
Team Powcast

Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines VS The World!

Pinoy Pride 33: Philippines VS The World!

This bout is scheduled on Oct 17, 2015 @ the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It will be headlined by one of the longest reigning Champ in the world, our very own Donnie “Ahas Nietes”. This will be the 8th title defense for Nietes and the first time for ALA boxing to promote boxing in the US after its success in Dubai. 

Nietes will go up against Juan Alejo (21-3) from Mexico. 

“Philippines vs The World” will also include Jason Pagara Albert Pagara and Mark Magsayo.
Jason will face challenger Santos Benavidez (25-7-2, 19 KOs) of Nicaragua while Albert will battle William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (27-5-0, 23 KO’s) also from Nicaragua. Magsayo is set to square off with Yardley Suarez of Mexico, who is unbeaten in 13 pro fights with eight coming by knockout.

It will be tough battle for the the under card however, I am sure that they will all win in a convincing fashion specially Nietes who will get the attention that he deserves and its been long due. 

Here is a highlight reel of Donnie Nietes

Written by:
Aldrin Castronero
Team Powcast