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Is Mark Magsayo ready to fight for world championship?

If Mark Magsayo is serious about going after a world title, it is best for him to get a tune-up fight first, one veteran fight analyst said.

The Boholano title prospect had a grueling 12-round exchange against durable Japanese veteran Shota Hayashi over the weekend and successfully defended his WBO international featherweight crown in front of his hometown in Tagbilaran City.

Mark Magsayo. TiebreakerTimes photo
The victory spurred talks of him being ripe for a title tiff against reigning world champion Oscar Valdez.

Fight analyst Ed Tolentino, who called the bout at ringside, said Magsayo displayed superb conditioning on fight night and this was enough to offset Hayashi’s brutal swarming style.

“Magsayo faced an opponent that was tougher than advertised. Hayashi offered a swarming, pressure style that could have drained Magsayo of his energy if he was not in great condition,” Tolentino said.

Author: Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News
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