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Mark Magsayo’s next opponent poses risk, but offers high reward

Japanese veteran fighter Shota Hayashi will serve as a good test for undefeated Filipino featherweight Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo, who seeks to climb up the featherweight ranks for a chance to secure the No. 1 ranking in the WBO.

Boxing analyst Dennis Principe said Hayashi, a veteran of 37 fights and a former domestic featherweight belt-holder, seems to be a risky fight for Magsayo, who hasn't tasted a loss in 17 fights.

Mark Magsayo. TiebreakerTimes photo
Magsayo and Hayashi clash in the main event of "Pinoy Pride 43" in Tagbilaran, Bohol on Saturday.

"Right now, Magsayo is in a position wherein a loss will push him back to square one," Principe said, referring to the reigning WBO international featherweight champion who currently ranks No. 2 in the organization.

"He needs to win and maintain whatever he has gained . . . and the Japanese fighter is a good test being a former champion."

Author: Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News
Full Article: http://news.abs-cbn.com/sports/11/23/17/boxing-mark-magsayos-next-opponent-poses-risk-but-offers-high-reward

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