Boxing: Is Mark Magsayo ready to fight for world championship?

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Referee awed by Magsayo’s KO win vs Daniel Diaz

It’s been a week since Mark Magsayo handily defeated Daniel Diaz, but referee Danrex Tapdasan remains awed by the way the rising featherweight Filipino fighter easily disposed of his tough Nicaraguan opponent.

Magsayo made quick work of Diaz, dropping him thrice in the opening round of Pinoy Pride 41 in Cebu last week.

Tapdasan, who officiated the bout, said it seemed that Diaz wasn’t prepared for Magsayo’s speed and power despite his experience as a former world title contender.

“Itong latest na laban niya kay Diaz. Ang bilis ng pangyayari,” Tapdasan said on DZMM’s “Fastbreak” on Saturday.

“Diaz was overwhelmed. Iyon ang nakita ko sa mata niya nu’ng first knockdown. He was shocked, ‘Ganito pala kalakas ito.’ “

Magsayo first dropped Diaz with a right cross-left hook combo midway the first round. The Nicaraguan was shaken, but was able to beat the count. 

“Kasi iyong Diaz he has challenged for the world title before, kung saan-saang lugar na siya bumiyahe. Pero dun sa laban na iyonn, first round, nang bumagsak siya nu’ng una, para siyang nagulat. He was overwhelmed by the power and speed of Magsayo,” Tapdasan said.

Magsayo immediately went after Diaz and floored him once again with a left to the head.

Diaz managed to get up but Magsayo went for the finisher: a left hook that landed flush on Diaz’s jaw.

The hit sent the Nicaraguan rolling to the ground. Tapdasan saw enough and halted the fight 1:15 remaining in the first round.

Meanwhile, Ed Tolentino, who served as TV analyst for the Pinoy Pride card, said Magsayo has shown refinements in his fighting style, adding that Magsayo was patient looking for an opening.
 
“Though the fight lasted less than a round, Magsayo did show an improved offense, patience, and less wide and wild punches that made him susceptible to counterpunches,” Tolentino told ABS-CBN News.
 
He said Magsayo must have sought to impress to set himself for a possible shot against world featherweight champion Oscar Valdez.

Tolentino, however, believes the Filipino featherweight still needs a tougher test, someone better than Diaz, before thinking of fighting Valdez.
 
“Magsayo is eyeing unbeaten WBO champ Oscar Valdez, a well-schooled fighter who also packs power,” he said.

“I’d like to see Magsayo against some meaner meat the next time out, if only to truly prep for Valdez.”

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