Magsayo debuts in the 130lbs division with a vicious knockout win

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital Correspondent | December 10,2023 - 01:12 PM

Mark Magsayo celebrating after his knockout win against Mexican Isaac Avelar.

Mark Magsayo celebrating after his knockout win against Mexican Isaac Avelar. | Screen grab from the live stream

CEBU CITY,Philippines — Former world champion Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo debuted in the super featherweight division in scintillating fashion.

Magsayo scored a third round knockout against Mexican Isaac Avelar during their match at Infinite Reality Studios in Long Beach, California, United States, on December 9, 2023 (December 10, Manila Time). 

The victory put Magsayo back in the winning column after his back-to-back defeats against Brandon Figueroa for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim world featherweight title last March and his WBC world featherweight title to Rey Vargas in July last year. 

Magsayo was merciless right from the start of the first round, pounding Avelar with hooks to the head and body. He perfectly landed his power punches that shocked the Mexican prospect. 

Isaac Avelar lying on the canvas after being knocked out by Mark Magsayo.

Isaac Avelar lying on the canvas after being knocked out by Mark Magsayo. | Screen grab from the live stream

Despite the odds, Avelar showed some fight by landing his own punches to distract Magsayo.

Avelar upped the tempo in the second round with more punches, unfortunately for him, he got tagged with Magsayo’s counter punches. 

In the third round, Magsayo landed a five-punch combo that knocked down Avelar for the first time in their bout. 

Avelar quickly got back on his feet, but Magsayo smelled blood and went for the kill. 

Magsayo pounded Avelar with hooks to the head, pinning the Mexican against the ropes until he landed a vicious left hook that sent Avelar crashing down to the canvas. 

After the fight, Magsayo posted on his Facebook page saying “I am praying for the safety of my opponent Isaac Avelar in the end we are boxers and outside the ring we are brothers. We are fighting for our families and our countries. I hope Isaac is okay.”

Avelar was attended by medical personnel after the vicious knockout. 

It took several minutes for Avelar to get back on his feet from the knockout. 

The win improved Magsayo’s record to 25 wins with 17 knockouts and two defeats, while Avelar suffered his seventh defeat in 24 bouts. He has 17 wins and 10 knockouts. 


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