Boxing: Rising featherweight Mark Magsayo’s ‘sparmate’ is his wife

Published April 3, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Nick Giongco

With his fight in the US scuttled temporarily owing to the pandemic, rising Filipino featherweight Mark Magsayo remains active so he can spring into action the moment things clear up.

Undefeated Filipino featherweight Mark Magsayo stays active.
Undefeated Filipino featherweight Mark Magsayo stays active.

Just before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak put everything to a grinding halt, Magsayo was a picture of pride and happiness after signing a promotional deal with Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.

Upon signing, MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons immediately booked Magsayo to a fight in mid-May but the coronavirus ruined those plans and the unbeaten puncher was left with no choice but to stay behind.

Plans were afoot for him to be trained by Freddie Roach but the 24-year-old Magsayo suddenly found himself training alongside his wife Frances in a house in Pasig amid the enhanced community quarantine.

“He does balance training, sit-ups, shadow boxing, skipping rope,” Frances told the Manila Bulletin on Friday.

“There is also a basketball court beside where we reside so he plays sometimes and jogs early when there are no people around,” added Frances, who serves as his husband’s ‘sparmate’ when they do ‘partner play’, sometimes referred to as simulated sparring.

Armed with a 20-0 win-loss card with 14 KOs, Magsayo is ranked No. 5 by the World Boxing Association and No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation.

Despite the lockdown, Magsayo is making sure he keeps himself in shape.

“He’s a real pro as he stays in shape physically and mentally,” said Gibbons.