Magsayo stays unbeaten with close win over Hermosillo

Mark Magsayo trade blows with Mexican Rigoberto Hermosillo during their 10-round fight at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo from Sean Michael Ham / TGB Promotions)

Mark Magsayo stayed unbeaten when he prevailed over Mexican Rigoberto Hermosillo via a 10-round split decision Sunday morning Manila time in his first ring appearance as a member of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.

Magsayo’s power punches throughout the action-packed fight enabled him to get the nod from two of the three judges in the co-main event of the Premier Boxing Champions’ card held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and aired on US cable channel Fox Sports 1.

The 28-year-old Bohol native improved to a perfect 21-0 despite being behind in Compubox numbers.

Hermosillo landed 181 punches compared to 136 for the Filipino and also had a 856-417 advantage in punches thrown.

But judge Rudy Barragan surprisingly had it 100-90 while Zachary Young scored the bout at 96-94 in favor of Magsayo.

Third judge Lou Moret handed the fight to Hermosillo at 96-94.

Mark Magsayo gets his arm raised by referee Jack Reiss after a split decision win over Rigoberto Hermosillo at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo from Sean Michael Ham / TGB Promotions)

"I'm very happy to get this victory," said Magsayo, who thanked trainer Freddie Roach for helping him prepare for the bout. "Freddie got me in great shape for this fight and I'm happy working with him. I faced a tough fighter tonight, but I know I'm ready to beat anyone in the division."

The 28-year-old Magsayo appeared to have scored a knockdown in the penultimate round with a left hook followed by a barrage of punches, but was ruled as a slip by referee Jack Reiss.

“Magsayo is one of the best punchers in our gym. He wasn't letting his hands go enough tonight,” said Roach. “We just need him to keep throwing more combinations, but he did enough to win the fight tonight and we're grateful for that."

Hermosillo, a last-minute replacement after original opponent Jose Harro suddenly retired, fought toe-to-toe with Magsayo for most of the fight but his performance didn’t prevent him from losing for the third straight time.