Mark Magsayo said that he looked to impress in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao versus Yordenis Ugás. And that’s what he did.
Magsayo scored a 10th round knockout of Julio Ceja to retain the World Boxing Council-Asian Boxing Council featherweight title, Sunday (Manila time) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The stoppage came 50 seconds into the round.
Magsayo was sensational to start the bout, scoring a knockdown on Ceja with a clean left hook.
Ceja was able to beat the count and get even in the fifth round with a body shot.
Ceja tried to push in the sixth round, almost sending Magsayo down. It was the wake-up call the 26-year-old Bohol-native needed.
Though Ceja tried to counter Magsayo’s aggression with body shots, the Filipino kept pushing forward.
Magsayo came in the 10th round with guns ablazing, scoring a couple of shots that sent Ceja down and out.
Magsayo raised his slate to 23-0 and his 16th career KO.
Ceja dropped to 32-5-1.
Earlier, Filipino John Dato suffered his first loss in 17 bouts, bowing to a gallant Angel Contreras, 78-73, 77-74, 77-74.
Contreras went up to 11-4-2, 6KOs.