By Seth Singleton

April 13 — Featherweight Mark Magnifico Magsayo scored a fourth-round knockout against Erick Deztroyer at The Ring Boxing Community in Singapore. 

The victory earned Magsayo (19-0) his 14th win by knockout. Indonesia’s Deztroyer (12-5-1, 3 KOs) was Magsayo’s first fight after a 17-month layoff.  

In an interview with The Ring, Magsayo described the struggle and support he experienced leading up to his fight with Deztroyer.

“A lot of things happened when I did not fight for a year,” Magsayo told The Ring. “I learned a lot of new things not only in training but in life, I learned how to cope with these changes and I am thankful to God that there are people who are really willing to help me. It was a very hard time for me but it’s good to see the people who will stick with me in hard times.

Protect the Hands
Photo Credit Frances Arbie

Talking with the Champ

I was lucky enough to meet Mark and his wife Frances Arbie on a visit to the Philipines in 2018.

Mark was kind enough to answer a few questions about the fight, what kind of break he will enjoy now that this fight is over, and what his plans are for the future.

Q: How much time did you have to prepare for the fight?

A: I have been training for a year and a half. Since my last fight, I didn’t stop training.
But specifically for this opponent, I prepared for 8 weeks.

Q: What, if anything, changed about your Training Routine after the fight date was set?

A: After the fight date was set we focused on technique.

Q: What did you know about your opponent going into the fight?

A: I know that he is a tough opponent. He is a WBC Asia featherweight champion and I trained well for him.

Q: What skills did you work on so you could defend his attacks?

A: I was prepared for him to attack and brawl because that’s his style when I looked at his videos.

But after the first round, I observed he is always backing. So we changed the game plan.

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In the Corner
Photo Credit Frances Arbie

Q: Who was your trainer for this fight?

A: Rissan Muelas from Elorde Gym is the head coach and Andrew Belonguel is the assistant coach also from Elorde gym.

Q: How much time had passed since your last fight to this one?

A: 17months

Q: Who won the first round?

A: I think I did.

Q: Did you know that you could get a knock out against him?

A: I never expected that KO because I know he is tough and I never underestimate him.

Q: Was there a moment in the fight where you felt you had control?

A: I felt I had control in the 3rd round because 1st and 2nd I got really excited to punch after not fighting so long and couldn’t get my timing right.

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Mark Takes Control of the Fight
Photo Credit Frances Arbie

Q: Have you been approached yet for your next fight?

A: My manager is on it.

1Q: What is the one food that you gave up for training that you can finally eat now?

A: White rice

1Q: How much time will you have to relax before it is time to go back to training?

A: 1 to 2 weeks I go back to light training.

1Q: Is it your goal to fight again this year?

A: Yes it is.

Q: How soon would you like to be back in the ring?

A: Asap

Mark-Magnifico-Magasayo-Attacks
Mark makes his move against Deztroyer
Photo Credit Frances Arbie

Q: Describe the knockout round and combination the way you remember it happening.

A: He always protected his head and it is tough too.

His defense is really good so I thought to fake him on his face and give a really quick body shot.

About the Writer

Seth Singleton is a storyteller. He is the author of This is a Language of Fists and the writing team editor at Blue Alchemy Studios and for its upcoming release, Planet Rise.

Seth believes that stories are a common thread that connects us all and that everyone has a story to tell. 

To contact him about a writing or podcast project email him at sethsingleton@gmail.com 

Seth Singleton is a Storyteller. Storytelling is his favorite form of writing.

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