In a pre-fight interview with Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo I learned that patience and preparation determine victory in the ring. Magsayo fights Pungluang Sor Singyu on August 31 in Bohol, Philippines.
Magsayo’s hometown support is led by Tagbilaran City mayor Baba Yap. The fight is set for 2 p.m. in the Bohol Wisdom School Gym. It’s the first of three fights scheduled in Bohol’s capital city.
Singyu (52-4-0) is a Thailand native with a reputation for defeating Filipino boxers. In 2012 he defeated AJ Banal for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Bantamweight championship. Incidentally, after failing to defend and then regaining the belt, Singyu surrendered the title to Filipino fighter Marion Tapales in 2016.
The tale of the tape reveals Magnifico (19-0-0) owns a one-inch height advantage over Singyu. Incidentally Magsayo is also 5 years younger than his opponent. But he is not, “taking that experience lightly” in a match that will be contested for International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Commission (WBC) titles
Both pugilists have overcome long stretches of inactivity. Magnifico believes that this contributed to Singyu’s three losses in his last four bouts. Magsayo trained relentlessly under manager Vikram Sivapragasam of Vladimir Boxing Promotions during two years without a bout. His patience was rewarded with a fourth-round knockout against Erik Deztroyer.
A full accounting of my conversation with Mark “Magnifico” is transcribed below.
Hopefully when I fight this August I will get back my rankings in WBC and IBF as well.
Yes. I learned that I need to be more patient with my opponent because first few rounds with Erik Deztroyer I was so excited to punch and get a KO.
No. He is only a few years older, but he has a lot more experience than me actually and I am not taking that experience lightly. I prepared hard for this fight. I want to show the people a good fight and that I am deserve this fight.
He stopped for 2 years — I think that’s why, which is also the same as my inactivity but that doesn’t mean he is weak. Like me, I didn’t fight for a while but I never stopped training. He also went back with a win over a Filipino recently.
Yes but he dropped Sor Singyu, Marlon is also a world class boxer.
Yes I did, it was a very exciting fight and I hope we can show the people and the fans an exciting match as well.
Yes I will be very careful and I am prepared for Sor Singyu
Very important for me to fight back in Bohol to have my hometown on my back when I fight. They are very supportive of me and especially our Mayor Baba Yap who is paving the way for me to get back in activity.
My manager also Vikram Sivapragasam is the same. He did everything he can for me to fight again. I am very thankful of them and I want to give my best for all of them.
The response is very positive everyone is so excited and even the media I am very thankful for their positive response.
I think they are not aware yet.
Biggest difference is the sparring partners. The style of fighting of the boxers there and here. In Las Vegas their style is very smart boxing, defensive, while in the Philippines its brawl. That is why I picked up and learned a lot with my training in Las Vegas.
I have been training since last year I never stopped training even if I am inactive. I only rest on Sundays. But specifically for Panya I trained for 3 months.
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Yes my coaches picked sparring partners similar style to him and others as well so we are prepared to whatever he brings to the fight.
I am very proud to be fighting with him he is well known for his skills and world class level. It is a great chance for me and I will not waste this opportunity.
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You can read Magsayo’s thoughts following his win over Deztroyer by clicking here.
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