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.
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.
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.
A: After the fight date was set we focused on technique.
A: I know that he is a tough opponent. He is a WBC Asia featherweight champion and I trained well for him.
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.
A: I think I did.
A: I never expected that KO because I know he is tough and I never underestimate him.
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.
A: My manager is on it.
A: White rice
A: 1 to 2 weeks I go back to light training.
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.
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