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article imageMark Magsayo gears up for 17th straight win against Daniel Diaz

By Leo Reyes     Jun 16, 2017 in Sports
Filipino rising star Mark Magsayo is set to defend his WBO International featherweight title against Daniel Diaz of Nicaragua in ALA Promotions "Pinoy Pride" series presentation on July 8 at the IEC Convention Center, Cebu City, Philippines.
Magsayo (16-0-0, 12KOs) leads seven other Filipino title challengers and prospects in the 41st edition of the long-running "Pinoy Pride" series by leading local and international promoter ALA Promotions.
Supporting bouts for "Pinoy Pride" 41st edition include Philippines’ No.1 Super Bantamweight Jeo “Santino” Santisima, WBO No. No.12 Featherweight “Prince” Albert Pagara, and former world title challenger Melvin “Gringo” Jerusalem.
Also included in the supporting event are former amateur prospects KJ Cataraja, Junrel Jimenez, Esneth Domingo, and Jino Macapobre.
The 33-year old Diaz (23-7-2, 15KOs), who hails from Managua, Nicaragua, is fresh off a unanimous decision win over Jorge Moreno last April. He is an orthodox fighter and stands almost three inches taller than Magsayo.
Magsayo, who remains unbeaten in 16 career fights since turning pro in 2013, is coming off a TKO win against Issa Nampepeche last April to keep his WBO International featherweight title
Before his first round TKO win against Nampepeche, he scored a unanimous decision win over Mexican Ramiro Robles following his 6th round TKO win against Mexican-American Chris Avalos of Lancaster, California last April at the Cebu City Sports Complex, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.
It was one of Magsayo's finest victories as Avalos has a fairly good credential, having fought more than 30 times including fight with Carl Fampton in Ireland in 2015. He also held the WBO-NABO Bantamweight belt in 2010. Read more:
Magsayo is known for his hand and foot speed almost resembling the fighting style of compatriot Manny Pacquiao. He is also a knockout artist having a KO rate of 75 percent.
Magsayo is one of ALA Promotions best hope for another major world title for the Philippines. A win over Daniel Diaz on July 8 would further boost Magsayo's quest for a major world title victory for himself and for his country.
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