One of the boxers aching to get back into the ring is Mark "Magnifico" Magsayo. The undefeated Filipino boxer is looking for his first fight under MP Promotions and the word going around is that he will be facing Jose Haro. However, the pride of Bohol claims that nothing has been set in stone.
In an exclusive interview with Brian Yalung of ABS-CBN, Magsayo bared that the fight was originally set to take place on May 16. The fight is being rescheduled and reports came out that this would be on Sept. 23. According to Magsayo, this is still not confirmed.
"The fight should have gone down on May 16. I was just informed last week but the fight has yet to be confirmed," Magsayo said in Filipino.
Last Aug. 1, Philboxing via RingTV reported that the 25-year-old Magsayo will be facing Jose Haro next month. Haro last fought in February and won over Genaro Rodriguez via unanimous decision. It was the American boxer's first fight after three years.
In 2017, Haro fought and won over Daniel Franco and won via knockout in the eighth round. Franco fell into a come after that but was able to recover. However, his boxing career came to an abrupt end.
With only the date keeping Magsayo and Haro from facing off, the Filipino is making sure that he is ready. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Magsayo made sure he kept himself in shape while restricted in the Philippines. When travel restrictions eased up, the WBC-ABC featherweight champion flew to the United States to resume his training under Freddie Roach.
As early as now, Magsayo is already studying the style of Haro. He knows that the 33-year-old is a former junior Olympian and a dangerous adversary.
"He is good. I am looking at his strengths and I know he has only one loss. We are making sure we are ready for him," Magsayo said.
Magsayo was also asked about his thoughts about Haro. That included leaving Franco in a coma after their bout. He says he is not bothered by it and his style is different from Franco.
"Not really because we are preparing for all fights. I have a different style compared to Haro," Magsayo said.
If the fight pushes through, Magsayo knows he may have to fight with no audience in attendance. He admits that it will be a bit different but something he needs to adjust to.
"It's better to have an audience especially if there are Filipinos. But we are all helpless right now and need to adapt to the situation," Magsayo ended.