Unbeaten WBC #4, IBF #4, WBA #14 featherweight Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (21-0, 14 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Rigoberto Hermosillo (11-3-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night without fans in attendance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Hermosillo outworked Magsayo in many rounds, but two judges preferred Magsayo’s harder shots by scores of 100-90, 96-94 Magsayo, 96-94 Hermosillo.
“I’m very happy to get this victory,” said Magsayo, who was trained for the first time by renowned coach Freddie Roach heading into this bout. “Freddie got me in great shape for this fight and I’m happy working with him. I faced a tough fighter tonight, but I know I’m ready to beat anyone in the division.”
“Magsayo is one of the best punchers in our gym,” said Roach. “He wasn’t letting his hands go enough tonight. We just need him to keep throwing more combinations, but he did enough to win the fight tonight and we’re grateful for that.”
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Paul Kroll (8-0, 6 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luke Santamaria (11-2-1, 7 KOs). Santamaria hurt Kroll with a body shot in round two and seemingly took the early rounds. Kroll came on late. Judges weren’t giving Santamaria nuthin’. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 96-94.
The unbeaten Barrientes twins both went the distance for the first time in separate six-round featherweight bouts. Ángel Barrientes (4-0, 3 KOs) outpointed Fernando Ibarra (2-4, 0 KOs) by scores of 59-54 3x. Angel deducted a point for holding in round six. Chavez Barrientes (4-0, 3 KOs) outscored Ivan Varela (3-4, 1 KO) by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.