World-rated Magsayo remains unbeaten

Magsayo Vs Hermosillo Fight Night19
Photo: Sean Michael Ham/TGB Promotions

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.

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  • I had Santamaria winning 96-94. It was close but what the hell were those 2 judges watching???

  • Hugs ❤️ to Mr. Kroll and Sr. Santamaria, two fine boxing men. And remember, we musn’t criticize the judges. They are doing their best and their word is final.

    • I hope you’re being sarcastic. Tonight, after over 50 years of watching boxing, I give up. To hell with the judges.

  • Kroll received a gift decision in this fight. I thought Santamaria did enough to either win the decision or get a draw. Those wide scores (99-91) in favor of Kroll were ridiculous. Kroll was the only one hurt in the fight and it seemed to me Santamaria was landing the harder punches.

    I always hold my breath when decisions are announced because it seems half of those rendered recently are just plain wrong. Santamaria should not be discouraged by the decision. He was in this fight to the end. By the same token, Kroll should not rejoice too vigorously. It’s always a crapshoot when you leave it in the hands of the judges. The tide may turn on him in his next fight.

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