Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo and veteran Thai opponent Panya Uthok made weight during their bout’s official weigh-in on Friday but not before officials agreed on granting a consideration as both initially weighed half a pound above the weight limit.
Both Magsayo (19-0, 14 KOs) and Uthok (53-6, 35 KOs) tipped the scales at 126.5 lbs. during the weigh-in of the Bohol’s Pride fight card at the Bohol Quality Mall in Tagbilaran City ahead of their continental title bout at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium in Tagbilaran City on Saturday.
Officials including a World Boxing Council representative agreed however that both boxers’ underwear weighed half a pound apiece, officially deeming both as within the 126-lb weight limit.
The WBC Asia featherweight title will still be up for grabs during the 12-round bout.
In a press conference Thursday, Uthok who has been dubbed the “Filipino Executioner” for defeating a slew of Filipino foes said that he will be gunning for a knockout win.
Magsayo on the other hand kept his cool and said that he will let his fists do the talking on the ring and that he will try to give fans an entertaining fight.
“Paninkamutan nako na ma-nindot ang among away kay nagpreparar ko sa training og tulo ka bulan,” he said.
The young Boholano boxer however said that he will not be complacent, pointing out Uthok’s past victories over Filipino opponents including AJ Banal, one of the country’s top boxing prospects, who he knocked out in the ninth round of their 12-round bout in Pasay City in 2012.
Uthok also knocked out Japanese Ryo Akaho in 2015 to win the vacant WBO world bantamweight title. (AD)