Undefeated Filipino boxer Mark Magsayo is new WBC Asia Featherweight Champion, beats Thailand’s Panya Uthok at ‘Pride of Bohol’

Mark Magsayo
Mark Magsayo

Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo, 24, of Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines is still undefeated. The Filipino boxer won the vacant World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Featherweight Championship title at “Pride of Bohol” in his hometown.

Vladimir Boxing Promotions held “Pride of Bohol,” with seven professional boxing matches, at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium in Tagbilaran. In the main event of the evening, Magsayo competed for the WBC Asia Featherweight Championship belt against Panya Uthok, 29, of Bangkok, Thailand.

Jerrold Tomeldan served as the referee while Damrong Simakajornboon was the supervisor. Oliver Garcia, Nowel Haduca and Arnie Najera were the judges.

After 12 three-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. Both Garcia and Najera scored it 120-108 while Haduca scored it 118-110 all in favor of the hometown hero.

In the end, Tomeldan raised the hand of Magsayo, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. Winning at “Pride of Bohol” improved the professional boxing record of the undefeated Filipino boxer to 20 wins and 0 loss.

On the other hand, Uthok now has 53 wins and 7 losses. The Thai boxer has been competing professionally since 2004 and it was his second time to compete in the Philippines.

Magsayo was born in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines on June 22, 1995. He is now based in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

On May 25, 2013, Magsayo made his professional boxing debut in Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines. He knocked out his countryman Melton Sandal.

Among the three victories of Magsayo, three took place outside the Philippines. On October 17, 2019, he successfully defended his International Boxing Federation Young Featherweight Championship title against Yardley Suarez, 25, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, United States.

On September 24, 2016, Magsayo returned to the StubHub Center where he defeated Ramiro “Zurdo” Robles, 26, of Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico for the World Boxing Organization International Featherweight Championship title. On April 12, 2019, the undefeated Filipino boxer knocked out Ery “Erick Deztroyer” Subiyasno, 33, of Surabaya, Indonesia at The Ring Boxing Communit in Singapore.

Meanwhile, here is Magsayo in a “Pride of Bohol” press conference at Howzat Sports Bar in Makati City, Metro Manila weeks before fight night:

Sultan Kudarat, Philippines’ Giovanni Escaner keeps Philippine Bantamweight Championship, beats Renoel Pael at ‘Pride of Bohol’

Giovanni Escaner
Giovanni Escaner

Hailing from Lebak, Sultan Kudarat, Philippines, Giovanni “The Little Giant” Escaner, 29, is still the the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board Bantamweight Champion. He successfully defended his title at “Pride of Bohol” on August 31, 2019.

Vladimir Boxing Promotions held “Pride of Bohol,” with seven professional boxing matches, at the Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium in Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines. In the sixth bout of the evening, Renoel “Pael R Singwancha” Pael, 34, of Matalom, Leyte, Philippines challenged Escaner for the Philippines’ GAB Bantamweight Championship title.

Delbert Pelegrino served as the referee of the title bout. After 12 three-minute rounds, the bantamweight contest was left in the hands of the judges namely Oliver Garcia, Tony Pesons and Angelito Piquero.

Both Garcia and Pesons scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Escaner while Piquero scored it 113-115 in favor of Pael. In the end, Pelegrino raised the hand of the Sultan Kudarat native, who was declared the winner via split decision.

Winning at “Pride of Bohol” improved the professional boxing record of Escaner to 20 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Pael now has 23 wins, 10 losses and  draw.

Escaner earned the Philippines’ GAB Bantamweight Championship title on December 22, 2018 by defeating Rene Dacquel, 30, of Manabo, Abra, Philippines via corner retirement. The two competed for the then vacant title at the Elorde Sports Center in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Escaner was born in Lebak on May 23, 1990. He is currently based in Parañaque City.

Meanwhile, here is Escaner and other Filipino boxers on the “Pride of Bohol” card in a press conference weeks before the fight night:

‘Pride of Bohol’ results: Mark Magsayo vs Panya Uthok, Giovanni Escaner vs Renoel Pael in Bohol, Philippines

Mark Magsayo, Panya Uthok

  • Promotion: Vladimir Boxing Promotions
  • Title: “Pride of  Bohol”
  • Venue: Bohol Wisdom School Gymnasium, Tagbilaran, Bohol, Philippines
  •  Date: August 31, 2019


1.  Rafael Ciar (Philippines) vs Pablito Balidio (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Flyweight
  • WINNER:  N/A
  • METHOD: Split Draw
  • ROUNDS: 6
  • REFEREE: Delbert Pelegrino
  • JUDGES (SCORES): Angelito Boaquin (56-58), Arnel Pasion (58-56), Angelito Piquero (57-57)

2. Franco Serafica (Philippines) vs Jimboy Rosales (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Featherweight
  • METHOD: Split Decision
  • ROUNDS: 6
  • REFEREE: Angelito Piquero
  • JUDGES (SCORES): Angelito Boaquin (56-57), Arnel Pasion (57-56), Tony Pesons (59-54)

3. Danrick Sumabong (Philippines) vs Jonathan Francisco (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Super Flyweight
  • METHOD: Split Decision
  • ROUNDS: 8
  • REFEREE: Delbert Peregrino
  • JUDGES AND SCORES: Arnel Pasion (75-76), Tony Pesons (77-74), Angelito Piquero (78-74)

4. Powell Balaba (Philippines) vs Charlie Malupangue (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Light Flyweight
  • METHOD: Unanimous Decision
  • ROUNDS: 6
  • REFEREE: Tony Persons
  • JUDGES AND SCORES: Angelito Boaquin (58-56), Arnel Pasion (58-56), Angelito Piquero (59-55)

5. Virgel “Valiente”Vitor (Philippines) vs Alan Alberca (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Featherweight
  • METHOD: Knockout
  • TIME AND ROUND: 1:11 of Round 4
  • REFEREE: Tony Persons
  • JUDGES: Angelito Boaquin, Arnel Pasion, Angelito Piquero

6. Giovanni “The Little Giant” Escaner (Philippines) vs Renoel “Pael R Singwancha” Pael (Philippines)

  • DIVISION: Philippines Bantamweight Championship
  • METHOD: Split Decision
  • ROUNDS: 12
  • REFEREE: Delbert Pelegrino
  • JUDGES (SCORES): Oliver Garcia (116-112), Tony Pesons (116-112), Angelito Piquero (113-115)

Main Event

7. Mark “Magnifico” Magsayo (Philippines) vs Panya Uthok (Thailand)

  • DIVISION:  World Boxing Council Asian Boxing Council Featherweight Championship
  • METHOD: Unanimous Decision
  • ROUNDS: 3
  • REFEREE: Jerrold Tomeldan
  • JUDGES (SCORES): Oliver Garcia (120-108), Nowel Haduca (118-110), Arnie Najera (120-108)
  • SUPERVISOR: Damrong Simakajornboon

Cancelled bout:

  • Lightweight: Anvar Tuparov (Uzbekistan) vs Roldan “The Cobra” Aldea (Philippines)

Eduard Folayang: Manny Pacquiao truly cares for the Filipino people

Mark Sangiao, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio
Mark Sangiao, Joshua Pacio, Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, in Philippine mixed martial arts is arguably what Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, 40, is in Philippine boxing in terms of influence and popularity. The two sports stars attended the joint National Heroes Day celebration of ONE Championship and Grab Philippines on August 26, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

“Not only is he a sports icon but Manny is also a terrific human being and an amazing public servant who truly cares for the Filipino people,” Folayang stated during the event. “With what he’s given back to the people, even taking money out of his own pocket to help the poor and underprivileged, it’s more than admirable. It’s inspiring, and it’s motivating.”

“Everyone is in good spirits right now,” Folayang added. “It was such an honor to even be in the same room as Manny. He’s an absolute legend in every sense.”

Folayang was with his Team Lakay teammates former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, during the event. Also in attendance were Team Lakay head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, 39, ONE Championship senior executive Victor Cui, 48, and Grab Philippines community members.

ONE Championship and Grab Philippines declared Pacquiao as a national hero during the event. Cui, Sangiao, Folayang, Eustaquio and Pacio presented a beautifully framed ONE Championship world title belt to the boxing legend as a commemorative token.

The Team Lakay members, fans and Grab drivers who all came out to see Pacquiao were treated to a world-class evening program. Pacquiao took the time to make a sizable donation to the Jinkee and Manny Heart Foundation, which gives free heart care for children in the Philippines, and donated 1,000 pesos to every Grab driver in attendance, which ended up totaling 1 million pesos overall.

Meanwhile, watch Pacquiao’s most recent fight here: