UNBEATEN prospect Mark Magsayo is taking a cautious approach to his coming fight against Ramiro Robles of Mexico.
The 23-year-old Robles is a last-minute replacement for Ruben Garcia, whose injury forced him to back out of his fight against Magsayo exactly a week before their scheduled showdown in the undercard of the Donnie Nietes-Daniel Sosa flyweight duel at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
The camp of Garcia only informed ALA Promotions about the injury late last week, forcing the Cebu-based boxing body to cram in search for an available opponent on short notice.
In came Robles, a southpaw from Guanajato, Mexico, who sports a 13-5-1 record, including eight KOs.
Although the Mexican has lost four of his last five bouts, that doesn’t mean Magsayo will take things easy on September 24 (Sunday, Manila time) when he returns to the ring after five months of inactivity.
“Hindi pa rin mag-kumpiyansa sa laban,” said head trainer Edito Villamor. “Kahit na one-week notice lang, ang mga Mexicans naman kasi all-year round kundisyon ang mga yan.”
Villamor cited one experience in the past where a change in Mexican opponent was also made in a week’s notice, and yet the boxer almost came away with the victory.
“Naranasan na namin na one week change ang kalaban, pero maganda pa rin ang ipinakita nung Mexicano,” he recalled.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) International featherweight title which Magsayo holds, is at stake in the 12-round bout.
Arthur Villanueva will also see action in the undercard of 'Pinoy Pride 38: Philippine vs. Mexico,' as he battles Mexican rival Juan Jimenez in a rematch of their controversial showdown last May which the Filipino won via a fourth round knockout.
This marks the first time Villanueva is fighting in California.