Magsayo plans to move up in weight

FOLLOWING a painful defeat to Brandon Figueroa in an interim World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight title fight, former world champion Mark Magsayo has decided to move up in weight.

The 27-year-old Magsayo announced through his official Facebook page that he will move up to the super featherweight division after a decade of fighting in the 126-pound weight category.

“(I) Will definitely be back soon on a higher weight class. 10 YEARS IN FEATHERWEIGHT with great fights vs. great fighters has been awesome for me. Moving forward to a new chapter in my career to make greater fights and more history. I will keep improving on my craft as I grow as a fighter and as a person. SEE YOU SOON 130. See you soon in the beautiful sport of boxing and much respect everybody,” Magsayo posted on his Facebook page.

At super featherweight, Magsayo could challenge for a world title against the likes of World Boxing Organization king Emanuel Navarrete, WBC champion O’Shaquie Foster, undefeated International Boxing Federation titleholder Shavkat Rakhimov and World Boxing Association titlist Hector Luis Garcia.

The super featherweight division also features fighters like Oscar Valdez, Leo Santa Cruz, Joe Cordina, Robson Conceicao, Roger Gutierrez, Kenichi Ogawa, Lamont Roach Jr. and Albert Bell to name a few.

Magsayo is currently ranked No. 2 in the featherweight division. But after the loss to Figueroa, that rank will most likely dip. He’ll have to build himself up again in the super featherweight division to become a contender at that weight class.

Magsayo suffered his second straight defeat after losing to Figueroa by unanimous decision. Prior to that fight, Magsayo lost his WBC featherweight strap following a split decision to Rey Vargas last year.

Magsayo won the WBC featherweight belt after dethroning long-time titleholder Gary Russell Jr. by majority decision in 2022.