Mark Magsayo’s stint as world champion unfortunately didn’t last very long.
The Filipino boxing star and Freddie Roach product won the WBC featherweight title in January, but faltered and dropped a split decision in his first attempt to defend the belt. He faced Rey Vargas, who looked to be just a tad more technical as he picked his shots and won majority of the rounds.
Magsayo had a very real chance to win late as he scored a knockdown in the ninth round, but the Mexican fighter survived and won enough rounds to take a well deserved and hard fought decision.
One judge scored the bout for Magsayo, but the two others gave it to Vargas. The official scores were 113-114 for Magsayo, and 115-112 twice for Vargas.
With the victory, Vargas became a two-division champion as he took home the WBC title and improved his undefeated record to 36-0. Magsayo, on the other hand, sustained the first loss of his career and is now 24-1 after losing his belt.
Watch highlights from the bout below.