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The eyes of the boxing world will be on Las Vegas again this weekend as Manny Pacquiao Promotions and Tom Brown for TGB Promotions present an evening of world championship boxing. Pacquiao takes on Yordenis Ugas for the WBA welterweight world title in the headliner, and fight fans can’t wait to see Pac-Man back in action.
The P4P king aims to regain the belt he never lost inside the ring and has vowed to teach his opponent – who stepped in at late notice to replace the injured Errol Spence Jr – how to become a real champion. A mouth-watering 12 rounds await and that one is expected to go the distance.
There’s a fight on the undercard that caught our attention, and that’s the focus of this article. Mark Magsayo of the Philippines battles Mexican Julio Ceja for the WBO International featherweight title. Magsayo is the unbeaten fighter quickly working through the ranks but he faces a tough opponent here, one that could derail his quest for major honors.
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All major bookmakers are offering odds on the best of the night’s fights and traders have been busy at work covering this undercard bout that has the potential to upstage the main event. The leading betting apps featured on our site allow you to place a bet on the winner of Magsayo vs Ceja or one of the many eye-catching specials, including total rounds, winning round, or the popular method of victory market. The odds are generous, and there’s plenty of value to be had for those willing to put the work in. I have followed the build-up to this bill and am looking forward to watching Pacquiao’s return in what should be a challenging contest. But the boxing purist in me is drawn to this fight. This is a chance for Magsayo to really make a name for himself in front of a global audience and if he impresses here he can look forward to bigger fights for more important titles in the coming months. Will he achieve that?
Ceja goes into this bout as the more experienced fighter and will feel he has nothing to lose, fighting free from the pressures of expectation. That would have allowed him to prepare for this contest without distraction, and he has been around the block enough times to give him a fair idea of what to expect from his opponent, who understands this is a must-win fight for him. Not only is the result important for Magsayo, but the performance is too.
Mark won by fourth-round stoppage in his most recent outing, but his form shows two of his last three have traveled the scheduled distance, and I expect this one to ask questions of the judges. The experience of Ceja will ensure he steers clear of danger in the first half of the fight when Magsayo is most dangerous. This should be an interesting bout, but I’m backing the youth, desire, and confidence of the Filipino to shine through.
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Mark Magsayo win on points @ +1.63 Caesars Sportsbook
Below you’ll find details on the fight featured and information on how you can watch the bout live on television.
|Mark Magsayo vs Julio Ceja Information|
|Fight||Mark Magsao v Julio Ceja|
|Promoter||Tom Brown / Manny Pacquiao|
|Location||T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas|
|Date and Time||Saturday, August 21, 18:00 EST|
|How to watch||Live on USA FOX|
Magsoyo is currently ranked 16th in the world at featherweight but is moving through the ranks with the passing of each impressive display. This is a step up in the standard of the opponent again, and he will need to be at his best to claim victory number 23. The 26-year-old’s recent form suggests he’s good enough to do that, putting on a show in the process.
Of his 22 wins, Mark has scored 15 by stoppage resulting in a 68% KO average. He has power in each hand and the work rate that has seen him overwhelm lesser opponents in the past, but he will be required to box smart here. Going on the front foot and trying to take an experienced opponent like Ceja out in the early rounds could blow up in his face. Expect to see a different side to this young, hungry fighter who is in a rush to reach the top.
Fighting an upcoming prospect fast approaching the peak of his powers is nothing new to Ceja, who has seen it all before. The Mexican brings a record of 32 wins against four defeats and one draw. Of his victories, he has scored 28 by knockout, resulting in a 75% KO average. He has been stopped three times himself and was taken out in eight rounds by Guillermo Rigondeaux recently.
Pollito is winless in his last three outings, stopped twice and suffering a split decision draw last time. Going back further, Ceja has managed to win only two of his last six, and those victories came against opponents with a combined 19 defeats on their record. He has been matched hard of late, and after failing to get the big breakthrough wins, the danger is he has lost interest and is now fighting for money. Ceja will put on a show and drag his opponent into the later rounds but shouldn’t go close to beating him.
Former professional boxer at the world-famous TRAD TKO Gym in London, I am now a full-time freelance content writer, pundit, and podcast contributor working with some of the biggest names in the sports betting industry. I love boxing, football's most successful team Glasgow Rangers, and horse racing. Email: [email protected]More info on Frank Monkhouse
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