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Donaire Sr says Magsayo needs to improve accuracy of his punches, hopes to see improvement

Renowned boxing trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. is hoping that WBC world featherweight champion Mark Magsayo has improved his flaws ahead of his first title defense against Rey Vargas on July 10 (PH time) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“It could be a tough one for Magsayo. I hope he could change the way he punches. He is too wide, gives it all, and sometimes he does not think he just throws his punches. I hope he improves because punches should be accurate in boxing,” Donaire Sr told Sparring Sessions LIVE.

Magsayo, 24-0 with 16 knockouts as a prizefighter, became a world champion when he defeated an injured Gary Russell Jr via majority decision last January. He also saw action last August against Julio Ceja, a fight where he was dropped and losing until he scored a knockout.

“I would say this is a 50-50 [fight]. He was not impressive from what I saw in his fights. Against an injured Russell he won a [majority’ decision. In the [Ceja fight] he got a one punch [knockout]. He was losing that fight but got lucky with a knockout,” Donaire Sr. said.

“He did not impress me in his last two fights. Mexicans can take a punch, but if [Vargas] gets caught by Magsayo then he could go to sleep.”

—JMB, GMA News