By J. Jala | 10:44 PM March 03, 2022
Bohol’s pride Mark “‘Magnifico” Magsayo’s
homecoming on Thursday was every bit a hero’s welcome after he won against Gary Allen Russel Jr.
People from all walks of life—children included—lined up the path of Magsayo’s motorcade from the airport to the city hall and chanted his name as he passed.
Magsayo, wearing white shirt, was with Tagbilaran Mayor Baba Yap and his wife Jane on a vehicle adorned with green balloons. About a dozen other vehicles trailed his float as it passed by the city’s major thoroughfares.
He was all smiles and waved his hand to the crowd, which was apparently ecstatic at welcoming him home.
At the city hall, he was given a plaque of recognition which commended him for his courage and aggressiveness during his fight against Russel last January 2022 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.
Magsayo is the first Tagbilaranon boxing world champion, new World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight Champion.