Filipino boxing phenom Mark Magsayo lost both his perfect record and his WBC featherweight belt after a split decision loss to unbeaten opponent Mexican Rey Vargas.

Magsayo scored a ninth round knockdown of Vargas but couldn’t finish the job as the latter racked up the round wins earlier in the match. Magsayo made no excuses for the loss, instead promising to come back an even better fighter.

Via The Ring:

“It’s this today, no matter what I’ll come back stronger, I’m disappointed but I did my best,” said Mark Magsayo, who is promoted by Manny Pacquiao’s MP Promotions.

“I applied the pressure what we trained in the gym, but he was taller and he’s the man today.”

He echoed the sentiments on Twitter after the bout as wee:

“Thats boxing I will come back stronger! Thank you for everybody who supported,” Magsayo later tweeted.

Rey Vargas won over two judges with identical scorecards of 115-112 while Mark Magsayo had one judge with him edging out his opponent 114-113.

Vargas who stands at 5’10” used his superior size and reach to keep the fiery Magsayo, 5’6″, within an arms length with jabs to disrupt his timing. The former plays things strategically, avoiding potential knockout blows as the latter tried to end things with one punch throughout the match – and particularly following the round nine knockdown that nearly turned the tides.

With Magsayo’s defeat, the Philippines is left with no more remaining champions from their stable of fighters as the mighty boxing generation led by Manny Pacquiao has come and gone.