Jessie Magdaleno vs. Rafael Rivera Set For Navarrete vs.
De Vaca ESPN Co-Feature Aug. 17
Former junior featherweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno
will take on Rafael Rivera in a 10-round featherweight clash
Saturday, Aug. 17 at Banc of California Stadium. The
Magdaleno-Rivera fight will be the co-feature underneath
Emanuel Navarrete’s WBO junior featherweight world title
defense against Francisco “Panchito” De Vaca.
Navarrete-De Vaca was elevated to main event status after
Jose Benavidez Jr.’s leg injury forced him to pull out of
his welterweight bout against Luis Collazo.
Navarrete-De Vaca and Magdaleno-Rivera will headline the
inaugural fight card at the year-old stadium and will be
televised live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10
p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
“This is a great opportunity as I continue my quest to
become a two-weight world champion,” Magdaleno said.
“Nothing is going to stand in my way, especially Rafael
Rivera. He is a tough guy, but I am in a different class.”
“I have experience at the highest levels of the sport, so
Magdaleno is not going to intimidate me,” Rivera said. “I
know what a win would mean for my career. I am going to
bring my Mexican fighting spirit to Los Angeles and hand
Magdaleno the second loss of his career.”
Magdaleno (26-1, 18 KOs) will be making his second ring
appearance since losing his world title in April 2018 in a
Fight of the Year contender to Isaac Dogboe. The Las Vegas
native, who made one successful defense of the belt he won
from future Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire in November 2016,
moved up to featherweight following the Dogboe defeat. He
returned March 23 in Costa Mesa, California, and won a wide
unanimous decision over former world champion Rico Ramos.
Rivera (27-3-2, 18 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, has never
been knocked out as a pro and is two fights removed from a
spirited effort in a decision loss to WBA super world
featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz. In July 2018, he
dropped a tightly contested split decision to top
featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez, who was 19-0 at the