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  Another Knock Out For Diego Magdaleno

By Roy & Marlene Marquez


The suddenly explosive Diego Magdaleno put his NABF super featherweight title on the line against lanky Gilberto Sanchez Leon in the main event of ESPNís Friday Night Fights. Brian Kenney and Teddy Atlas were on hand to call the action live from the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Magdaleno (19-0) entered the ring off back-to-back dominant performances and was looking to dazzle as the headliner of the show. He didnít disappoint. Magdaleno started quickly enough, dropping Leon late in the second on route to a 10-8 round. An overhand right to start the third put Leon on the deck and in serious jeopardy.

Up at the count of eight but on unsteady legs, Leon meandered to his right where Magdaleno hammered him with a left that sent the Mexican veteran to the canvas for the second time in the round. Referee Vic Drakulich immediately called a halt to the bout at 49 seconds of the third round. Leon dropped to 29-10-2 with the TKO loss.

Fight veteran Juan Carlos Martinez tapped his way to victory in an upset of fringe featherweight contender Bernabe Concepcion. Martinez (17-12-1) entered the fight with double digit losses on his resume but was determined to make the most of his television appearance. In the early rounds, Martinez worked behind a probing jab to the body and right hand upstairs to back Concepcion to the ropes.

Concepcion (30-4-1) appeared content to get outworked by Martinez and settled into a routine of giving ground and doing little more. Concepcion finally stood his ground in the fifth and landed his best right hands of the fight in a close round. Armed with the key to success, Concepcion turned the tide over the second half of the fight by dropping right hands over Martinezí lowered left glove.

Martinez stayed busy and continued to tap away but became easier to target as fatigue set in. One judge scored the bout 77-75 for Concepcion but was overruled by the others who determined Martinez was the victor by counts of 78-74 & 77-75 respectively.

Amid chants of ďJessie, JessieĒ, young Jessie Magdaleno battled past Jonathan Alcantara to win an entertaining six round super bantamweight bout. Magdaleno (4-0) did his best to keep the fight at center ring where his hand and foot speed advantages paid dividends. Magdaleno was able to pot shot Alcantara with lead lefts and dance away from danger.

Alcantara (4-4-2) needed to turn the bout into a brawl to prevail. Alcantara earned his keep in the corners where he pinned Magdaleno and pounded away at the body with both fists. Unfortunately for Alcantara speed kills and all three judges awarded the fight to Magdaleno by scores of 60-54.

Golden Domer Mike Lee brought a bus load of loyal backers with him to Las Vegas for his fight against fellow light heavyweight Gilbert Gastelum (0-2-1).

Lee (5-0) didnít disappoint his legions as he backed Gastelum around the ring on route to a majority decision win. Lee won by scores of 38-38, 39-37 & 40-36.

Super welterweight Abie Han white washed Taronze Washington over six rounds to win their bout by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 60-54 for Han who ran his record to 13 wins without a loss. With the loss Washington (14-15-2) now has more defeats than victories.

Marlon Tapales won his 17th fight in 18 starts when he defeated Alejandro Solorio (4-5) by majority decision. The battle between the super flyweights was even in the eyes of one judge but the other two judges saw a different fight. The final scorecards tallied 57-57, 60-54 & 59-55, rendering Tapales (17-1) the victor.


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