Another Knock Out For Diego
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.
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 &
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
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
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.