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  Magdaleno By DQ;
Lopez Grabs NABF Title

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


In the main event on ESPN Super Featherweight Jessie Magdaleno (28-1, 18 KOs) was fouled over and over again by Yenifel Vicente (36-5-2, 28 KOs) until the referee had no choice but to halt the proceedings in the tenth round after what seemed to be low blow # 7 delivered by Vicente.

Along the way Magdeleno scored two knockdowns against this very rugged and dirty opponent. This was an ugly fight, certainly not what anyone was hoping for in the Main Event. It was a strange fight to say the least. Certainly not the kind of showing Magdaleno would have wanted, but Vicente is just the kind of fighter that can make a world class fighter look pedestrian. And thats just what happened tonight.

Officially the ref DQd Vicente at the 1:38 mark of the tenth round giving Magdaleno the victory.

When asked about tonights foulfest and what is next Magdaleno quipped, He was a rugged fighter. He was a tough veteran. I tip my hat off to him. He knew what he was doing. His way to get me low. Tough guy, but I wasnt going to let him get in my head. I kept my composure; got the win and we move on to the next one. Gary Russell, Im coming for you. But like Ive said before, I want any of the champions at 126 pounds. I want to be a two-division world champion. Simple as that.

Featherweights Adam Lopez (14-2, 6 KOs) and Luis Coria (12-3, 7 KOs) opened the ESPN broadcast with a spectacular fan friendly bout that had the vacant NABF Featherweight Title up for grabs. This was the kind of bout that boxing fans have been clamoring for.

In the opening rounds Coria got off to a blazing start pressing and pushing the inside work hard and landing some big shots on Lopez. But in the third round Lopez turned things around and started fighting at his distance and comfort zone. Suddenly the fight had a new personality as it was Lopez who was dominate over the next few rounds.

The corners of both fighters came into play in the quiet fan-less arena. It became somewhat of a verbal chess match as the fight ensued. Coria picked it up again in the latter rounds as a worse for wear Lopez began to slow down and was allowing Coria to get back into his wheelhouse.

The thrilling ten round fight went the distance and it was up to the judges to sort this one out. Razor thin scores of 95-95, and 96-94 twice gave Lopez the hard-earned victory.

Reflecting on the battle Lopez said, That was my toughest fight to date. I used to say my fight with Jean Carlos Rivera was my toughest fight, but this one was definitely my toughest fight. He was relentless. I hurt my hand hitting him that many times with my jab. Listen, I want to fight anyone Top Rank puts in front of me. This was a great, close fight, and I have the utmost respect for Louie Coria.

They opened their fight with dueling knockdowns in the first round and then lightweights Eric Mondragon and (3-0-1, 2 KOs) Mike Danny Sanchez (6-0-1, 2 KOs) went toe to toe over the next three rounds in a battle of young undefeated fighters.

Both fighters learned a lot from this scrap that went the four round distance. The fighters basically came out none the worse for wear as the judges rendered this one a majority draw. Final tallies read, 39-37 Mondragon & 38-38 twice.

His day job is as a pre-school teacher but at night Bantamweight Gabriel Muratalla (3-0, 3 KO) is busy teaching another kind of lesson. Just ask Fernando Robles (2-3) who took a 2 minute and 33 second course in how to eat leather. Muratallas right hand to the head put and end to this one as Robles fell into the corner and was unable to get back up to his feet.

The jubilant Muratalla shared, Its wild. It was an experience and Im happy I did my thing. Just patience and I tried to look up how he fought. I really couldnt find much of him. He was really awkward. That right hand did land, so Im thankful for that.


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