Showtime’s boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation, which spotlights up-and-comers in the sport, has spawned 43 major titleholders since it’s inception in 2001.
If Diego Magdaleno, who headlined ShoBox’s 10th-anniversary episode in his hometown Las Vegas on Friday, continues to improve at his current rate, the junior lightweight prospect will likely become the show’s 44th alum to win a major belt.
Magdaleno (20-0, 7 knockouts) showed the character of a future titleholder by getting up from a first-round knockdown and soundly outclassing game spoiler Alejandro Perez over the next nine rounds to win a unanimous decision by scores of 98-90, 99-90 and 98-91.
Magdaleno was caught by a counter overhand right by Perez in the opening round, not unlike the shot that Perez used to knock out Antonio Escalante in his last bout. However, the 24-year-old southpaw got up clear headed and quickly established his jab, which controlled Perez (15-3-1, 10 KOs) whether he pressed or circled the 25-year-old resident of Salinas, Calif.
Magdaleno’s jab also set up accurate counter punches and body-head combinations that opened a bad cut over Perez’s right eye and thoroughly stifled the tough guy’s offense over the second half of the fight.
Perez came alive and fought back in the final two minutes of the 10th round when Magdaleno gunned for a stoppage but it was too little, too late. Magdaleno, who looks like he’s ready to take on a top-10 or top-15 contender, was simply too big, too skilled and too busy.
In the opening bout of the broadcast, junior lightweight prospect Casey Ramos (14-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated with an eight-round split decision over Georgi Kevlishvili (12-3, 3 KOs) that he appeared to win handily.
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