New Faces: Jesse Magdaleno
Manager: Pat Barry
Next fight: Magdaleno makes his second appearance on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights on Aug. 3 against Aldimar Silva Santos (17-2-1, 9 knockouts) at Texas Station Casino in Madaleno’s backyard of Las Vegas. The bout is the co-feature on the telecast and if it goes the distance, it will be the first time he’s been eight rounds. The 31-year-old Brazilian has fought mostly limited opposition.
Why he’s a prospect: Magdaleno has an excellent amateur pedigree, the 2009 U.S. National Champion at 119 pounds as well as the 2009 National Golden Gloves Champion at the same weight. He was a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team that is in London, but decided to forego the trials and turn pro. He’s a southpaw who can do damage with either hand and has good movement. He’s known for having an excellent work ethic. Magdaleno has an aggressive style, a contrast to his older brother Diego who is more crafty. He’s shown good ring generalship for a young fighter and “his defense is obvious to the public” said his trainer Pat Barry. A boxer-puncher, Magdaleno said “I’m a brawler and a fighter, I do like to go toe-to-toe, but I do like to box just like my brother [Diego] can.” He likes to pressure, making for entertaining fights.
Why he’s a suspect: With only 10 bouts against limited opposition on his ledger, it’s too soon to see any discernible flaws.
Story lines: Magdaleno is a southpaw but is naturally right-handed. He broke his hand in the fourth grade and can now write with both hands, making him a two-fisted puncher. One of six, his older brother (by five years), Diego is ranked at No. 5 by THE RING at junior lightweight. His younger brother, Marco, is coming up through the amateur ranks. His father was a professional soccer player and Jesse played soccer growing up as well. He started boxing at seven-years-old and knew he had a future in boxing after winning his first tournament at age 13. He and Diego are inseparable and he says he’s followed in his brother’s footsteps, learning much from him. After 15-17 pro bouts, “he will be a mainstay” said Barry. Barry trains the Magdaleno brothers along with his son-in-law and former world champion Augie Sanchez. His goal is to be champion simultaneous with his brother Diego. “We’re going to be legendary,” said Magdaleno. “We will make a statement in boxing.” Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler said “Jesse has a chance to be a special fighter in years to come.”
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