HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. – “Anything you can do, I can do better.”
Diego Magdaleno was ringside when he saw younger brother Jessie Magdaleno stop his foe in the fourth round.
Not wanting to be outdone or maybe by pure motivation, Diego needed to do something to not be outshined, even against a late sub.
Diego Magdaleno knocked out Jorge Pazos in the fourth round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the C. Robert Lee Activities Center on Saturday night.
The bout headlined a Top Rank card and was broadcast live on UniMas.
Magdaleno, who is trained by Joel Diaz, was coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Edgar RioValle on Sept. 28 in Carson, Calif. Prior to that bout on April 6, Magdaleno suffered the only loss of his pro career at the hands of Roman “Rocky” Martinez by split decision in a 12-round WBO junior lightweight title bout.
Pazos took the fight on less than a week’s notice when original opponent Ernie Sanchez was deemed not fit enough to fight.
After an even first round, Magdaleno began to find a rhythm and successfully timing Pazos with left crosses to the head. Magdaleno mixed in some punches to the body and moving out to avoid getting hit by Pazos.
In the third round, Magdaleno dropped Pazos with a combination to the head that culminated with a left cross to the head. Pazos got up and was able to make it through the round.
Magdaleno stepped up his aggression in the fourth round. The persistence paid off as he was able to back Pazos up against the ropes, where he unleashed a left cross to the head, followed by a left to the body. Pazos went down to his knees, where referee Jack Reiss counted him out at 2:27.
While Magdaleno weighed in at 133 pounds for his bout against Pazos, he was adamant about fighting for a world title again at 130 pounds.
Diego Magdaleno, from Las Vegas, Nev., improves to 25-1, 10 knockouts. Pazos, from Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico, falls to 14-7-1, 8 KOs.
Jessie Magdaleno stops Castaneda
In the co-feature bout, Jessie Magdaleno was too much for Roberto Castaneda, stopping him in the fifth round of a scheduled eight-round bout. It was his fifth consecutive stoppage win.
Magdaleno was coming off a third round technical knockout over Raul Hidalgo on Nov. 10. Castaneda entered the bout against Magdaleno having lost four in a row.
It was all Magdaleno in the bout, as he continuously beat the slower and methodical Castaneda to the punch. Magdaleno, who is being trained by Joel Diaz, relied on his quickness to keep Castaneda on the defensive and not allowing him to land anything flush.
The southpaw Magdaleno did serious damage in the second, dropping Castaneda twice in the round. Magdaleno dropped Castaneda with a counter right hook to the head. Castaneda got up, but was met with a four-punch barrage to the head, dropping him again to the canvas. Castaneda was barely able to make it out of the round.
Magdaleno did well backing up in the following rounds, attempting to bait Castaneda to open up so he could counter to the head.
In the fifth, Castaneda mounted a rally, pressing the action. At one point, Castaneda was able to trap Magdaleno in a corner and attacked the body. Undaunted, Magdaleno countered well to the head, dropping Castaneda with a counter right cross to the head. Castaneda made no effort to get up, prompting referee Jack Reiss to wave the fight over at 2:48.
Jessie Magdaleno, from Las Vegas, Nev., improves to 18-0, 14 KOs. Castaneda, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, falls to 20-6-1, 15 KOs.
Falcao successful in debut
Esquiva Falcao was successful in his professional debut, stopping game Joshua Robertson in the fourth round of a scheduled six-round bout.
Falcao represented Brazil in the 2012 London Games, where he won a silver medal.
The southpaw Falcao was effective from the outset, beating Robertson to the punch with counter hooks or crosses behind a consistent jab. Robertson was able to land a straight right hand every so often, but not enough to keep Falcao off of him.
Falcao began digging to the body in the third round, slowly breaking Robertson down. In the fourth round, Falcao stepped up his aggression, landing at will against a retreating Robertson. Once Robertson was pinned against the ropes and not fighting back, referee Jerry Cantu stepped in and waved the fight over at 2:46.
Robertson, who hails from Lynchburg, Va., falls to 5-5, 1 KO.
Light heavyweight prospect Trevor McCumby (14-0, 11 KOs) was too much for Chris Eppley (10-4, 9 KOs), stopping him on his feet in the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Time was 1:59.
Local standout Saul Rodriguez (12-0-1, 9 KOs) dropped Jose Iniguez (7-17, 1 KO) twice in the first round, eventually dropping him with a counter left hook to the head at 35 seconds of the second round.
Eleven-time amateur champion Gary Salazar (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Carlos Gonzalez with a left hook to the head in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Time of the knockout was 1:40.
Junior lightweight Adam Fiel (2-0, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Luis Pelayo, who was making his professional debut. Fiel dropped Pelayo with a right hand in the first round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Fiel, 40-35, 39-36, and 38-37.
In the opening bout of the Top Rank-promoted card, Sukhrab Shidaev (11-0, 7 KOs) won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Moises Alvizo (3-8-1). All three judges scored the bout in favor of Shidaev, 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54.
In the walkout bout, and what turned out to be the fight of the night, Pedro Duran (5-0, 3 KOs) won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Erick Aguirre (2-3-1).
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Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and Boxingscene.com. He could be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing