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By Rocky Morales at ringside

Defending WBO Junior Featherweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking out his Brazilian challenger, Adeilson Dos Santos (18-3, 14KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The southpaw Magdaleno outboxed Dos Santos in the opening round but then picked things up in the second round, staggering Dos Santos with a hard left cross and dropping him with a follow-up right hook. From there, Dos Santos held on for dear life and nearly made it out of the round but another well landed right cross dropped him for a second time. The referee, to the mild protest of Dos Santos stopped the bout seemingly because Dos Santos just wasn’t fighting back rather than Dos Santos being unable to continue.

Time of the knockout was 2:51 of the second round and, with the win, Magdaleno successfully defends and retains the WBO Jr. Featherweight championship. After the bout, Magdaleno called out fellow champions Guillermo Rigondeaux (WBA) and Rey Vargas (WBC) to face him in a title unification bout.

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Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013

Title:  WBO Jr. Featherweight Championship

Location:  Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Promoter: Top Rank/Bob Arum

Supervisor:  Jose Izquierdo, Esq.

Referee:  Benjy Esteves, Jr.

Judges: Robin Taylor (120-108, Ron McNair (120-108) and Henry Grant (120-108)

Result: Rigondeaux won a 12-round unanimous decision over Joseph Agbeko.


Boxing fans were in for a special surprise treat during the celebratory concert by Cuban salsa superstar Willy Chirino at the new Hialeah Park Casino in South Florida which took place Saturday August 30, 2013. Willy Chirino put his performance on pause in front of 10,000 fans of mostly Cuban heritage as new Ring Magazine top 10 P4P fighter and current WBA/WBO Jr. Featherweight World Champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux was  brought on stage to be awarded the Ring Magazine Championship belt  in the Jr. Featherweight division by former fight judge and current representative of Ring Magazine, Chuck Giampa.

Rigondeax was respectful of his comments during the award ceremony about the legendary Hialeah Park racetrack and expressed joy that the new casino would make this gem once again the premier location for South Florida entertainment. In closing he expressed that he is looking forward to the possibility of fighting in front of his adoptive city of Miami at Hialeah Park Racetrack and Casino. Rigondeaux further stated that he is looking for his co-promoters Caribe Promotions and Top Rank to work with HBO to consider the possibility of making boxing history by bringing his next fight to the renowned Hialeah Park Race track and Casino.

Rigondeaux was recognized for his honor by decisively outpointing former WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in April of this year. Press & Photo Credits:  Creativas Group Public Relations & JC Pixz





Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (31-0, 26 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., former WBO junior featherweight and WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico will be squaring off in a title fight which will take place on Saturday, June 15 and will be televised live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on HBO Boxing After Dark.

Garcia and JuanMa will be hosting a press conference this Thursday,  May 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m. CT,  at the American Airlines Center (2500 Victory Ave., Dallas, TX 75219) to officially announce the fight. Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will also be in attendance.

This will mark the first time HBO has ever broadcast a fight from the American Airlines Center.  The Garcia – Lopez world championship event will be promoted by Top Rank®, in association with PR Best Boxing, Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.

Garcia vs. Lopez would have been a real mouth-watering fight a couple of years ago. Of course, Top Rank took its time giving Garcia his shot, and since then, we all know what’s happened to JuanMa, being knocked out twice. Garcia now holds JuanMa’s former belt, which he lost to Orlando Salido.

This almost feels as if they’re feeding their once cash-cow to their next up and coming star. But we don’t really know how Mikey will respond to the offense and power of Lopez, so there’s definitely still some intrigue and excitement here. Their two styles should mesh well to produce a fun fight, too.