At the age of 24 – with 25 coming three days after this fight – Jessie is a six-year pro. A rising young contender at 122 pounds, he is the WBO’s No. 1 ranked mandatory world title challenger. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout.
He is the younger brother, by five years, of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno.
He is also a stablemate of WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez – both are managed by Frank Espinioza and trained by Manuel Robles.
Jessie stayed active in the ring with three fights in 2015 – he gave impressive performances and climbed in the world rankings.
In his last fight on February 20 in Phoenix he won by seventh-round knockout against Rey Perez.
The Ring’s Francisco Salazar reported [excerpts]: With a possible world title bout looming, Jessie Magdaleno was not about to overlook his opponent on Saturday night. Instead, he wanted to make a statement.
Magdaleno is the mandatory challenger for the WBO title.
Magdaleno wore down and eventually knocked out Rey Perez in the seventh round at the Celebrity Theatre.
Magdaleno had little trouble with Perez. The southpaw Magdaleno was content to work from the outside, looking to score with hooks and right hands to Perez’s body.
The taller Perez attempted to score with lead and counter right hands to Magdaleno’s head, but his punch output dropped considerably as the bout progressed.
Magdaleno let his hands go more whenever he backed Perez against the ropes, landing an array of hard punches to the head, particularly with counter right hooks to the head.
The end came near the conclusion of the seventh round. Magdaleno landed a hard left hand to Perez’s belt-line, immediately dropping him to the canvas. [The] referee counted Perez out at 2:51.
“I took my time and I knew I was going to hurt him with that punch,” said Magdaleno after the fight.
“We’re ready for a world title shot.” [End Salazar item]
During the build-up to this fight, Jessie said, “As a kid I’ve dreamt of this moment, and the time is finally here. On November 5th, I will be victorious with my hands raised up high and a belt around my waist.
Trainer Manuel Robles added, “It’s a pleasure to work with Jessie Magdaleno. We’ve been working together since July 23rd, and so far training camp has been great – the weight hasn’t been an issue, sparring hasn’t been an issue as he has been working with top-notch boxers, and the workload has not been an issue. He has embraced the work and is definitely up to the challenge as he faces Nonito Donaire.”
Describing his own style, Jessie said, “When I fight, I can be a boxer and at the same time, I can be a brawler. My game, I usually put the pressure on more. After my first professional fight, I kind of noticed that I still sort of fighting like an amateur, throwing an outrageous amount of punches and using my speed a lot more.
“After that fight, me and Diego, we worked hard and he taught me a lot of stuff that I kept my eyes open on, from calming down, using the ring more, being a boxer instead of always being a brawler.”