At the age of 26, Jessie is a six-year pro. The WBO junior featherweight world champion, he is one of boxing’s rising young stars. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout.
Jessie is a stablemate of WBO featherweight world champion Oscar Valdez – both are managed by Frank Espinoza and trained by Manuel Robles. Jessie is also the younger brother, by five years, of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno.
In his last fight on April 22 in Carson, California, Jessie made his first defense of the WBO title and won by second-round knockout against Adeilson Dos Santos.
Dan Rafael reported on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Magdaleno crushed Dos Santos in his first defense.
Magdaleno looked razor sharp as he dropped him with a clean right hook in the second round, battered him around the ring and then dropped him again with a pair of right hands. Dos Santos went down to a knee and [the] referee was quick with the hook, waving it off without a count at 2 minutes, 51 seconds. [End Rafael item]
In his previous fight on November 5, 2016, in Las Vegas, Jessie won the WBO title with a 12-round unanimous decision against former four-division world champion and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Fighter of the Year” Nonito Donaire. The bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas main event.
Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a hard-hitting and highly entertaining fight, Jessie Magdaleno upset Nonito Donaire by unanimous decision to win a junior featherweight world title at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Magdaleno, the mandatory challenger, outworked Donaire en route to decision on scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112. Magdaleno’s best weapon was his right hand, which he landed a lot, while Donaire lunged with his right and had a hard time connecting cleanly.
Magdaleno had a huge ninth round, as he backed Donaire into the ropes with a flurry in the final minute and worked him over. Magdaleno landed several unanswered punches, including some hard right hands and a big left as the round wore down.
But Donaire came out strong in the 10th round and hurt Magdaleno early with a right hand….
Donaire closed strongly. He landed a right hand that seemed to stun a tiring Magdaleno in the final minute of the fight and struck with several more powerful right hands as the crowd went wild. [End Rafael item]
In an earlier interview, 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.”