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Diego Magdaleno
Weightclass:
Super Featherweight
Age:
27
Birthplace:
Las Vegas, NV
Record:
24-1, 9 KOs
Height:
5'6"
Reach:
69
Managers:
Frank Espinoza
Trainers:
Joel Diaz
biography

Twitter: @DiegoMagdaleno  Facebook.com/TopRankDiegoMagdaleno
Ranked WBO #8 at 130 pounds…
World championship fights: 0-1…
Former jr. lightweight world title challenger…
Former NABF super featherweight champion, five successful defenses…
2007 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2004 Western Olympic Trials (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Diego is a five-year pro. A rising young contender at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout. He is the older brother, by five years, of junior featherweight prospect Jessie Magdaleno.
Diego challenged Roman Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight world title in his last fight on April 6. It was a fast-paced, exciting fight – Diego gave a very strong effort, but lost a close 12-round split decision.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: As expected, Martinez and Magdaleno put on a crowd-pleasing fight. Magdaleno hurt Martinez with a clean straight left hand late in the third round. The difference in the fight may have come in the fourth round when Martinez landed a solid right hand to the chin, dropping Magdaleno (who nevertheless didn't seem badly hurt).
Magdaleno regrouped and did a good job of boxing against the more aggressive Martinez. Magdaleno had Martinez in some trouble in the final seconds of the eighth round, rocking him with a flurry of shots as Martinez backed into the ropes. Martinez opened a cut over Magdaleno's left eye in the 10th round as the fight became increasingly action-packed. [End Rafael item]
Diego had an impressive amateur career that...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – in his last fight on 4-6-13 in Macao, CHI, he lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion Roman Martinez (26-1-2): the bout was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Eleazar Valenzuela main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and very close; Diego staggered Martinez with a left hand in the 3rd round, but Martinez came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th; Diego had several rallies as the rounds progressed – he staggered Martinez again in the 8th round, but Diego was cut over his left eye in the 10th; scored 114-113, 115-112 Martinez, 116-111 Magdaleno…
 
2012 – 5TH NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 8-4-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (4th round) against former world title challenger Antonio Davis (29-7): the fight headlined at Texas Station Casino, and Diego dominated; he rocked Davis several times, and staggered him with a left uppercut in the 4th round – Diego then rocked Davis with a series of punches, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…
4TH NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-23-12 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (7th round) against lefthanded late substitute Fernando Beltran (36-7-1): the bout headlined at Casino del Sol; Diego consistently outboxed and and outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; Beltran scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 4th round, but Diego came back strongly later in the round and rallied in the 5th and 6th; Diego scored a knockdown with a series of punches when Beltran was held up by the ropes in the 7th round – Diego then rocked him with another series of punches, Beltran’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:28; after the...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Diego said, “I was born in Beverly Hills, but I grew up in L.A. for the first eight years. Then we moved to Las Vegas. My parents manage a 7-11. I have three older sisters and two younger brothers. My middle brother, Jessie Magdaleno is a pro. He’s like me – he’s righthanded, but fights lefthanded. My youngest brother boxes as an amateur, and he’s coming along. His name is Marcos Magdaleno. He’s the only one that’s all the way lefthanded.
“I started boxing when I was eight. My father is a big soccer fan. In fact, he named me after a soccer player – Diego Maradona. My dad wanted me to play soccer, but every day on the way to the soccer field, there was a boxing gym. We’d pass it every day and it caught my eye one day. It looked like a jungle to me – it had all the ropes, the ring, the different colored bags – that caught my eye right away. So I asked my dad, ‘Let’s swing by,’ and we did. I signed up, tried it for a week. They put me in to spar the very first day I got there to see it that’s I wanted to do. And the coach told me, ‘If you come back tomorrow after this sparring session, I’ll put some time into you.’ That’s what I did. I came back the next day, and just never stopped after that. That was in East L.A. From there, we moved to Las Vegas.
“I’m naturally righthanded. I started out the first year as a righthander but when I first moved to Las Vegas, Kelcie Banks was training me, and he switched me to lefthanded. I just continued that way.
“I had like, 130 amateur fights. I would say 116 wins. I’ve been through the state Golden Gloves, the regional Golden Gloves, made it to the nationals. I was ranked number one after the 2007 U.S. Nationals. The 2004 Western Trials was another big one.
“I’m single, no...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @DiegoMagdaleno  Facebook.com/TopRankDiegoMagdaleno
  • Ranked WBO #8 at 130 pounds…
  • World championship fights: 0-1…
  • Former jr. lightweight world title challenger…
  • Former NABF super featherweight champion, five successful defenses…
  • 2007 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2004 Western Olympic Trials (amateur), 125 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 26, Diego is a five-year pro. A rising young contender at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout. He is the older brother, by five years, of junior featherweight prospect Jessie Magdaleno.

Diego challenged Roman Martinez for the WBO junior lightweight world title in his last fight on April 6. It was a fast-paced, exciting fight – Diego gave a very strong effort, but lost a close 12-round split decision.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: As expected, Martinez and Magdaleno put on a crowd-pleasing fight. Magdaleno hurt Martinez with a clean straight left hand late in the third round. The difference in the fight may have come in the fourth round when Martinez landed a solid right hand to the chin, dropping Magdaleno (who nevertheless didn't seem badly hurt).

Magdaleno regrouped and did a good job of boxing against the more aggressive Martinez. Magdaleno had Martinez in some trouble in the final seconds of the eighth round, rocking him with a flurry of shots as Martinez backed into the ropes. Martinez opened a cut over Magdaleno's left eye in the 10th round as the fight became increasingly action-packed. [End Rafael item]

Diego had an impressive amateur career that included wins against current WBO featherweight world champion Mikey Garcia, and prospects Sadam Ali, Jerry Belmontes, and Michael Dallas Jr.

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – WBO JL WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE – in his last fight on 4-6-13 in Macao, CHI, he lost a 12 round split decision against defending champion Roman Martinez (26-1-2): the bout was one of the co-features with the Zou Shiming-Eleazar Valenzuela main event – it was fast-paced and exciting, and very close; Diego staggered Martinez with a left hand in the 3rd round, but Martinez came back and scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th; Diego had several rallies as the rounds progressed – he staggered Martinez again in the 8th round, but Diego was cut over his left eye in the 10th; scored 114-113, 115-112 Martinez, 116-111 Magdaleno…

 

2012 – 5TH NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - in his last fight on 8-4-12 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (4th round) against former world title challenger Antonio Davis (29-7): the fight headlined at Texas Station Casino, and Diego dominated; he rocked Davis several times, and staggered him with a left uppercut in the 4th round – Diego then rocked Davis with a series of punches, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:59…

4TH NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - on 3-23-12 in Tucson, AZ, he won by TKO (7th round) against lefthanded late substitute Fernando Beltran (36-7-1): the bout headlined at Casino del Sol; Diego consistently outboxed and and outworked him, and dominated most of the fight; Beltran scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 4th round, but Diego came back strongly later in the round and rallied in the 5th and 6th; Diego scored a knockdown with a series of punches when Beltran was held up by the ropes in the 7th round – Diego then rocked him with another series of punches, Beltran’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:28; after the fight, Diego said, "Give him credit - he came into the fight prepared. He was a southpaw, and it took me a couple rounds to get his style down, and with the knockdown, I didn't expect the shots coming from an angle. He caught me, but I gave him a wink and surprised him when I came back at him."…

 

2011 – 3RD NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against former world title challenger Emmanuel Lucero (26-7-1): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay, and Diego dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Lucero; he bloodied Lucero’s nose in the middle rounds and scored a knockdown with a left hand when Lucero was held up by the ropes in the 7th round; scored 100-88, 100-89, 100-87; after the fight, Diego said, “I was definitely trying to go for the knockout. I was sitting down on punches and working on my accuracy. I can always be better though. I’m the biggest critic of myself. I was pretty sharp tonight.”…

2ND NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - on 7-15-11 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1): the bout headlined at the Texas Station Casino; the early rounds were close - Perez scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, but was penalized one point for low blows in the 2nd; Diego consistently outboxed and outworked him in the following rounds, and dominated most of the fight; Perez was cut over his left eye in the 4th round; Diego rocked Perez several times in the late rounds, and won by scores of 98-90, 98-91, 99-90; after the fight, Diego said, I tried to give the fans a good show. I just tried to stay busy, keep the pressure on him, and I think I accomplished that. I know the fans come to see knockouts, but my main concern was making sure I won the fight. I give him credit; he got me with a good shot. Things happen in boxing, but I got right back on the hump. He was trying to hit me with a lot of crazy shots, but I was able to get inside on him, and I think it worked. I thought other than the knockdown in the first round, my defense was really good.”…

1ST NABF SF TITLE DEFENSE - on 5-6-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Gilberto Sanchez-Leon (31-8-2): the fight headlined at Mandalay Bay; Diego was very impressive and quickly overpowered Sanchez-Leon; he scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd – the first with a right hook, the second with a series of punches - and the referee stopped the fight at 0:49; after the fight, Diego said, “Everything in the gym is supposed to be tougher. This was fun. The key was finding the range - once I figured that out, I was fine. That right I hit him with in the second round hurt him. He wasn't the same after that, and I just went out and finished him off. It's not about the number of punches but the quality of punches. I thought I threw a lot of quality punches.”…

 

WON VACANT NABF SF TITLE - on 1-22-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (5th round) against Marcos Leonardo (18-2): the fight headlined at the Texas Station Casino and drew a capacity crowd; Diego started fast and scored a knockdown with a left hand-right hook combination in the 1st round, although video replays showed that it was from a clash of heads; he consistently outworked Leonardo, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; Diego rocked Leonardo with a series of unanswered punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight after the round; after the fight, Diego said, “It feels great. I worked so hard for this. I’ve upped my game in every way, and I’m not going to stop here. Usually I don’t hear the crowd, but this was different. The energy from the fans fired me up. But I stayed focused and stayed with the game plan. I was ready for anything he tried. I had one of my best camps to prepare for this fight. The game plan was great, I stuck with it, and now I’ve got this. I like to stay busy, so I’ll be in the gym. Whoever they want me to fight, I’m ready to go.”…

 

2010 - on 11-6-06 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against Derrick Campos (20-9): the fight was on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez-Rafael Marquez main event, and Diego quickly overwhelmed him; Diego scored a knockdown with a right hook late in the 1st round; Campos was penalized one point in the 3rd, and Diego scored another knockdown later in the round; Diego scored another knockdown in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:15…

On 9-11-10 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (5th round) against Carlos Oliveira (25-1): the fight was on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Orlando Salido main event, and Diego dominated; he kept a relentless pace and scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd round; Diego scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:13…

On 4-10-10 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Manuel Perez (14-5-1): the fight was co-featured at the Hard Rock, and Diego dominated; he consistently outboxed and outworked Perez, and won by scores of 99-91, 100-90, 97-93…

On 2-13-10 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Floriano Pagliara (10-3): scored 80-72, 79-73, 78-74...

On 1-16-10 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Gerardo Robles (9-8): scored 80-72, 78-74, 78-74...

 

2009 – on 11-13-09 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Josenilson Dos Santos (13-0): scored 78-74, 78-74, 77-75...

On 8-15-09 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Carlos Vinan (8-7-3): scored 60-54 on all three scorecards...

On 5-16-09 in Primm, NV, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Juan Montiel (2-2-1): scored 60-54 on all three scorecards...

On 5-1-09 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Juan Santiago (7-1-1): Santiago scored a knockdown in the 1st round; scored 40-37, 39-36, 39-37...

On 2-6-09 in Maywood, CA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Rodrigo Aranda (8-8-2): scored 60-54, 60-54, 59-55...

 

2008 – on 10-31-08 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Travis Thompson (3-3-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 9-19-08 in Primm he won by TKO (5th round, 1:16) against Jorge Ruiz (5-6-1)...

On 8-2-08 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Scott Furney (3-4-1): scored 60-52 on all three scorecards...

On 6-26-08 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Angel Rodriguez (2-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 3-13-08 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round, 0:50) against Jose Gomez (1-1)...

On 2-7-08 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Quinten Webb (0-1): Diego scored three knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:59...

He debuted at the age of 21 on 12-20-07 in Las Vegas and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Francisco Palacios (1-2-4): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Diego said, “I was born in Beverly Hills, but I grew up in L.A. for the first eight years. Then we moved to Las Vegas. My parents manage a 7-11. I have three older sisters and two younger brothers. My middle brother, Jessie Magdaleno is a pro. He’s like me – he’s righthanded, but fights lefthanded. My youngest brother boxes as an amateur, and he’s coming along. His name is Marcos Magdaleno. He’s the only one that’s all the way lefthanded.

“I started boxing when I was eight. My father is a big soccer fan. In fact, he named me after a soccer player – Diego Maradona. My dad wanted me to play soccer, but every day on the way to the soccer field, there was a boxing gym. We’d pass it every day and it caught my eye one day. It looked like a jungle to me – it had all the ropes, the ring, the different colored bags – that caught my eye right away. So I asked my dad, ‘Let’s swing by,’ and we did. I signed up, tried it for a week. They put me in to spar the very first day I got there to see it that’s I wanted to do. And the coach told me, ‘If you come back tomorrow after this sparring session, I’ll put some time into you.’ That’s what I did. I came back the next day, and just never stopped after that. That was in East L.A. From there, we moved to Las Vegas.

“I’m naturally righthanded. I started out the first year as a righthander but when I first moved to Las Vegas, Kelcie Banks was training me, and he switched me to lefthanded. I just continued that way.

“I had like, 130 amateur fights. I would say 116 wins. I’ve been through the state Golden Gloves, the regional Golden Gloves, made it to the nationals. I was ranked number one after the 2007 U.S. Nationals. The 2004 Western Trials was another big one.

“I’m single, no kids.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2007 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS - Houston, Texas, 132 pounds, double elimination tournament: in his first fight on 8-20-07 he lost a 20-13 decision against Miguel Gonzalez of Cleveland, Oh.; in the challengers bracket on 8-21-07 he lost a 13-7 decision against Terence Crawford of Omaha, Neb….

2007 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 6-3-07 he won a 19-8 decision against Todd Dekinderen of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; in his second fight on 6-4-07 he won a 31-19 decision against Roberto Vargas of Santa Ana, Calif.; in the quarterfinals on 6-5-07 he stopped James Villa of Ft. Carson, Colo., at 1:13 of the 2nd round;  in the semifinals on 6-6-07 he won a 29-5 decision against Mason Menard of Rayne, La.; in the finals on 6-8-07 he won a 13-12 decision against Jerry Belmontes of Corpus Christi, Tex....

2006 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS - Oxnard, California, 132 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: on 10-4-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Sadam Ali of Brooklyn, N.Y.; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-06 he won a 5-4 decision against Carlos Molina of Commerce, Calif.; in the semifinals on 10-6-06 he won an 8-6 decision against Jesus Mendez of Houston, Tex.; in the finals on 10-7-06 he lost a 13-8 decision against Terence Crawford of Omaha, Neb....

2006 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Omaha, Nebraska, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 4-25-06 he won a 5-0 decision against Seng Voong of Philadelphia, Penn.; in his second fight on 4-26-06 he won a 5-0 decision against David Craddock Jr. of Columbus, Oh.; in the quarterfinals on 4-27-06 he lost a 3-2 decision against Carlos Molina of Commerce, calif....

2005 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Little Rock, Arkansas, 132 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-18-05 he won a 5-0 decision against Mike Concepcion of Orange, N.J.; in the quarterfinals on 5-19-05 he won a 4-1 decision against Oscar Van Penovaroff of Kailua Kona, Hi.; in the semifinals on 5-20-05 he won a 3-2 decision against Miguel “Mikey” Garcia of Oxnard, Calif.; in the finals on 5-21-05 he lost a 3-2 decision against Michael Evans of Dayton, Oh.…

2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS - Tunica, Mississippi, double elimination tournament, 125 pounds: in his first fight on 2-17-04 he lost a 17-11 decision against Danny Williams of St. Lous, Mo.; in his second fight on 2-18-04 he lost a 7-6 decision against Johnnie Edwards of Camp Lejeune, N.C....

2004 WESTERN OLYMPIC TRIALS - Bakersfield, California, 125 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on on 2-4-04 he won a 12-5 decision against Eduardo Melendrez of Bakersfield, Calif.; in the quarterfinals on 2-5-04 he won a 14-4 decision against James Dubois of San Antonio, Tex.; in the semifinals on 2-6-04 he won by disqualification in the 4th round against Michael Dallas of Bakersfield, Calif.; in the finals on 2-7-04 he won an 18-17 decision against Juan Garcia of Phoenix, Ariz....

 

STRENGTHS: A lefthander with good skills and movement...a hard worker in the gym, is always in top condition...has a strong family athletic background…had a strong amateur background...

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 24 fights...144 total rounds...12 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 39 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…10 rounds – 3 (3-0)…