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Diego Magdaleno Bio

Diego Magdaleno Bio

06/01/2011
  • Ranked WBA #6, WBC #18 at 130 pounds...
  • 2007 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 132 pounds - Gold Medalist...
  • 2004 Western Olympic Trials (amateur), 125 pounds - Gold Medalist...

At the age of 24, Diego is a three-year pro. A rising young contender at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout.

He has stayed active in the ring, stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights, and climbed in the world rankings - he's now ranked No. 9 by the WBA.

Diego told Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal, "It's great to be ranked in the Top 10, but I'm not going to be satisfied until I'm No. 1. It's only going to motivate me to work even harder to get to where I want to be.

"I think I'm making good progress with my career. I think not rushing into anything was the right thing to do. I'm still learning as I go, and I can see the improvement I've made when I watch tapes of myself."

Diego was the headliner his last fight on Jan. 22nd at the Texas Station in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV; he fought Martin Jimenez, whom Diego by by TKO in the 5th.

After the fight, The Ring's Michael Rosenthal wrote [excerpts]: "...Magdaleno has turned into a little monster, one we’re going to enjoy watching for a long time. He simply overpowered a capable fighter in Marcos Jimenez. Look for many more KOs from Magdaleno." [End Rosenthal item]

Key Fights - On 1-22-11 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO'd Marcos Jimenez (18-3) in the 5th round, and won a vacant NABF super featherweight title. Diego knocked Jimenez down in the 1st on his way to a one-sided victory over a serious opponent. Jimenez's corner threw in the towel after the 5th.

On 11-6-06 in Las Vegas, NV, he TKO'd 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 TKO'd 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 TKO'd Jorge Ruiz (5-6-1): at 1:16 of the 5th round...

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 TKO'd Jose Gomez (1-1): at 0:50 of the 2nd round...

On 2-7-08 in Las Vegas he TKO'd 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: Diego said, "I was born in Beverly Hills, but I grew up in L.A. for the first eight years. Then I  moved to Las Vegas. I have three older sisters and two younger brothers. My middle brother, Jesus Magdaleno, just turned pro. My youngest brother boxes as an amateur, and he's coming along. His name is Marcos Magdaleno. My parents manage a 7-11.

"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 started out the first year as a righthander. 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."...

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2007 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Colorado Springs, Colo., 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, Calif., 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, Neb., 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....

2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS, Tunica, Miss., 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, Calif., 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...had a strong amateur background...

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 3 years, 5 months...19 fights...99 total rounds...

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.4 rounds...

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 36 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds - 2 (2-0, 1 KO)...8 rounds - 3 (3-0)...

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