Weight Class: Featherweight

Jessie Magdaleno

28 Wins

1 Losses

0 Draws

18 KOs


Age: 29 Date of Birth: November 8, 1991
Height: 5'4" Birth Place: Las Vegas, NV
Reach: 66" Stance: southpaw

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Jessie Magdaleno


Biography

At the age of 27, Jessie is an eight-year pro. A former WBO junior featherweight world champion, he won the title in November, 2016, and made one successful title defense. Before his debut, he was an amateur standout at the national level.

Jessie is a stablemate of WBO featherweight world champion and rising young star Oscar Valdez – both are managed by Frank Espinoza and promoted by Top Rank. He is also the younger brother, by five years, of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno.

In his last fight on April 28 in Philadelphia, Jessie lost the WBO title by 11th-round knockout against Isaac Dogboe.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: In a grueling and physical fight, Dogboe rallied from a first-round knockdown to drop Magdaleno three times in an 11th-round knockout victory before 3,727 Saturday night in the main event of the Top Rank on ESPN card at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University.

Magdaleno, making his second title defense, was fighting for the first time in a year, partly because of a hand injury that forced him to withdraw from a mandatory fight with Cesar Juarez that was scheduled for Nov. 11. While he was out, Juarez traveled to Dogboe’s home country of Ghana in January and got knocked out in a vacant interim title fight that made Dogboe the mandatory challenger for Magdaleno.

Magdaleno had a huge first round. He dropped Dogboe with a left hand in the midst of a flurry, knocked him into the ropes with a left hand later in the round and landed several clean punches that shook Dogboe.

A straight left hand rocked Dogboe in the third round, forcing him to hold onto Magdaleno, who seemed to rattle him with every solid shot he landed. By the fourth round, Dogboe’s left eye was swelling.

But Dogboe came back strong to take the title convincingly.

Dogboe came roaring back in the fifth round when he nailed Magdaleno with a clean right hand on the chin for a knockdown 30 seconds into the round. He had Magdaleno on the ropes and continued to pressure him, but Magdaleno got himself together and stuck out his chin at Dogboe to taunt him, after which Dogboe threw and missed several wild punches.

Dogboe came on strong in the middle rounds. In the seventh, he pinned Magdaleno along the ropes and unloaded to the head and body for a stretch as Magdaleno looked to cover up.

Dogboe hurt Magdaleno with a right hand along the ropes in the 10th round and then unleashed several more hard shots upstairs and downstairs. He continued to bull forward as Magdaleno tried to dance out of the way, but he kept getting caught.

Magdaleno appeared to be fading in the 11th round when Dogboe crumpled him to all fours with a powerful left hand to the head. Dogboe showed no mercy, attacking him with abandon when the fight resumed. He pinned Magdaleno in the corner and continued to pound on him until he went down again, causing [the] referee to wave the fight off at 1 minute, 38 seconds.

Dogboe was ahead on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage: 97-91, 96-91 and 95-93. [End Rafael item]

In his post-fight interview, Jessie said, “He was the better man tonight. He did what he had to do. The inactivity got to me, but I don’t want to take anything away from Isaac. He is a great warrior. He got a great opportunity, and he took it. I wish nothing but the best to him.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Jessie said, “I was born in Pomona, California. I don’t remember exactly, but we were in Pomona for a couple of years, then we moved back to L.A., where my mom is originally from, and from there we moved to Las Vegas. There’s six of us – I have three older sisters, my older brother Diego, and my younger brother, Marco. My dad played soccer professionally.

“When I was younger, I loved playing soccer – soccer was my passion. But as I started progressing in boxing, I left soccer behind and just stayed with the boxing.

“I was about seven years old when I started boxing. Diego’s about five years older than me – seeing him training every day, being in the gym, that’s what got me involved in it. I always followed him when I was younger, I wanted to be the same as him.

“Altogether, I had about 138 amateur fights. I remember I had 15 losses.

“I’m naturally right-handed, but I can write with both hands. I broke my right hand when I was in fourth grade and I learned how to write with my left hand.

“I was married November 19, 2017. My wife’s name is Julia and we have a son, Leonardo. He was born on May 25, 2014. I think Julia will be at the fight, but she won’t bring Leonardo. He’ll stay at home with the grandparents.”…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2009 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Milan, Italy, 119 pounds: in his first fight on 9-2-09 he won a 26-7 decision against Dmitrijs Gutmans of Latvia; in his second fight on 9-5-09 he lost an 11-8 decision against Denis Makarov of Germany…

2009 U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Denver, Colorado, 119 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 6-8-09 he won a 26-10 decision against Ramon Morales of San Ardo, Calif.; in the quarterfinals on 6-10-09 he stopped Isaac Torres of Mission, Tex., in the 3rd round; in the semifinals on 6-11-09 he had a 19-19 draw, but won the tiebreaker against Rau’shee Warren of Cincinnati, Oh.; in the finals on 6-13-09 he won a 17-4 decision against Luis Rosa of East Haven, Conn.…

2009 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPIONSHIPS – Salt Lake City, Utah, 119 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: on 5-5-09 he won a decision against Brian Paiz of New Jersey; on 5-6-09 he won a decision against Antonio Nieves of Cleveland; in the quarterfinals on 5-7-09 he won a decision against Randy Caballero of California; in the semifinals on 5-8-09 he won a decision against Ernesto Garza of Michigan; in the finals on 5-9-09 he won a decision against John Franklin of Colorado/New Mexico…

STRENGTHS: A left-hander with good skills, speed, and movement…has good punching power…is experienced against top opposition…had a strong amateur background…has a strong family boxing background…

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 26 fights…112 total rounds…25 world championship rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.3 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 69 %…of wins – 72 %…

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 1 (1-0)…11 rounds – 1 (0-1)…10 rounds – 0…8 rounds – 3 (3-0)…

Titles

  • Former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion, 1 successful defense
  • World championship fights: 2-1, 1 KO
  • 2009 U.S. National Championships (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist
  • 2009 National Golden Gloves Championships (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist
2011

On 11-11-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Gil Garcia (5-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Emmanuel Lucero main event; Jessie he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with left hands – Garcia got up both times, but Jessie rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:40.

On 10-1-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Isaac Hidalgo (8-7-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Toshiaki Nishioka-Rafael Marquez main event; Jessie rocked Hidalgo repeatedly in the 1st round, and he did not continue after the round.

On 7-15-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Esteban Nichol (3-0): the fight was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Alejandro Perez main event, and Jessie dominated; he staggered Nichol with a left uppercut in the 1st round, consistently outworked him, and rocked him repeatedly; Jessie scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 5th round, but was penalized one point for punching Nichol while he was down; Jessie scored another knockdown with a body punch in the 6th round, and won by scores of 59-52, 59-52, 59-51.

On 5-6-11 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Jonathan Alcantara (4-3-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Gilbert Sanchez Leon main event; Alcantara gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated the fight; he outboxed Alcantara, consistently outworked him, and landed the harder punches; scored 60-54 on all three scorecards.

On 2-26-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against Jamie Gutierrez (3-4): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Miguel Acosta main event; Jessie scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hook to the body – and Gutierrez was counted out at 2:12.

On 1-22-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Cain Garcia (0-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Diego Magdaleno-Marcos Jimenez main event – Jessie quickly overpowered him and scored a spectacular knockout; he consistently landed the harder punches and rocked Cain repeatedly; Jessie a devastating knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:14.

He made his debut at the age of 19 on 11-6-10 in Las Vegas and won by TKO (1st round) against Matthew Salazar (1-2-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez-Rafael Marquez main event; Jessie scored three knockdowns in the 1st round – the first and second with a series of body punches, the third with a right hand that dropped Salazar flat on his back – and he was counted out at 1:38.

2012

On 12-6-12 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Jonathan Arellano (13-1-1): the bout was co-featured with the Ray Beltran-Ji-Hoon Kim main event, and Jessie dominated – he consistently outworked Arellano and landed the harder punches; Jessie scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd round; he scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 6th, and won by scores of 80-70, 80-70, 80-69.

On 11-10-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (1st round) against Jose Silveira (14-8): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Vanes Martirosyan-Erislandy Lara main event; Jessie he staggered Silveira with a series of punches in the 1st round, then scored a knockdown with left hand that also bloodied Silveira’s nose, and he was counted out at 2:59.

On 8-3-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Aldimar Santos (17-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Mercito Geseta-Ty Barnett main event; Jessie scored a knockdown with a series of right hooks in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a left hand in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 2:54.

On 6-8-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round) against 2000 Puerto Rican Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-4-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon main event; Jessie he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round – Valcarcel got up, but Jessie rocked him with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25.

On 4-28-11 in Pomona, CA, he won by knockout (1st round) against Timothy Fast (7-1-2): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Roman Gonzalez-Ramon Garcia main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, both with right hooks, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:07.

On 1-13-12 in Las Vegas he won a 6 round unanimous decision against lefthanded Shawn Nichol (5-7): the bout was on the undercard of the Teon Kennedy-Chris Martin main event; Nichol gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Nichol, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 60-54 on all three scorecards.

2013

On 10-11-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Raul Hidalgo (19-9): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Jessie Vargas-Ray Narh main event, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches late in the 1st round, then scored two more knockdowns in the 3rd – the first with a right hook, the second with a right hook to the body – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:55.

On 8-24-13 in Glendale, CA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Luis Maldonado (36-11-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez-Derrick Findley main event; Jessie scored two knockdowns in the 3rd round, and Maldonado was counted out at 2:53.

On 6-8-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (4th round) against former Nicaraguan super flyweight champion Henry Maldonado (16-2): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Hard Rock; Jessie scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round – the first with a series of punches, the second with a left hand; Jessie scored another knockdown with a left hand in the 4th – Maldonado got up, but Jessie rocked him with a series of punches, Maldonado’s corner threw in the towel, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:53.

On 3-16-13 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (3rd round) against against Carlos Fulgencio (19-9-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Ruslan Provodnikov main event; Jessie scored a knockdown with a right hook to body-right hook to head combinatioin in the 1st round, then scored another knockdown with a right hook when Fulgencio’s glove touched the canvas in the 2nd; Jessie scored another knockdown with a right uppercut in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:45.

2014

On 8-2-14 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (7th round) against Carlos Rodriguez (18-14-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event, and Jessie dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown in the 2nd round and scored another knockdown in the 5th; he scored another knockdown in the 6th round, and Rodriguez was penalized one point for spitting out his mouthpiece; Jessie rocked Rodriguez with a series of punches in the 7th, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:45.

On 2-15-14 in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, he won by TKO (5th round) against Roberto Castaneda (20-5-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured on a fight card headlined by Jessie’s brother, Diego – both dominated their fights and scored knockout wins; Jessie scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, the first with a right hook, the second with a four-punch combination; he scored another knockdown with a right hook in the 5th, and Castaneda was counted out on one knee at 2:48.

2015

On 10-17-15 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by knockout (1st round) against Vergel Negran (14-10-1): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Celebrity Theater, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he staggered Negran with a right hook in the 1st round, then scored two knockdowns, both with left hands to the body, and Negran was counted out at 2:22.

On 5-1-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Raul Hirales (22-4-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Ray Beltran-Takahiro Ao main event, and Jessie dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hook in the 2nd round and staggered Hirales again before the bell; he consistently outboxed and outworked Hirales, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-70, 80-70, 80-69.

On 1-10-15 in Las Vegas he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Erik Ruiz (13-1): the bout headlined at Texas Station Casino; Ruiz gave a good effort, but Jessie dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Ruiz, landed the harder punches, and won by shutout scores of 80-72 on all three scorecards.

2016

WON WBO JF WORLD TITLE – On 11-5-16 in Las Vegas, NV, he won a 12 round unanimous decision against defending champion Nonito Donaire (37-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas main event, and it was a good, close fight; Jessie started fast and outworked Donaire in the early rounds – he swept the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds on all three scorecards; Jessie was cut over his right eye in the 4th round, but rallied, rocked Donaire with a series of punches, and won the round on two scorecards; Donaire rallied in the middle rounds – he was cut over his right eye in the 9th, but staggered Jessie with a right hand in the 10th round – Donaire won the 10th and 11th on two scorecards, then rocked Jessie with a right hand in the 12th round and swept the round; many observers thought the fight was closer than the scores indicated and some thought the decision could go either way, but the judges scored 116-112, 116-112, 118-110.

On 2-20-16 in Phoenix, AZ, he won by knockout (7th round) against late substitute Rey Perez 20-7): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Celebrity Theater, and Jessie dominated the fight; he out-boxed and outworked Perez, landed the harder punches, and wore him down; he scored a knockdown with a left hand to the body in the 7th round, and Perez was counted out at 2:51.

2017

1ST WBO JF WORLD TITLE DEFENSE – On 4-22-17 in Carson, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Adeilson Dos Santos (18-2): the bout was one of the co-main events at the StubHub Center, and Jessie quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, both with right hooks, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:51.

2018

LOST WBO JF WORLD TITLE – in his last fight on 4-28-18 in Philadelphia, PA, he lost by knockout (11th round) against Isaac Dogboe (18-0): the bout headlined in the Liacouras Center at Temple University, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Jessie started fast – he scored a knockdown with a left hand in the 1st round, and rocked him several more times before the bell; the momentum shifted back and forth in the following rounds – Dogboe swept the 2nd on all three scorecards, Jessie rocked Dogboe with a left hand and won the 3rd round on two scorecards, then Dogboe swept the 4th; Dogboe scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 5th round – two judges scored it 10-8 for Dogboe, and one scored it 10-7; Dogboe pressed forward, landed the harder punches, and swept the 6th and 7th; Jessie came back and won the 8th and 9th rounds on two scorecards, then Dogboe rocked Jessie with a right hand in the 10th and swept the round; Dogboe scored two knockdowns in the 11th round – the first with a left hook, the second with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 1:38; after 10 rounds, Dogboe led by scores of 97-91, 96-91, 95-93…

Jessie Magdaleno Q&A

When did you start boxing and why?

I started boxing at the age of 6. My dad was a fan and naturally wanted his sons to participate in the sport. The rest is history.

What is your first memory in the sport?

Walking into Golden Gloves boxing gym and watching Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather training was very inspiring. That motivated me I said, “Hey I can do that.”

Which fighters do you pattern yourself after?

Mike Tyson, Juan Manuel Marquez, Prince Naseem Hamed.

Who are your favorite current or recent pro fighters?

Same one's Mike, Juan, and Naseem. I’ve always looked up to those fighters.

Do you have a hidden talent?

I am actually a car enthusiast; I love cars and enjoy working on them in my spare time.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I play soccer and I am pretty good at math.

Who are your favorite pro sports teams and non-boxing athletes?

Barcelona! Messi and Ronaldinho those two are beasts at their work.

languages are you fluent in?

Spanish and English

What’s your favorite movie?

Fast and the Furious

What’s your favorite TV show?

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

What artists are most heavily featured on your playlist in camp?

Ozuna, Bob Marley, Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, and ODB.

Do you have any superstitions or pre-fight rituals?

Just pray and asking God to guide me in the ring.

Where do you want to be 5 years from now?

Hopefully retiring and racing.

If I wasn’t a professional boxer, I would be...

A professional soccer player or a mechanic

What or who is the biggest motivation in your life and why?

My family, they are the ones that are with me on and off the ring, good or bad. My son looks up to me so much and I want him to grow up knowing I worked hard for him to have everything he needs.

Walkout song?

They vary just depends on my mood that day.