Top Rank’s return to action was supposed to be Jessie Magdaleno’s time to shine. He ended up getting the win over Yenifel Vicente in the main event of Thursday’s (June 11) card, but not the way he or anyone wanted. In the end, he will need to recover following a rough night in the ring.
Magdaleno (28-1) looked solid from the get-go, hitting Vicente (36-5-2) with a knockdown in the first round. His jabs were looking good as he faked the overhand a few times. By the end of the first round, Magdaleno landed 12 of 52 shots while Vicente only landed three.
It was more of the same in the late rounds, as Magdaleno was hitting calculating shots. It wasn’t until the fourth round where things got tricky. Vicente hit Magdaleno with a low blow, but referee Robert Byrd was not fast enough to stop the fight for a brief moment. As a result, Vicente landed a vicious shot to the face of Magdaleno. Given a few minutes to recover, Magdaleno continued, with Vicente losing two points.
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Another low blow landed by Vicente, resulting in three points deducted in total. It was at this point where Magdaleno did not look like his sharp self as he appeared out of it, allowing Vicente to hit solid shots. Still, Magdaleno landed 43 shots compared to Vicente’s 25 by the time the seventh round came along.
Magdaleno ended up hitting another knockdown shot, which was a counter. Vicente was able to come back in a sense, but it was in spurts. In the tenth and final round, Vicente hit one last shot below the belt, and the referee finally called for the DQ finish.
“He was just a dirty fighter,” Magdaleno said after the bout, via Bad Left Hook. “He felt the power and didn’t want to come in because I was dodging him, so his way was just to fight dirty and hit me low… He was a rugged fighter, a tough veteran. I give him that. He knew what he was doing.
“But I’m too much of a smart fighter. I had to keep moving, keep on the outside, and catch him coming in.”
Scorecards before the DQ had Magdaleno leading across the board.
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Magdaleno, the former WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion, lost it against Isaac Dogboe and his since recovered. He has now won three in a row and is 5-1 in his last six. With a win, he is hoping to face off against Gary Russell Jr. Vicente is now 2-2 in his last four fights.
Main Card (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET)
Jessie Magdaleno def. Yenifel Vicente via DQ (1:38 in the tenth)
Eric Mondragon v. Mike Sanchez – majority draw (39-37 Mondragon, 38-38, 38-38)
Gabriel Muratalla def. Fernando Robles via TKO (2:33 into round one)
Adam Lopez def. Loiue Coria via majority decision (95-95, 96-94, 96-94)