Jessie Magdaleno Ready For Big Title Fight, Per Trainer
Being one of the first fighters to return to action for Top Rank, Jessie Magdaleno believes he can once again fight for a title. Whoever it is, Magdaleno wants to prove himself. His trainer believes that anything is possible for the 28-year-old.
Head trainer Jorge Capetillo talked with Boxing Scene about Magdaleno and his future. Recently, Magdaleno beat Yenifel Vicente via DQ following multiple low blows. During the fight, CompuBox had Magdaleno landing 64 punches out of 256 with 50 power punches landed. The former WBO Junior-Featherweight Champion received some criticism for not stopping his opponent early.
Capetillo defended his fighter, comparing him to a boxer who competed a few days before him.
“Vicente is a veteran with good power,” Capetillo stated. “He wasn’t just some random fighter. If Jessie fought someone like Shakur Stevenson fought and didn’t knock him out then I would understand the criticism but a fighter like Vicente is a level above the guy Shakur fought.”
Stevenson, the WBO Featherweight Champion, beat Felix Caraballo via knockout in the sixth round. After round one CompuBox had Stevenson landing 22 shots over 60 punches compared to Caraballo’s three out of 34. This is not the first time Magdaleno or his team has brought up Stevenson. Magdaleno is hoping to face Stevenson before he potentially leaves the featherweight division.
“I fear nobody,” Magdaleno stated. “At the end of the day, it’s my job to go in there and kick ass. It’ll be a great fight between me and Shakur. A lot of people think he runs, and he moves too much and all that. But you’ve just gotta play it smart and use all your ability that you can to fight a type of fighter like that. That’d be another great fight that I would look forward to.”
Magdaleno is currently on a three-fight win streak and is looking to get back to action right away. Capetillo is also interested in Magdaleno fighting other featherweight champions. Options on the table for him are Leo Santa Cruz, Gary Russell Jr., Xu Can, and Josh Warrington.
“Jessie has been a world champion. He knows what it takes,” Capetillo went on to say. “He beat Nonito Donaire who is obviously a great fighter. We are ready for any of the champions. It doesn’t matter which one.”