Diego and Jessie Magdaleno Score Stoppages; Esquiva Falcoa Wins Pro Debut
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Diego and Jessie Magdaleno Score Stoppages; Esquiva Falcoa Wins Pro Debut
By German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing (Feb 19, 2014)

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L-R: Diego Magdaleno vs. Jorge Pazos
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The C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, California played host to a packed house on Saturday night as Top Rank Promotions in association with UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo” presented an action-filled night of boxing as siblings Diego and Jessie Magdaleno stopped their respective foes in the co-featured bouts of the evening.

Former world super featherweight title challenger Diego Magdaleno, 25-1 (10), used his well-known speed, southpaw stance and sneaky counters to bring down a game Jorge Pazos in the third round of a scheduled 10-round contest.

Pazos quickly got up from the canvas with the bell coming to the rescue as Magdaleno bombed away at his foe against the ropes. The end came swiftly as Magdaleno switched punches, digging to the body with a left hook shot which doubled his opponent over to the ground.

Referee Jack Reiss reached the 10-count at 2:27 of the fourth stanza. With the loss, Pazos saw his record drop to 14-7-1 (8).

Diego's brother, the true banger of the two, Jessie Magdaleno, 18-0 (14), seemed to use the fight to put some rounds in the bank against Roberto Castaneda, 20-6-1 (15), landing shots from awkward angles from the start instead of his usual seek-and-destroy mode in this featherweight bout.

Magdaleno showed he could move very fluidly from his southpaw stance, dropping the tough-as-nails Castaneda late in the first with a left.

The fight went on much the same way for the next couple of rounds with Castaneda trapping and backing Magdaleno up at times although never hurting the favored fighter in the bout.

L-R: Jessie Magdaleno vs. Roberto Castaneda
L-R: Jessie Magdaleno vs. Roberto Castaneda
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While getting rocked throughout the bout, it seemed as if Castaneda had weathered the early-round storm and on his way to a decision loss after going down once more late in the round. Magdaleno saw to it that this wouldn't be the case as a hard right sent Castaneda down for the third and final time as referee Jack Reiss called it off at 2:48 of the fifth round.

2012 Brazilian Olympian and super middleweight Esquiva Falcao showed speed and angles in winning his highly-awaited pro debut against Joshua Robertson in four.

Although still clearly employing amateur moves, the Brazilian did more than enough to step into the pro ranks and score his first stoppage as a flurry of shots in the fourth round forced referee Jerry Cantu to step in and halt the bout in the fourth frame.

Falcao, a southpaw, used angles and dipped to the sides, coming underneath most of Robertson's shots in a bout which saw the Brazilian slowly wear down his opponent until Robertson was taken to the ropes. After a series of unanswered shots, Cantu halted the bout at 2:36 of the stanza.

With the win, Falcao is now 1-0 (1) while Robertson moved to 5-5 (1).

Increasingly popular super bantamweight Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez, 12-0-1 (9), took his time and measured his shorter but game opponent Jose Iniguez, 7-18-1 (1), sending him down with head shots in round one.

The end came in the second round as a sneaky, hard left hook caught Iniguez coming in with referee Jerry Cantu taking no time to stop the bout 45 seconds into the round.

Hailing from the Chicago, Illinois suburbs, undefeated light heavyweight Trevor McCumby, 14-0 (11), a stable mate of Saul Rodriguez and fighting out of Robert Garcia's gym in Oxnard California, halted Chris Eppley, 10-4 (9), in the first round of a scheduled six.

Lightweight Sukhrab Shidaev, 8-0 (6), remained undefeated by besting Moises Alvizo, 3-8-1, in six rounds via unanimous decision by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54.

Fresno's own lightweight Gary Salazar, 2-0 (2), impressed many at ringside as he took out tough, debuting Carlos Gonzalez with a monster left hook to the top his the head, effectively ending the contest at 1:40 of the first round as Gonzalez could not even raise his head as he crouched on the canvas.

Super featherweight Adam Fiel, 2-0-1, defeated debuting Luis Pelayo in a fun, rock-em’-sock-em’ banger with both lanky fighters trying their best to come away with the win via KO.

Fiel nearly got that done in the first as a shot to Pelayo’s readily exposed chin sent him down hard to the canvas. To his credit, Pelayo came back to make the fight close using his longer reach and looping body shots and jabs to bust up Fiel's eye.

Fiel was the sharper and flashier fighter in the eyes of the judges, who scored the bout 40-35, 39-36 and 38-37 in his favor for the four-round unanimous decision nod.

Lightweight Pedro Duran, 5-0 (4), earned many a fan as he battled Tijuana's Erick Aguirre, 1-2-1, in a toe-to toe, four-round brawl with Duran scoring a lopsided yet competitive unanimous decision win via scores of 40-36 (twice) and 39-37.

Questions and comments can be sent to German at ultragerman@yahoo.com.
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