By Miguel Maravilla at Ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing returned to Hawaiian Gardens, California as Las Vegas’s Magdaleno brothers were victorious with knockouts Saturday night at the Robert C. Lee Activity Center. Former world title challenger lightweight Diego Magdaleno took on Jorge Pazos of Guamuchil, Mexico in the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event. Younger sibling super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno squared off against Robert Casteneda.
The older Magdaleno came out using the jab and countered in round one sizing up Pazos. In round two Pazos came out aggressive swinging away as Magdaleno dodged the attack continuing to box and finishing the round strong. The left hand found its mark for Magdaleno in round three as Pazos went down as he quickly got up, Magdaleno continued to his attack backing Pazos up to the ropes but Pazos was saved by the bell. Coming out strong in the fourth round Magdaleno connected with a crunching left hook to the body that did it as Pazos hit the canvas referee Jack Reiss reached a ten count at 2:27.
With the win Diego Magdaleno improves his record to 25-1, 10 KOs as the Mexican Jorge Pazos falls to 14-7-1, 8 KOs.
Jessie Magdaleno needed five rounds as he stopped the battle tested veteran Roberto Castaneda in the co-feature super bantamweight bout. Magdaleno boxed beautifully from the southpaw stance in the opening round connecting with the straight left. Castaneda picked it up as he backed Magdaleno to the ropes but Magdaleno answered as he connected with a left hand that knockdown Castaneda. Magdaleno scored his second knockdown of the round landing the right hand as he was fighting up against the ropes. Boxing and countered the aggressive Mexican throughout the fight Magdaleno cruised up until round five as Magdaleno fighting good off the ropes countered Castaneda with a right hand scoring his third knockdown of the fight as referee Jack Reiss stopped the contest at 2:08.
Jessie Magdaleno scores the knockout and remains unbeaten at 18-0, 14 KOs on his rise as a prospect, Castaneda drops to 20-6-1, 15 KOs.
Falcao Wins Debut
2012 Brazilian Olympian super middleweight, Esquiva Falcao made his pro debut as he stopped Joshua Robertson of Lynchburg, Virginia 5-4, 1 KO in four rounds. The southpaw Falcao boxed from a distance in the opening round. Landing the straight left effectively in round the Brazilian began to loosen up as he backed Robertson. In round three Falcao used combinations as the Olympian started tagging Robertson. Continuing to fire away with combinations Facao backed Roberston as referee Jerry Cantu stop the contest at 2:36 of round four.
Esquiva Falcao wins his pro debut as he now has a record of 1-0, 1KO, Robertson falls to 5-5, 1 KO.
McCumby KOs Eppley in One
Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby of Oxnard by way of Chicago, Illinois stopped Chris Eppley of St. Louis, Missouri in one round in a scheduled six round bout. McCumby came out firing away from the start landing huge left hooks snapping Eppley’s head, a series of combinations rocked Eppley back to the ropes as McCumby swarmed Eppley with a barrage of punches forcing referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 1:59 of round one.
Trevor McCumby remains undefeated as he goes to 14-0, 10-11 KO’s. Chris Eppley goes to 10-4, 9KO’s.
Rodriguez Continues to Impress
Riverside’s unbeaten prospect Saul “Dinamita” Rodriguez scored a second round knockout over Jose Iniguez in a scheduled six round featherweight bout. Iniguez was down on the canvas a pair of times as in round one. Rodriguez closed the show as a huge left hook dropped Iniguez once again forcing the referee to immediately waive the bout 45 seconds of round two.
Rodriguez remains undefeated scoring the knockout as he improves to 12-0-1, 9 KOs. Jose Iniguez falls to 7-17-1, 1 KO.
In the opening bout of the evening undefeated lightweight Sukhrab Shidaev and Moises Alvizo starting things off in going the distance in a scheduled six rounder. Alvizo boxed as the aggressor Shidaev came right at Alvizo from the opening bell. Shidaev landed huge left hooks throughout the fight Alvizo held his own and survived as he was cut and bled above his left eye. Shidaev finished strong as he dominated Alvizo through six. Two judges scored the bout 59-55 while one judge scored it 60-54 as Shidaev wins a unanimous decision.
Sukhrab Shidaev improves his record and remains unbeaten at 11-0, 7 KO’s. Alvizo drops to 3-8-1.
Gary Salazar of Fresno made quick work of Carlos Gonzalez in a scheduled four round lightweight bout. A huge left hook knocked out Gonzalez in the opening round as the referee stopped the fight at 1:40 of the first round.
With the knockout Gary Salazar improves to 2-0, 2KOs as Carlos Gonzalez goes to 1-5-1.
Super featherweights Adam Fiel 1-0-1 squared off against Luis Pelayo, who was making his pro debut. The two scraped it out for four rounds Fiel the boxer puncher jabbed away, a quick right hand knockdown Pelayo in the opening round. The tall and lanky Pelayo survived the knockdown as he used his distance in round two looping his punches connecting on Fiel. In round three they continued to exchange punches and going into the fourth and final round Fiel and Pelayo punched it out to the final bell. In the end the judges scored the bout 40-35, 39-36, and 38-37 as Adam Fiel wins a unanimous decision.
Adam Fiel improves his record to 2-0, 1KO as Luis Pelayo goes 0-1.
Local lightweight Downey’s own Pedro Duran took on Tijuana’s Erick Aguirre in a four round bout. Duran and Aguirre came out swinging in round one exchanging punches from the opening bell. The two continued to trade through round two but in round three Duran backed Aguirre up to the ropes as Aguirre continued to mix it up with Duran. Sensing the urgency both went toe to toe in the final round as they closed it out with crowd on its feet. In the end the judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 all three in favor of Pedro Duran.
Pedro Duran improves to 5-0, 3-4 KOs as Erick Aguirre goes to 2-3-1.
In attendance and at ringside doing the commentary for UniMas former world champion Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez, former world champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez with his son undefeated prospect Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr., super flyweight contender Giovanni Segura, two-time Ukrainian Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomancheko, and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez.