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Rocky Martinez in good shape for Diego Magdaleno

WBO jr lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez showed today his training in a media day for his upcoming bout on April 6 against unbeaten Diego Magdaleno at the Venetian Casino & Resort in Macao, China in a Top Rank presentation to be broadcasted on HBO2. Martinez (26-1-2, 16 KOs), who won the WBO 130 pounds belt for the second time on September 15, 2012, when he beat Miguel Beltran Jr. by split decision in Las Vegas, trained for the media today at the Dorado Municipal Gym with his trainer Raul “Papo” Torres and also trainer Dennis Pantoja, who will be with them in China. The 30-year-old fighter worked in stretching exercises, shadows and then make five padding rounds with Pantoja, showing his strength with hard and accurate shots, and an excellent stamina. Also, Martinez hit the speed bag and jumped the rope.

“This training camp has been one of the best of my career”. Martinez said. “I think that as I have been active, fighting, that’s helping me and I’m feeling in great condition and ready for this fight.”

In Magdaleno (23-0, 9 KOs), Martinez will face a southpaw and undefeated fighter who is the #1 ranked in the junior lightweight division. His last fight was in August, 2012, when he knocked out veteran Antonio Davis.

“He (Magdaleno) is a boxer with good movements, with fast hands, who comes forward, but is a technical boxer too. I just say that I’m ready for Magdaleno”, Martinez, who ended his training between 133 and 134 pounds, said.

Martinez and his team are going to travel to China on Sunday, March 31.

Besides the Martinez vs Magdaleno clash, Brian Viloria (32-3, 19 KOs) will defend his WBO flyweight title against Juan Francisco Estrada (22-2, 18 KOs), former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will defend his WBO International belt against Yasutaka Ishimoto (21-6, 5 KOs) and two time Olympic Gold Medalist Zou Shiming, from China, will make his pro debut against Eleazar Valenzuela (2-1-2, 1 KOs).

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