Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Diego Magdaleno Ready For Martinez: Your Dream Is Over

By Jake Donovan

At 26 years of age and having only recently hit six full years as a pro, you’d think that Diego Magdaleno would just now begin craving for a world title shot. To win a championship is every fighter’s dream but doesn’t mean they expect that opportunity the moment they turn pro.

The way the unbeaten southpaw tells it, Saturday’s title fight showdown with Roman ‘Rocky’ Martinez is long overdue.

“This fight… it’s been a long time coming,” says Magdaleno (23-0, 9KO), whose 130 lb. title challenge against Martinez takes place Saturday in Macao, China. “I’m just taking it in. Since I’ve been here in China, I’ve met so many people and I’m taking it all in. I have my younger brother (Jesse) here with me so he’s here along for the ride.”

Magdaleno represents the older half of a fighting brother duo, with younger brother Jesse an up-and-coming prospect. The elder Magdaleno hit his stride a year or so ago and has been biding his time waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

That moment has finally arrived, though it requires traveling halfway around the world in order to obtain it. His title bout serves as the opening portion of a show that will air live on HBO2 in the United States on Saturday afternoon. Brian Viloria defends his pair of flyweight belts against Juan Francisco Estrada, while the main event features two-time Olympic Gold medalist Zou Shiming in his pro debut against Eleazor Valenzuela.

It’s quite a star-studded lineup, one that would make most fighters feel like an afterthought by night’s end. Magdaleno fully intends to steal the show and make sure it’s his face and efforts the fans best remember on Saturday.

“They know when I get in the ring I put on a show,” insists the 130 lb. contender. “That’s what I intend to do on Saturday, put on a show. I’m coming after a title. It has my name on it. It’s been in my sight for a while.”

The defending titlist, Martinez stressed during Thursday’s presser his plans of successfully defending his title and taking it back home to Puerto Rico.

“I didn’t come all the way from Puerto Rico just to give up my title,” insisted Martinez, who enters on the heels of a controversial split decision draw against Juan Carlos Burgos in his first defense this past January. “Diego shouldn’t dream about winning my title.”

Magdaleno suggested that only one of the fighters was living in fantasy land.

“Your dream is over,” insisted the challenger to Martinez.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Felix Diaz Dares Crawford: Fight a Real Challenge, I'll Go To Omaha! Cotto vs. Kirkland, Lemieux vs. Stevens Land on BoxNation Photos: Anthony Mundine, Tim Tszyu Putting in Work Photos: Haye, Schaefer Hold Presser To Announce Their UK Deal Erislandy Lara-Yuri Foreman Card Generates 547,000 Viewers Photos/Weights: Patrick Nielsen, Dina Thorslund Ready For Bouts David Haye, Richard Schaefer Team Up, Launch Hayemaker Ringstar Froch: Smith is Not Ready For DeGale, Should Face Dirrell First Pedro Diaz on N'Dam's Big KO Win, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Gamboa Luis Ortiz: Miller Will Have To Back Up The Crap He's Talking Adonis Stevenson: Unfair Haters Call All of My Opponents 'Bums' Danny Garcia: Not Worried About Critics Who Won't Say it to My Face Eubank Jr: In a Rematch I Would Annihilate Saunders in Four! Pacquiao: In The Eyes of The People - I Beat Floyd Mayweather Andrew Selby Faces Diale For WBC Regional on Eubank-Quinlan Wilkins, Karkardi To Appeal BBBofC Bans Over Nick Blackwell Manny Pacquiao: I Would Fight Conor McGregor - Only in Boxing De La Hoya Worried: Chavez Jr. Could Derail Canelo-Golovkin Plan Danny Garcia on Father's Racial Jabs: I've Heard Trump Say Worse! The Return of Zab Judah Ricardo Mayorga Holds Press Conference, Reveals April 1 Return DeGale: Mayweather Came To My Room, I Doubt I'll Work With Him! Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected Garcia Feels His Resume Stronger Than Thurman's, Has Proven More Kid Galahad vs. Joseph Agbeko on Eubank-Quinlan PPV Card Dodson Offered Buglioni Title Shot; Would Land On Haye-Bellew Golden Boy Promotions, ESPN Announce Multi-Year TV Deal Callum Smith: If Dirrell is Next in Line For WBC Belt - Let's Do It! Richard Commey, Fredrick Lawson Back in Action on March 11 Michael Conlan on His Relationship With Conor McGregor
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement