by Francisco Salazar
While Jesse Magdaleno scored a first round knockout over Jose Silveira last month at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, Magdaleno hardly showed emotion before eventually acknowledging family and friends in attendance.
In fact, the one fighter who showed more emotion than Magdaleno was his older brother Diego, jumping up and pumping his fist in celebration of what his younger brother had done.
While Diego showed exuberance that night, the southpaw fighter is himself a talented fighter who is itching for his opportunity to fight for a world title belt. Who cheers the loudest while Diego does his thing in the ring? You guessed it; Jessie.
Tonight, the spotlight will shine once again on Jesse, as he takes on Jonathan Arrellano in a scheduled eight round bout at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
The bout will headline a Top Rank card and may be televised on ESPN2’s special edition of Friday Night Fights.
2012 has been very good to the Magdaleno brothers. For Jesse, he has won five times this year over modest competition. After his one-sided win over Shawn Nichol in January, more buzz was created around Jessie when he scored a devastating knockout over Nick Fast at the end of April.
His one-sided second round stoppage over Aldimar Silva Santos at the beginning of August certified his pedigree as a legit prospect in the deep super bantamweight division. But the first round knockout over the normally-durable Silveira was the talk around ringside less than four weeks ago.
Older brother Diego has worked his way up through the super featherweight division and is on the cusp of a big money or world title belt fight. Like his brother, Diego has also fought five times in 2012, winning almost each fight convincingly.
One would think that there would be some sort of sibling rivalry between the two. Both have fought on the same cards in the past, where one fighter may stop their opponent quicker than the other. Or a decision victory was more convincing than the other.
“We are very competitive with each other,” said Diego recently to Boxingscene.com. “We almost push each other in the gym. We strive to be the best. Every fight he’s been in, he’s looked impressive. As he fights better competition, his fights will probably go the distance. But he seems to showcase what he has and takes guys out.”
As much as he praises his brother, Diego is equally positive and eager to showcase how far he has come as a contender. He was scheduled to fight this Friday night, but had to pull out of the fight due to a hand injury.
Diego was targeting a return to the ring in February, but nothing concrete has come about. That still has not kept him away from the gym, where he trains alongside his brother under trainer Pat Barry.
“We always do what we have to do for that next step. I’m always sharpening up in the gym and I strive to get better and better with each fight.”
Although Jesse will be fighting in his hometown tonight and has been praised for his success in the pro ranks after a successful amateur career, he is not getting ahead of himself.
Jesse will face a fighter in Arrellano tonight who is also considered a prospect. Arrellano suffered his first defeat in his last fight, a 10 round unanimous decision to unbeaten Roman Morales on September 21st.
He understands the importance of this fight against Arrellano and is in no way taking him lightly.
“Anybody who steps in the ring is a champion,” said Jesse to the Boxing Lab, Boxingscene’s official audio show recently. “He’s a good boxer. He likes to move and he’s not much of a banger like I am. He’s going to try and move around and stay away from my shots. I’m going to be smart in there and take my time and land my punches.”
Although the Magdaleno brothers have accomplished a lot in the ring so far in their careers, more is destined for their future.
Each is one another’s biggest fan, praising one another for what they do in the ring. However, it could be understandable that each wants to outdo the other.
Like the Williams sisters in tennis, the Upton brothers in baseball, or the Barber brothers in football, the Magdalenos want to carve out their own niche in boxing.
Instead of it being called sibling rivalry, why not call it the Magdaleno show?