Magdaleno Brothers, Falcao Win at Hawaiian Gardens

By Francisco Salazar, photo by Chris Farina

As the older brother of Jessie Magdaleno, Diego Magdaleno did not want his younger brother to end up with the quicker knockout of the two.

Something had to be done and even against a late replacement, Diego Magdaleno was able to get the job done.

Magdaleno knocked out Jorge Pazos in the fourth round of a scheduled 10 round bout at the C. Robert Lee Activities Center in Hawaiian Gardens, CA on Saturday night. Earlier on the Top Rank card, Jessie Magdaleno stopped Roberto Castaneda in the fifth round.

Diego Magdaleno was coming off a 10 round unanimous victory over Edgar Riovalle on September 28th in Carson, CA.

Pazos accepted the fight on short notice less than a week ago when original opponent Ernie Sanchez was not deemed in good health to go forward with the fight.

After an even first round, Magdaleno began to find a rhythm and was able to time Pazos with left crosses to the head. He was also able to connect to the body on the inside.

In the third round, Magdaleno dropped Pazos with a combination that culminated with a left cross to the head. Pazos was able to get up and finished the round.

Magdaleno stepped up his aggression, landing more at will onto Pazos. Magdaleno was able to throw and land a left cross to the head, following up with a left to the body. Pazos went down and was counted out at 2:27 by referee Jack Reiss.

Magdaleno, from Las Vegas, NV, improves to 25-1, 10 KOs. Pazos, from Guamuchil,
Sinaloa, Mexico, drops to 14-7-1, 8 KOs.

Light heavyweight Trevor McCumby stopped Chris Eppley in the first round of a scheduled six round bout. McCumby (14-0, 11 KOs) was too much for Eppley, landing at will to the head. A left-right to the head of Eppley (10-4, 9 KOs) staggered against the ropes, where McCumby went in for the kill. When Eppley was not able to defend himself, referee Jack Reiss stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:59.

2012 Olympic Silver Medalist Esquiva Falcao stopped game, but overmatched Joshua Robertson in the fourth round of a scheduled six round bout. It was Falcao's professional debut and he was very impressive in breaking Robertson down. He was consistent in working behind a jab, letting go hooks and crosses to the head. Robertson (5-5, 1 KO) was game, landing a straight right here and there, but was repeatedly getting hit as the bout progressed. Falcao attacked the body in the third, which slowly broke Robertson down. Falcao went on the offensive in the fourth, hurting Robertson and backing him against the ropes. When Robertson was not throwing back, referee Jerry Cantu stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:46.

In the co-feature bout, Jessie Magdaleno stopped Roberto Castaneda in the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round bout.

It was all Magdaleno as he consistently beat the slower and methodical Castaneda to the punch all night long. Whether it was a cross or a hook to the head or body, Magdaleno could not miss.

Magdalena dropped Castaneda twice in the second round. The first knockdown was a counter right hook followed by a left cross to the head. After Castaneda got up, Magdaleno dropped him again with a four-punch combination to the head.

Castaneda was able to get up and tried to fight back. Magdaleno stayed back, trying to bait Castaneda to throw so he could counter to the head.

In the fifth round, Castaneda trapped Magdaleno in a corner and began to throw at will. Magdaleno threw back, catching Castaneda with a counter right hook to the head. Castaneda dropped to a knee and did not bother to try to get up. Referee Jack Reiss immediately waved the fight over at 2:48.

Jessie Magdaleno, from Las Vegas, NV, improves to 18-0, 14 KOs. Roberto Castaneda, from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, drops to 20-6-1, 15 KOs.

Saul Rodriguez annihilated late-sub Jose Iniguez in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. Rodriguez (12-0-1, 9 KOs) dropped Iniguez twice in the first round, but it was a counter left hook to the head of Iniguez (7-17, 1 KO) that ended matters early in the second, dropping him flat onto his back. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. immediately waved the fight over at 35 seconds.

11-time amateur champion Gary Salazar (2-0, 2 KOs) knocked out Carlos Gonzalez in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. A left hook to the top of Gonzalez's head dropped him to one knee. Referee Raul Caiz, Jr. counted Gonzalez (1-5) out at 1:40.

Super featherweight Adam Fiel won a four round unanimous decision over Luis Pelayo. Fiel (2-0, 1 KO) dropped Pelayo with a counter right cross to head near the end of the first round. Undeterred, Pelayo fought back, landing looping right hands to the head in the second round. The rally was short-lived, as Fiel controlled the action in the last two rounds, landing repeatedly with counter straight hands to the head. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Fiel, 40-35, 39-36, and 38-37. scored the bout 39-36 in favor of Fiel, who is trained by Nonjto Donaire, Sr.

In the opening bout of the Top Rank card, Sukhrab Shidaev won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Moises Alvizo. Shidaev (11-0, 7 KOs) landed the harder punches, landing primarily with hooks and crosses to the head. Shidaev hurt Alvizo in the fourth round with repeated left hooks to the body, but Alvizu (3-8-1) was able to hang on. Shidaev never followed up to the body in the final two rounds, focusing on throwing and landing to the head. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Shidaev, 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54. scored the bout 60-54 for Shidaev.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Knockout Nation, and RingTV. He could be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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