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Magdaleno Brothers Tackle Sport With Strength of Family

By Francisco Salazar

Diego and Jessie Magdaleno may have fans amongst family, friends, and those who follow boxing.

Amongst those people, they do not have to look very hard to find who their number one fan is, though.

Diego and Jessie not only train alongside each other, but they cheer for each other’s success like no other. It is a refreshing sign to see, considering boxing and family members have not been a good mix in recent years.

Both will cheer each other on in person tonight when they will headline a Top Rank card at the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. In the main event, Diego Magdaleno will fight Jorge Pazos in a scheduled 10 round junior lightweight bout.

In the co-feature eight round bout, unbeaten super bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno will fight hard-hitting Roberto Castaneda.

Both bouts will air live on the Spanish-language UniMas network at 12PM ET/ 11PM CT and on tape-delay at 11PM PT.

For those keeping score, Saturday night will be the sixth time Diego and Jessie have fought on the same card as professional prizefighters. As in the case with any set of siblings, there could be a case of one-upmanship between the two when they fight on the same card. They do it to motivate one another, where each sets the tone for the other to do as well or better than the other.

“We go out and set the standard for each other,” Diego Magdaleno told Boxingscene.com in a telephone interview earlier this week. “We set the tone for each other when we fight on the same card.”

Jessie Magdaleno agrees.

“It’s that extra motivation that we get from each other. We train hard and it’s something that we like to do.

While each gets a kick out of fighting on a card such as tonight, both have relished in training alongside one another in Indio, CA. Joel Diaz, who has become one of boxing’s best trainers in the last couple of years, trains them both.

Within the last year of working with Diaz, both Magdaleno brothers believe that they have become better fighters.

“I’ve improved a great deal since working with Diaz,” said Jessie, who is the younger of the two brothers at 23 years of age. “My defense has improved and my punches are much tighter.”

While Jessie Magdaleno is eyeing a world title opportunity at the end of this year or at the start of next year, brother Diego is confident he will become a world champion very soon.

While he had a setback in April, dropping a 12 round split decision against Roman “Rocky” Martinez, he does not see any result other than winning a world title in 2014.

“I’m not stopping until I win that world title. I was unsuccessful in my first attempt, but I’m going to stay at 130 pounds until I win that title. Then I’ll think about a move up to 135 pounds.”

Whether both or one of the Magdaleno brothers will become a world title holder remains to be seen. They have the physical tools, a solid trainer, and an influential manager in Frank Espinoza.

The important thing is that they have each other and will support one another, through the good and the bad.

Becoming a world champion to them means a lot, but family and togetherness means everything.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com 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 santio89@yahoo.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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