By Ryan Burton
Over the past year Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 9KOs) has been campaigning for a shot at a world title. The undefeated super featherweight contender will finally get his chance when he faces WBO champion Rocky Martinez (26-1-2, 16KOs) on April 6th in Macau. In a conversation with BoxingScene.com, Magdaleno said that he was surprised his first world title fight would happen in Asia and is excited to finally have the opportunity.
"This is huge. The biggest fight of my life is in China. Who would have thought, of all places?" Magdaleno stated. "It's an honor and the greatest feeling. I'm more motivated than ever before because this time it's the real deal and I'm going to make Las Vegas and all of my fans very proud. This will be an adventure I'll never forget."
Magdaleno is fulling recovered from a hand injury he suffered in December that caused his last scheduled fight to be canceled. He said that he is training very hard for the fight and that he has a lot of respect for his Puerto Rican adversary. The Las Vegan said that Martinez is a good fighter but feels that his superior skill set will lead him to victory.
"I think Martinez is a durable guy who comes to fight. He comes in shape but is limited in what he can do. I saw both of his last two fights and he was the same slugger. I know what I bring to the table and know it's not a gamble. I'll be 110% ready to go to War!" Magdaleno told BoxingScene.
Two time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming will face an opponent to be determined in the main event. WBO/WBA super flyweight champion Brian Viloria will defend his titles against Juan Francisco Estrada in the co-feature.
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