By Ryan Burton
TEXAS STATION LAS VEGAS NV - Super featherweight prospect Diego Magdaleno (18-0) delighted his hometown fans in Las Vegas when he defeated Marcos Jimenez (18-3) via TKO. The fight was stopped by Jimenez's corner on the advice of the ringside doctor after the 5th round.
Magdaleno started out concentrating on landing combinations to Jimenez's body. A left right combination sent Jimenez to crashing to the floor in the middle of the 1st to make it a 10-8 round for Magdaleno.
The Las Vegan incorporated a left and right uppercut into his attack in the 2nd round. Jimenez landed a hard right to Magdaleno's head but it was the only punch of any significance he was able to land in the round.
The third round was another one sided round as Diego kept applying pressure and kept the Dominican pinned against the ropes. Jimenez stayed out of the ropes for most of the fourth round but the results were similar to the previous three rounds as Diego was busier and consistently beat his opponent to the punch.
Magdaleno dominated the fifth round and when he pinned Jimenez against the ropes late in the round he let loose with a flurry of punches the last 30 or so seconds of the round. Jimenez remarkably stayed on his feet as referee Tony Weeks watched closely and appeared to be looking for an opening to stop the fight.
Highly touted Roberto Marroquin (18-0) started his 2011 campaign the right way when he defeated Eduardo Arcos of Mexico (17-3) via TKO at the 1:21 mark of the 4th round.
The fight featured a lot of back and forth action and there really wasn't a feel out start to the fight. Marroquin was the harder and more accurate puncher. Arcos landed his share of shots but was unable to hurt Marroquin.
Midway through the 4th round Marroquin dropped Arcos with a vicious left hook to the temple. Arcos rose to his feet but was on wobbly legs. After demonstrating he could take a step forward referee Kenny Bayless let Arcos continue. A few seconds a later a second left hook to the temple dropped Arcos to the canvas again and Bayless immediately waived the fight off.
In the evening's first televised bout Jessie Magadaleno (2-0), who is one of Top Rank's recent signees looked impressive in stopping Cain Garcia (0-2) at the 2:14 mark of the 3rd round.
Magdaleno displayed great hand speed and simply overwhelmed his over matched
The highlight of the first round was a left hook to Cain's body that left him temporarily staggered.
Magdaleno continued his attack in the second round as Cain's nose began to bleed. In the third round a huge, leaping right hand from Magdaleno sent Cain sprawling to the canvas and shortly after referee Tony Weeks waived the fight off.
Local Las Vegan Anthony Lenk (9-1) stayed on the winning track when he defeated Tyler Pogline (5-8) via unanimous decision in their welterweight bout. The scores were 60-53 twice and 60-54.
Lenk was the more accurate fighter as both men felt each other out in the first round.
In the second round the Las Vegan played the part of a Matador and Pogline played the part of the bull as Lenk became accustomed to Pogline's head down charging style.
A small chorus of boos erupted in the third as Lenk stayed in defensive mode most of the round. The action heated back up in the fourth as both fighters let their hands go
more. Lenk's accuracy stayed on display in the 5th round against his crude opponent.
In the 6th and final round Lenk had his opponent staggered on a few occasions as blood began to spew from Pogline's nose.
In his toughest test as a pro, heralded 18 year old junior welterweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (10-0 9 KOs) kept his record perfect when he won a unanimous decision over Fernando Rodriguez (5-2 3 KOs) who is the first professional to go the distance with Benavidez. The scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56.
Benavidez started out fast working both the body and head but stayed patient even when he had his opponent hurt. Rodriguez showed tremendous heart by withstanding many punches that would have dropped many fighters. Rodriguez was the busier fighter in the third round as Benavidez appeared to take his foot off the gas. The round however, ended with a furious exchange of punches to the delight of the packed crowd.
Benavidez was tentative in the fourth round as well as Rodriguez appeared to do enough to win the round. This was the only round that really lacked excitement. Benavidez had a dominant 5th round as he put his foot back on the gas and had Rodriguez staggered but the Dallas based fighter was able to stay on his feet. The Phoenix, Arizona resident finished strong by rocking Rodriguez at will in the 6th and final round. Rodriguez however was still able to stay on his feet.
In the evening's opening bout a surprisingly full crowd was on hand to witness Abie Han's (12-0 10 KOs) round TKO of Oephius Waite (5-3-1 3KOs).
Han dropped Waite with a right hand in both the 1st round and 2nd round. Waite rose to feet both times but referee Kenny Bayless correctly called the fight off as Waite was on unsteady legs following the 2nd knockdown.