WBO super bantamweight world champion Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs) will no longer be featured next month on ESPN.
The boxer suffered a hand injury in training camp, and that has forced him to withdraw from a scheduled mandatory title defense against Cesar Juarez (20-5, 15 KOs) of Mexico. Top Rank President Todd duBoef confirmed Magdaleno's withdrawal to the Los Angeles Times.
The fight was going to take place as part of an ESPN televised tripleheader on November 11 in Fresno, California.
The event will still move forward with the two remaining bouts. There is no word if a third bout will be added.
The main event, at the 16,000-seat Save Mart Center, will feature a battle of undefeated junior welterweight contenders, with hometown hero Jose Ramirez (20-0, 15 KOs) taking on Mike Reed (23-0, 12 KOs).
As BoxingScene.com reported last week, there is a world title shot riding on this fight. Because current WBC champion Terence Crawford is moving up to the welterweight division. The World Boxing Council ruled at their recent convention in Baku, that Ramirez would face Amir Imam (20-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant. If Reed pulls off the win, he would be a likely candidate to replace Ramirez against Imam.
There is also a high stakes light heavyweight showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation championship - when Artur Beterbiev (11-0, 11 KOs)collides with Enrico Koelling (23-1, 6 KOs) in the co-main event.
The fight was originally scheduled to be a final eliminator, but following last month’s retirement by unbeaten three-belt champion Andre Ward - the sanctioning body approved Beterbiev vs. Koelling for the vacant belt.
Top Rank, who promote neither light heavyweight, secured the promotional rights by winning the IBF's purse bid. Beterbiev is currently in court, trying to separate from promoter Yvon Michel. If he is successful, most expect him to sign with Top Rank.
“We look forward to a great night of boxing,” duBoef said to the paper.