By Derek Bonnett
Ring TV Live presented the ring return of two-time world title challenger Diego "Mr. Superb" Magdaleno at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Magdaleno, inactive since a shocking second round stoppage defeat to Terry Flanagan, took on tough veteran Art Hovhannisyan in a ten round super lightweight contest.
Magdaleno used some flash to score in round one. Nothing great from either fighter. Hovhannisyan marched forward, but landed less. Magdaleno still used his very wide stance and was caught a couple times while resetting. Round two was a much closer round. Magdaleno was busier with combinations, but not very accurate. Not much landed from either fighter. Hovhannisyan , 34, fell into the pattern of waiting too long by round three and played into Magdaleno’s advantages. Low punch output from both, but Magdaleno was in punching position and snuck in some shots rapidly. Round four was a better round for Hovhannisyan. He let his hands go more and connected with some power. Not a sure win over the course of the three minutes though. Magdaleno moved more and threw less than previous round. The style of fight shifted to Hovhannisyan’s comfort zone, but Magdaleno outfought him the fifth. Magdaleno really sat on his punches, digging to the body and using the uppercut. After five rounds, the former two-time world title challenger led 50-46 on the SecondsOut scorecard.
Magdaleno, 29, again used better footwork to put himself in position to punch through round six. The fight became that simple. Magdaleno kicked it to the next gear in round seven and seemed to stun his Armenian opponent. Magdaleno appeared to be rebounding well from the Flanagan loss against a tough customer. Hovhannisyan was again jolted a few times in the eighth. Good body work from Magdaleno highlighted the round. Hovhannisyan let this one pass him by or Magdaleno simply was off against Flanagan. Magdaleno looked like decent contender at lightweight with his usual flash, but more steam on his punches. Magdaleno continued working hard for this win now in round nine, but his difference in class was apparent even during Hovhannisyan’s last round rally. All three judges scores the contest 99-91 for Magdaleno. SecondsOut saw it similarly at 100-91.
Magdaleno raised his ledger to 29-2-0 (12). Hovhannisyan dipped to 17-3-3 (9).
Philadelphia’s Damon Allen learned a hard lesson in an eight round lightweight bout. Inside the ropes, Allen was pressured and worn down by a hardened veteran in Luis Arceo. After the fight, Allen had his skin toughened by a dose of reality via a ringside post-fight lesson from Bernard Hopkins.
Allen won the first round easily pumping a light jab. He loaded up with the left a few times early. Allen started working the right. It looked like he might have been setting a trap, but he abandoned that type of work soon after. Arceo way too flat-footed and slow to threaten the athlete in Allen over the first three minutes. Allen did just about everything he shouldn’t have in round two. He stood and traded. He stopped moving and reduced his jab output. Arceo landed the better punches and had a nice overhand right early. Allen’s stamina began failing him in round three. He fought a better first half of the round than in round two. He used speed and movement to land and make Arceo miss. Arceo’s pressure pulled him back over the second half as Allen held more. 29-28 Allen. The best round of the fight came in the fourth. Allen stayed in the pocket to work the body. He did well for two minutes. Arceo was in his face for three minutes and got some leather in the last 30 seconds. Allen sucked the harder wind at the bell. Allen led 39-37 on the SecondsOut scorecard.
Allen, 24, looked gassed a bit in round five. He took the round off and Arceo pressured all the way through. Allen landed some shots, but Arceo was busier and putting in combos. Allen looked green in the sixth. He was tired and trying to avoid Arceo rather than beat him. Arceo won another round on effort. Allen ran the whole round in the seventh. Rather than stand his ground or box form the outside, he sought to stay on his bike and not engage. Highly unimpressive from a judging standpoint. Allen failed to rise to the test in round eight again. Arceo, 37, took the fight to his opponent over the second half and never let up with the pressure. He landed the better shots when the two engaged or at least force the fight as Allen became more mobile. Arceo, who took the fight on a few days notice, won the bout 77-75 on the SecondsOut card. However, the bout was scored a unanimous draw at 76-76 across the board.
Allen fell to 10-0-1 (4). Arceo got the moral victory and moved to 28-15-5 (18).