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Magdaleno Stops Jimenez To Win NABF Champ

By Sean Wippert at ringside From time to time there are fights that when looked at on paper seem destined to be memorable if not legendary. We all remember fights like that. Fights where you hear terms like tactician, knockout artist, one punch wonder or that ‘they all have a punchers chance’. You know, the kind of fight where you have trouble not just picking a winner, but figuring out how either man could really win without risking defeat themselves. When researching the fighters on the main event card Saturday night at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, I found myself beginning to see something of this caliber starting to take shape.

Entering the ring first and sporting a black and orange tiger stripe motif was Dominican Super Featherweight Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez. The stone faced Santo Domingo native carried an expression of utter malice as he stared across the ring. With him came a record of 18-2 with 12 wins by way of knockout. Adding to the impressiveness of Jimenez’s 60% win to knockout ratio was the fact that his only two losses came within a six year time frame. In that span he had accumulated quite a reputation as a tough, determined, hard punching knockout artist that could flatten people in the blink of an eye.

A few minutes later, Las Vegas prodigy and total crowd favorite Diego Magdaleno bounced into the ring. The undefeated local sported a flawless record of 17-0 with 5 knockouts. While his knockout rate wasn’t nearly as high as his opponent’s; the key was that he had nothing showing up in the loss column. Much of his success can squarely be placed in the hands of his trainers Augie “kid Vegas” Sanchez and Pat Barry. What made Magdaleno such a good match up with Jimenez was his ability to evade attackers while delivering blistering sprays of leather. All this made for a potentially amazing fight, even before a single punch had been thrown. After a quick briefing in the middle of the ring both men moved into position at their perspective corners. The time had finally come to see who would be crowned NABF Super Featherweight Champion.

Magdaleno struck first, coming out with a vengeance and attacking Jimenez within seconds of the opening bell. As if trying to expel energy like it was some kind of disease, the local phenom unleashed a fury of shots, pressing Jimenez backward and into the ropes. Magdaleno’s attack seemed to immediately negate the Dominican’s 3” height and 3 ½” reach advantage. His attacks became so ferocious that he even managed a knockdown halfway through the first round.

The second and third rounds were a lot of the same with Magdaleno’s frenetically paced offense bordering on insane. He continued to launch shot after shot from multitudes of angles with minimal heavy handed returns from Jimenez. The attacks soon drove the Dominican boxer into a sort of “One Shot” punch mentality. He began weighing through the barrage of leather thrown by Magdaleno and in a futile attempt to end the fight in a single counter punch.
The fifth round saw Magdeleno add to his ever increasing lead as he continued to unleash vicious attacks that impacted the body and head of Jimenez. As the round came to a close, many in attendance had the feeling that the bout was not going the distance. These feelings were confirmed when Jimenez’s corner had seen enough and called a halt to the fight before the opening of the sixth round.

The crowd immediately came alive with screams and chants for the newly crowned champion. The NABF Super Featherweight belt had found its new home in Las Vegas and around the waist of the still undefeated Diego Magdeleno. With the win, Magdaleno takes the title, increasing his record to 18-0 with 6 knockouts. Jimenez takes the brutal loss, dropping to 18-3 with 12 knockouts

January 22, 2011

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