By Sean Wippert at ringside in Las Vegas: The younger half of the Magdaleno brothers, Jesse, was prominently on display on the undercard in Ls Vegas as he took on Houston native and fellow Super Bantamweight Gil Garcia.
The hard hitting, fast handed Las Vegan tore through his opponent in no time at all. Garcia never made it out of the first round as Magdaleno unloaded a series of flurries that demanded a stoppage from referee Robert Byrd. The TKO win by Magdaleno was officially marked at 2:40 of the first round. With the win Magdaleno, like his older brother, remains undefeated and improves to 7-0 with now 5 ko’s. The loss by Garcia puts him at 5-2 with 1 ko.
The swing bout of the evening was a high speed bout between another pair of Super Bantamweights. Brownsville, TX native Jerry Guevara engaged in what felt like a faced passed chess match against Philipino Juan Miguel Elorde. In a bout that saw almost as many feigned attacks as actual ones, it was the more active Guevara who seemed to shine. His punch output earned him the unanimous decision with scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37, increasing his record to 7-0 with 5 ko’s. The loss awards Elorde his first professional loss, dropping him to 10- with 4 ko’s.
In Super Welterweight action, Canadian Michael Zewski put on a damaging 5 round performance against Gundrick King from Tuscalusa, AL. The taller Zewski fired at range, establishing a jab offensive that kept King at bay. The Alabaman tried as he might to get through the offense of his opponent but found himself eating a lot of leather in the process.
After the first few rounds it was becoming very apparent who was getting the better of who as King’s left eye was swelling badly. In true fighter’s fashion, King pressed on, pushing through the almost constant offense from his opponent. King’s large amount of heart however just wasn’t enough as Zewski’s attaked dropped him to a knee in the 5th. King recovered from a standing eight count but was quickly under fire once again.
Referee Robert Byrd had finally seen enough, stopping the bout at the 2:44 mark of the fifth and awarding the TKO victory to the man from north of the border. The win propels the Canadian Zewski to 12-0 with now 8 ko’s, keeping his undefeated states in impressive fashion. The painful loss drops King to 16-7 with 11 ko’s.
The opening bout of the evening featured the Russian Light Middleweight Matt Korobov as he attempted to remain undefeated against Philadelphia’s own Latif Mundy. The pair attacked one another with Korobov showing shy he had the better record. His punishing attacks yielded a result in the fourth as he dropped Mundy at the 0:22 mark of the 4th round, ending his night. With the win Korobov continues his undefeated streak, moving to 17-0 with now 10 ko’s. The tough loss drops Mundy to 10-4-0-1 with 4 ko’s.
Also on the undercard, Super Bantamweight Gabino “Kid Showtime” Saenz of Indio, CA showed why he has never been beaten. He pounded out a unanimous 6 round decision of 60-54 x3 over Chicago native Sergio “Chico Lin” Cristobal. The win improves Saenz record to 6-0 with 5 ko’s and pushes Cristobal’s record to an even 3-3 with 0 ko’s.
Los Angeles based featherweight Saul Rodriguez took home his second professional win over Las Vegas local Rocco Espinosa. The California native made quick work of his opponent scoring a pair of knockdowns that led to a fight stoppage by referee Joe Cortez at the 1:04 mark of the first round. The win moves Rodrigues to 2-0 with 2 ko’s and drops Espinoza to a subpar record of 1-2 with 0 Ko’s.