Las Vegas-based Top Rank prospect Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KO) will be back in action on July 15, facing Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KO) in the main event of ShoBox from the Texas Station Casino in his hometown.
Magdaleno, 24, is a rising star in the super featherweight division and knocking on the door of contention. Recently, he's added knockout power to his game after being deemed feather-fisted earlier in his career. Now sitting down on his punches as he physically matures, Magdaleno has become dangerous to the body and head.
"Everything's just coming together,'' said Magdaleno. "It's just sitting down more on our punches. I'm feeling more comfortable in the ring and that's a big factor, too. It's a learning thing. Each fight, I learn. I've worked very hard to get to this point, but I'm not going to stop here.''
The 25-year-old Perez has lost fights to Adolfo Landeros and Rico Ramos, but is coming off of a first round knockout win over Antonio Escalante in March. Here he has a chance to upend a top prospect.
"I don't like making excuses but I had a lot of trouble making weight in the lower divisions and I just had to learn from that,'' Perez said. "I feel much more comfortable now and continue to train very hard. I'm hungry, I can tell you that. I live off this sport. It's my life. Whatever I have to do to be on top, I'll do that.
"Whenever somebody expects to see Alejandro Perez fight, then that's what they will see - a fight. I get paid to fight, and that's what we do.''
The co-feature will be another super featherweight bout, featuring 28-year-old Joselito Collado (12-0, 3 KO) and 21-year-old Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KO).