Diego Magdaleno (right) looks to continue his climb toward a world title shot tonight on ShoBox. (Photo by Tom Casino/Showtime)
Tonight's ShoBox: The New Generation is live from Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., with a 130-pound main event between rising star Diego Magdaleno and late replacement opponent Fernando Beltran.
Magdaleno (21-0, 7 KO) has become a TV regular and is hoping to advance to world title level by the end of the year. At 25, he's had a fairly patient build, and has visibly improved in the ring over time with solid TV exposure. He's also local in Las Vegas, which is a bonus, and now moves down to Arizona, where Top Rank appears to be trying to build up the boxing fan base, which is a good idea as it seems like an ideal boxing state.
Beltran (36-7-1, 20 KO) is just another veteran sacrificial lamb on paper, after previous opponents Miguel Beltran Jr and Chucky Lazcano both dropped out. This isn't Magdaleno's fault, or Top Rank's, or Showtime's, so hopefully Diego just puts in a strong performance and moves his way toward the title shot he wants to line up.
The co-feature is a junior welterweight bout between Yordenis Ugas (11-0, 5 KO) and Johnny Garcia (11-0-1, 8 KO). I have no idea if Garcia can fight at all because I've never seen him, but adding up his empty record built mostly in Michigan rings doesn't prove anything on the hopeful side.
Ugas stunk out the ring earlier this year on Friday Night Fights, so hopefully he can show more of what was hyped of his alleged "action" style tonight against Garcia. Don't hold your breath, but cross your fingers.