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Memorial Day Sunday Boxing Prospect Spotlight: Diego Magdaleno, Super Featherweight

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Diego Magdaleno has added knockout power to his arsenal. (Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank)
Diego Magdaleno has added knockout power to his arsenal. (Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank)

Quick Profile

Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KO) is a 24-year-old Mexican-American fighter based in Las Vegas. The 5'6" southpaw has a powerful build and a 67" reach. A Top Rank prospect, Magdaleno is starting to get a TV push.

Pros

Magdaleno used to be criticized for lacking knockout power, or not finishing off opponents despite his intimidating physical build. But in his last four fights, Magdaleno has been demolishing opponents with power and precision. He also appears to have the body to move up at least two more divisions, so growing out of the 130-pound ranks probably won't be all that big of a deal. His ability to box smart also probably became a bit underrated while many focused on his supposed lack of power.

Cons

The cons for Magdaleno have fallen by the wayside. That's not to say he's a perfect prospect, but it will take better opposition than what he's faced to really get a read on his weaknesses. Right now, he can pretty easily physically overwhelm opponents, especially with his newfound aggression.

YouTube Links

vs Derrick Campos (2010-11-06) - Full Fight
vs Gilberto Sanchez Leon (2011-05-06) - Full Fight

Other Super Featherweight Prospects

Puerto Rico's Luis Cruz (18-0, 14 KO) had some difficulty getting by Martin Honorio in April, and many felt he would have lost the fight had it not been on his home turf. Aussie Will Tomlinson (17-0-1, 12 KO) has been picking up regional trinkets down under. 22-year-old Cleveland native Yaundale "Money Shot" Evans (14-0, 10 KO) recently went on the Roy Jones Jr tour bus to Russia, too. He's faced very light competition so far. Mexican prospect Dante Jardon (16-1, 14 KO) makes for excitement. UK southpaw Liam Walsh (11-0, 8 KO) is starting to make a name for himself, as he captured the Commonwealth title late last year.