Jessie Magdaleno looks good as he moves up to featherweight against Rico Ramos.
Since losing his WBO title to Isaac Dogboe in April 2018, Jessie Magdaleno would make his return against former world champion Rico Ramos. The winner of this fight could be in line for a title bout in a very deep featherweight division.
It became apparent the southpaw felt better at the new weight; immediately jumping on his opponent with blistering hand speed and combinations. After settling in from the early start, Magdaleno continued to take control of the fight. Proving to be the better boxer, he was landing good body shots, beautiful counters, and fighting very relaxed.
Ramos, seemingly lost, found the middle rounds no different. He was showing no urgency, following the southpaw around while staying on the center-line. While continuing to have trouble against southpaw fighters, he would land a few right hands, however, they were mostly arm punches. Meanwhile Magdaleno was countering to the body.
As the fight was coming to a close, it was Magdaleno who controlled every aspect of it. Tonight, we saw a fresh fighter that came looking to make a statement!
Ramos didn’t have any answers. It was a lack-luster performance and perhaps it’s time for the former world champion to retire. This was his last opportunity to remain relevant. However, it’s clear that his mental state hasn’t changed in big fights since suffering the first loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux in 2012.
All three judges would score it in favor of Magdaleno. Looking forward, there could be a match-up with stable-mate and WBO champion Oscar Valdez.
This could take place later this year and is an excellent fight in an already stacked division that continues to add talent.
By: Garrisson Bland