Diego Magdaleno in search of one more title shot
By Bill Tibbs
Former, 2-time word title challenger Diego Magdaleno returns to the ring on February 15th in Nashville, Tennessee as part of the Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz, IBF world super middleweight card. This will be the 2nd title defence for Plant, who won the title in January of 2019 defeating former champion Jose Uzcategui. The crowd should be a good one as Plant was born and raised in Nashville. So, with a strong house and a Fox TV audience looking on, this is a great card for Magdaleno to pick up a win and get back in the game among 135-pound contenders.
Magdaleno turned pro in 2007 and ran up a perfect 23-0 record before dropping a close, split decision loss to Roman Martinez in 2013 in his first world title shot for the WBO world super featherweight title. Then, 5 wins later, he got a shot at IBF featherweight champion Terry Flanigan in Flanigan’s hometown of Manchester, England. Magdaleno, in an admittedly off night, and was stopped early in the bout.
Since then, Magdaleno picked up a win in 2016, took 2017 off, and then grabbed 2 wins in Mexico in 2018. That led to a shot at undefeated lightweight Teofimo Lopez in February of last year. Magdaleno showed great heart and willingness in a stoppage loss against the vastly talented Lopez who would would win the IBF world lightweight title 3 fights later in December of last year.
And, now Magdaleno, 33, is looking forward to his first bout of the new year and seeing if he can work his way back towards another title shot. Maxboxing caught up with the friendly, well-spoken Las Vegas native to get his thoughts on his career and his upcoming February clash in Music City.
Bill Tibbs: Hi Diego, thanks for taking a minute to chat.
Diego Magdalena: No problem, happy to do it.
BT: You’ve had 2 world title shots. Is that your goal again at this stage of your career, another world title shot?
DM: Well, ultimately that is the goal to fight for another world title. That is every fighters’s goal. I have a 3-fight deal with Al Haymon and they are seeing if they can get me a shot at (WBA world lightweight champion) Gervonta Davis. He is looking at a big fight with Lomachenko sometime so they feel me being a southpaw would be a good fight for him. And, it’s a fight I’d like as well.
BT: The last time you were in the ring you got stopped by a very talented Teofimo Lopez but got a lot of respect for the heart you showed in the fight.
DM: I knew I was gonna get my hands dirty in that fight. I knew it was gonna be a tough fight. But, after the fight I was checked out by the doctor and I was fine. The worst thing I had was a bad cut on my nose. But, I was checked out and I was fine, no concussion or anything.
BT: Do you know who you are fighting in Nashville?
DM: Yes, I am fighting a fighter named Austin Dulay. I expect a tough fight and it’s a great spot for me to be in on a good card.
BT: With the win then you are hopefully on the way to a Davis fight?
DM: That is the plan. I have a 3-fight deal so I am excited to get back in the ring. I hope to fight 3 times this year, that would be good; fighting is what I love to do.
BT: You’ve had some great moments in your career and you should be proud of what you have accomplished in boxing.
DM: Hey, I look at my career and the only losses I have are against world champions. That isn’t too bad. Boxing has taken me all over the world a few times. Boxing has been great to me. I love fighting, it is in my blood.
BT: Thanks fo the chat, best of luck next month in Nashville.
DM: No problem Bill. Thanks.