Jessie Magdaleno (22-0-16K) v. Rey Perez (20-7-5K)
This was about the third fight I saw this weekend where a guy entered the ring with very little intention of getting involved in what was really goin’ on. Jessie Magdaleno (who looks like a pocket sized Gabe Ruelas), was here to do some rumblin’ while Perez was here to ensure he wasn’t getting hurt. Jessie did all he could to engage Perez in some fisticuffs but Perez must’ve read the memo like he was Steve Harvey. Round after round, Magdaleno would barge in, gloves flying while the passive Perez would put up his defense and hope the assault would be brief. As far as his offense, hell, the round girls were more active. Perez trains outta’ the Wild Card Gym and normally, guys from there will at least try to fight back.
By the fifth round, I was wishing Perez would find out why the hell he was in Arizona. For the first six rounds he acted like he wanted to be Jessie’s girl. He would just back into the ropes and let whatever was gonna’ happen, happen. I think on one or two occasions, he dug in a couple of body shots to the southpaw Magdaleno but that was pretty much the extent of his attack. Finally and I do mean, finally, Jessie discovered an opening and planted a dagger in the side of Perez, sending him to the deck and in the process, putting the fans out of their misery. The time was 2:51 of the seventh round.