Jessie Magdaleno wins unanimously after decision over Edy Valencia

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After 22 months out of the ring, Jessie Magdaleno just wanted to get back on his feet and give his career a boost.

The Las Vegan did it this Saturday, winning a unanimous decision over Edy Valencia on the undercard of the middleweight intertitle fight between Janibek Alimkhanuly and Danny Dignum at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Magdaleno (29-1, 18 knockouts) won with three scorecards, 80-72, winning every round on each judge’s card. But it was still a difficult fight.

Valencia (19-7-6, seven KOs) came forward from the opening bell and Magdaleno tried to find his points to attack on the counterattack. Magdaleno admitted after the fight that his timing felt a little off and he sometimes struggled to land clean. Valencia threw a lot of punches but only landed sporadically as Magdaleno pinned his back against the ropes.

“I would rate my performance a ‘C’,” said Magdaleno. “I’ve been out for 22 months. Felt a little off distance and timing. But I know once I’m back I’ll have a much better performance for my fans. But overall I am happy and satisfied with the decision.”

The fight was Magdaleno’s first since a disqualification win over Yenifel Vicente in June 2020. Magdaleno won a 122-pound world title in 2016 with a career-best win over surefire Hall of Famer Nonito Donaire. But Isaac Dogboe knocked him out a few years later to take the title, and Magdaleno struggled to find a foothold in any weight class at 126 pounds.

He said after the fight that he would like to return with another fight in August or September before moving on to a higher level of competition.

“It was a long break, 22 months,” said Magdaleno. “I wanted a first class performance but I made the decision, got what I wanted and know next time will be much better.”

In the main event, Janibek Alimkhanuly won an interim middleweight belt with a highlight reel knockout of previously undefeated Danny Dignum.

Alimkhanuly (12-0, eight KOs) dropped Dignum (14-1-1, eight KOs) in the first round and picked up where he left off in the second round, pinning him against the ropes and injuring him with one Combination. Dignum leaned down and Alimkhanuly landed a perfect left uppercut. Dignum’s legs gave out and referee Tony Weeks waved his hand almost immediately as his body hit the canvas.

Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan now becomes the mandatory challenger to Demetrius Andrade, who holds the WBO middleweight title. But Andrade has mooted a move to 168lbs, meaning Alimkhanuly could be upgraded to a full roster without having to fight another fight.

Lightweight Jamaine Ortiz grabbed a career-best win, beating Jamel Herring by unanimous decision.

Both fighters struggled to gain distance in the early rounds, but Ortiz (16-0-1, eight KOs) found success late in the second round, landing a right hand that Herring (23-4, 11 KOs) in his stopped tracks. The pace slowed as the fight progressed and the final two rounds became a slugfest.

Ortiz won 96-94, 97-93, and 97-93. Herring, a former 130-pound titleholder, indicated after the fight that he plans to retire.

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