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article imageOp-Ed: Magdaleno could suffer first loss if he insists on facing Donaire

By Leo Reyes     May 5, 2016 in Sports
WBO bantamweight contender Jessie Magdaleno could be risking his unbeaten record if he insists on facing WBO super bantamweight titlist Nonito Donaire in a title fight that could halt his six-year, 23-fight winning streak.
Magdaleno (23-0-0, 17 KOs) has been calling out Nonito Donaire, saying he is the mandatory challenger to Donaire's WBO 122-pound title.
The 24-year-old Mexican-American from Las Vegas, Nevada is ranked No.1 by WBO, No. 4 by WBA, No. 5 by IBF and No. by WBC.
“I don’t see any problem getting a title shot,” stated Magdaleno on “I’ve worked hard, I’m the mandatory challenger to Nonito’s title, hopefully the politics don’t prevent me for getting what I want.
Understandably, politics won't come in the way as both fighters are stablemates at Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions.
“I want to fight Nonito. We as a team know that we have the tools to beat him and I want the WBO title. Look at my record, I’m 23-0 with 17 KOs. Donaire is a great fighter and I respect him, but I’m hungry and I believe that this is my time. That’s why I want to challenge him to fight,” said Magdaleno, who is nine years younger than Donaire.
Of course Donaire won't back out from the challenge as he knows it will be an easy fight for him. As long as he gets his guaranteed fee from Arum, he will most likely oblige.
“Nonito, I know you’re a great fighter, a warrior that always fights the best. You take on all comers and I believe you won’t back away from this challenge. Let’s fight! I deserve the opportunity and it will be a tremendous war. Let’s give the fans a great fight.”
While Magdaleno deserves a crack at Donaire being the No.1 challenger, he may be rushing things out in an effort to shine quickly in the spotlight with "The Filipino Flash" who is a four-weight world titlist.
Donaire and Magdaleno's credentials are miles apart with Donaire having fought the best and the finest in the division including Vic Darchinyan, Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., Jorge Arce, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Nicholas Walters, among others.
Despite his unbeaten record, Magadaleno has not fought beyond 10 rounds. If he lands a title fight with Donaire, it will be his first to go 12 rounds.
Magdaleno's last two fights were against boxers with multiple defeats in their career records. His last fight was against Filipino Rey Perez, who has eight losses in his pro career. Before the Perez bout, Magdaleno fought Vergel Nebran, another challenger with 10 losses in his pro career. The rest are practically unknown fighters with unimpressive credentials.
In his effort to fast track his career, Magdaleno risks being beaten up by Donaire whose credentials are far superior than the aspiring Mexican-American.
The Donaire fight could make doors wide open for Magdaleno especially if he scores the upset but a loss would certainly dent on his unblemished record and consequently derail his quest to stardom.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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