Magdaleno and Top Rank Have a Date in Laredo

Updated: April 2, 2015

Top Rank Boxing Promotions has made it a priority within the last couple of years to stage cards in the city of Laredo and this year will be no different. On April 11th, the Laredo Energy Arena will be hosting UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo Tecate” boxing series. The series, which is popular among Latino audiences and hardcore boxing fans has a history of showcasing up and coming talent in step up bouts and this shows main event will be no different. The evening’s main event showcases what promises to be an exciting fight as undefeated prospect Jesse Magdaleno (20-0, 15 KO’s) squares off against Filipino fighter John Mark Apolinario (18-5-3, 5 KO’s) in an 8-round super bantamweight contest. The main portion of the card will be televised that Saturday evening on UniMas.

Magdaleno, younger brother of super featherweight contender Diego Magdaleno, will be making a quick return to the ring after defeating Erik Ruiz by unanimous decision back in January. With the win Magdaleno picked up the NABF super bantamweight title and continued his march on a quest for a championship bout. While only fighting twice in 2014, Magdaleno looks to match his activity of 2013 when he fought four times in that calendar year.

Looking to derail the undefeated prospect is the rugged John Mark Apolinario, who will be looking to make it two wins in a row after going 1-3 in his last 4 bouts. Despite this stat, Apolinario is definitely Magdaleno’s biggest test to date as he holds the edge in not only fights and rounds put in, but has gone the full distance of 12-rounds on three separate occasions. Magdaleno has gone 8-rounds only twice. Fighters included that he has gone the distance with are Hernan “Tyson” Marquez, Koki Kameda, and Roberto Vasquez.

Also featured on the card will be undefeated Mexican Olympian and knockout specialist Oscar Valdez (14-0, 13 KO’s), undefeated Brazilian middleweight Esquiva Falcao (7-0, 5 KO’s), and Edinburg’s own Luis “El Flash” Castro (7-1, 5 KO’s).

Tickets start at only $10 (plus applicable taxes and service fees) and range up to $60. They are available through the Laredo Energy Arena Box Office or through Ticketmaster. The main event portion of the card will also be televised on UniMas.

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