This Saturday in China, Diego Magdaleno finally gets his title shot and it will be against none other than Rocky Martinez. The undefeated Magdaleno (23-0) said on his Facebook page, “I think Roman Martinez will be taking this fight seriously. I always thought we would fight in a Puerto Rico. Now, it’s China. It’s going to come down to me and Roman, duking it out in center of the ring.”However, Magdaleno should not trade. He needs to stick to what he knows best, boxing. Use the ring and really dig to the body. That will slow Martinez down enough for Magdaleno to finish him off. Magdaleno can trade as well but that would be doing exactly want Martinez wants.
Martinez is coming off an extremely controversial draw with Juan Carlos Burgos. Yours truly had Burgos up 5 points. I didn’t see that fight being close at all. Magdaleno also told me that he had Burgos winning that fight as well. Martinez can’t afford another bad showing like had with Burgos. To retain his belt in China, Martinez will have to be more than just aggressive. He is going to have to learn to cut off the ring better, especially with such a mobile target like Magdaleno. In addition to that he will also have to get inside using faints and jabs. I honestly think this will turn out to be a classic Mexican versus Puerto Rican fight, who knows it could also turn out to be a fight of the year candidate.
Also on the card is the always exciting, Brian Viloria (32-3). He will be taking on, the little known, Juan Francisco Estrada (22-2). Estrada has fought nearly all of his fights in Mexico. He lost his last fight to the undefeated WBA world light flyweight champion, Roman Gonzalez. This Saturday, Estrada will get another opportunity to win a championship as he guns for Viloria’s WBA and WBO titles in China. Winning those belts however, will be no easy task. In his last 3 fights Brian Viloria has scored all late round TKO’s. They don’t call him “Hawaiian Punch” for the fun of it.
The pro debut of Chinese 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming will also be featured on the card this Saturday. Tune into HBO2 at 4pm central time to catch it all. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @ThaBoxingVoice and me @lucasbiggers213. We also have a radio show that airs every Thursday and Sunday, you never know who may come on. Thanks for reading and enjoying the sweet science.