By Francisco Salazar
While Nonito Donaire will be defending his WBO junior featherweight title next Saturday in Cebu City, in the Philippines, one fighter will be watching closely.
Mandatory challenger Jessie Magdaleno will be streaming the fight half a world away in Las Vegas, Nev., his hometown.
Magdaleno (23-0, 17 KOs) called out Donaire after knocking out Rey Perez in his last bout on February 20.
“We really hope that’s the next fight, assuming Donaire wins next Saturday,” manager Frank Espinoza told BoxingScene.com Wednesday night. “Jessie is more than ready. He’s hungry and ready for this opportunity.”
“We’d like the fight to happen here (in the United States), but we’d have no problem going over there (the Philippines) to fight for the title.”
Based on the WBO rules, Donaire is making a voluntary defense of his title against Zsolt Bedak (25-1, 8 KOs) of Hungary. Bedak has won his last 10 bouts in a row since suffering his only defeat at the hands of Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. in May of 2010.
Magdaleno would fight the winner between Donaire and Bedak.
Espinoza expects Donaire to win.
“It would make the fight easier to make since Jessie and Nonito are promoted by Top Rank. I don’t see any problem with making the fight. Should Donaire win, I’ll then call Top Rank and see if we could get this fight moving.”
“Jessie has gotten better as a fighter and we believe very highly in him. We hope the fight gets made and that Jessie becomes the next world champion to come out of the Espinoza stable.”
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