Jessie Magdaleno told Nonito Donaire he would have to wait his turn to get another crack at the WBO junior featherweight belt he lost in November.
But Donaire wasn’t going to wait behind the scenes. The former four-division Filipino champion found a way to get involved with Magdaleno’s first title defense.
Donaire has been training with Magdaleno’s opponent, Adeilson Dos Santos, who hails from Brazil. Magdaleno (24-0, 17 knockouts) and Dos Santos (18-2, 14 KOs) will meet on Saturday’s Top Rank pay-per-view card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Magdaleno, a southpaw who grew up in Las Vegas, doesn’t think Donaire will offer much assistance.
“That’s great experience for Dos Santos,” Magdaleno said. “I know Donaire wants him to beat me, but at the same time, I don’t get how that’s going to work. Donaire is a right-hander. He can’t mimic my style.
“He’s going to give the guy a different look, and it’s going to hurt him.”
Donaire and Dos Santos reside and train in Las Vegas. Donaire lost a unanimous decision to Magdaleno at the Thomas & Mack Center six months ago.
“He just wants to climb back up the leaderboard, and play mind games,” Magdaleno said. “Donaire is in the past. I’m not worried about him.”
Magdaleno will be one of three champions making title defenses on Saturday. Oscar Valdez, the WBO featherweight titlist, will go up against the dangerous Miguel Marriaga during the main event.
Gilberto Ramirez, the WBO super middleweight champion, will defend his belt for the first time against Max Bursak. Ramirez has been sidelined for a year with a hand injury.
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