Diego Magdaleno and Nonito Donaire resurface at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas


By Chris Robinson

There has been a lot going on in the lives of former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno and former titlist Nonito Donaire.

On April 13th, Donaire would drop a unanimous decision to Cuban stylist Guillermo Rigondeaux inside of the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Despite a 10th round knockdown, Donaire had tremendous difficulty with Rigondeaux’s excellent defense and sharp counter-punching from his southpaw stance as he failed to get into an offensive rhythm.

Following his defeat, Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s), would undergo surgery on his right shoulder and is focusing much of his attention on the upcoming birth of his first child with his wife Rachel.

Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KO’s) was last seen inside of the ropes on April 6th in Macau, China, as he dropped a hotly-contested 12-round split-decision loss to Puerto Rico’s Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez in his bid for the WBO junior lightweight championship. Magdaleno was dropped in the fourth round yet gave a solid account of himself.

About a month about the loss, Magdaleno revealed that he had parted ways with his longtime trainer and manager Pat Barry. It was recently reported that Magdaleno has signed with manager Frank Espinoza and he is still actively seeking a new trainer.

Despite much uncertainty surrounding both men, Magdaleno and Donaire were both spotted inside of familiar confines early today as Diego posted a photo of them inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas.

With no concrete fights lined up, Donaire and Magdaleno appeared to be getting in some light work. Still, it’s refreshing to see them back doing what they do best.

Chris Robinson can be reached at Trimond@aol.com


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