In front of a pro Magdaleno crowd, the skilled southpaw dominated the action from start to finish, consistently beating the 33 year old Mexican fighter to the punch. The 25 year old contender from Vegas used his jab and superior footwork to control Lucero for most of the bout and threw brilliant combinations to the body and head.
Magdaleno showed flashes of brilliance, using a mixed bag of skills, to get the job done on Friday night. Diego placed intelligent pressure, as well as using the entire ring at times, to manage the more experienced fighter.
The only knockdown of the bout came in the 7th round when Magdaleno caught Lucero with a straight left hand that drove the New York City resident into the ropes. The third man in the ring, Robert Byrd ruled the episode a technical knockdown and gave the underdog fighter a standing eight count.
There were moments late in the fight when it seemed as though the NABF title holder would close the show in style. But the Mexican born fighter held his own and survived the ten round contest to force the judges' decision.
Judges at ringside scored the bout 100-89, 100-88, and 100-87; all in favor the still undefeated Diego Magdaleno.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how the 25 year old contender fairs against the more skilled representatives of the 126 pound division. It almost seems inevitable that a showdown with Eloy Perez, Juan Carlos Salgado, or Adrien Broner will take place sometime next year.
Diego Magdaleno vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon (FINAL RD & HIGHLIGHT)