One-time world title challengers DIEGO MAGDALENO and JOSE "Chelo" GONZALEZ will battle each other in a 12-round lightweight bout in the co-main event of an all-action card headlined by the GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ - DERECK "The Black Lion" EDWARDS 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) International super middleweight title fight on Friday, June 26, at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX. Both fights will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV® at 10:00 p.m. ET. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®. Find truTV on YOUR TV: http://trutvishere.com/
"Diego and Chelo have had chances at the brass ring before -- each getting world title shots -- and both came up a little short. This is their best chance to return for a second title shot. They know what's at stake and they will make the most of this opportunity," said Carl Moretti, vice president of Top Rank.
Magdaleno (27-1, 11 KOs), from Las Vegas, NV, won his first 23 bouts as a professional to become the WBO's No. 1 junior lightweight contender and earning a world title shot against defending WBO world lightweight champion Rocky Martinez in 2013. Unfortunately Magdaleno ended up on the wrong side of a split decision loss but that decision only made him hungrier for another shot at the title. Trained by Joel Diaz in Palm Springs, Calif., where he works with former two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, the former NABF super featherweight champion returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak as a lightweight and world-rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the WBO
Gonzalez (24-1, 19 KOs), from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, won his first 22 bouts as a professional with 17 of those victories coming by way of knockout, en route to becoming the WBO's No. 1 lightweight contender and earning his world title shot against defending WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns in 2013. Leading on all three scorecards, Gonzalez was forced to retire after the ninth round due to a wrist injury. He returns to the ring having won his last two bouts -- both for the WBO Latino lightweight title -- by knockout and world-rated No. 3 by the WBO.