A few notes from around the boxing world:
Junior featherweight Jessie Magdaleno (22-0, 16 KOs), younger brother of lightweight contender Diego Magdaleno, will take on Edward Mansito (13-3-2, 7 KOs) on Feb. 20 (UniMas) in the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” main event at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, according to Top Rank matchmaker Brad “Abdul” Goodman. Magdaleno, a 24-year-old southpaw from Las Vegas, has been mentioned by Top Rank as a possible world title challenger for Nonito Donaire later in the year if Donaire retains his 122-pound belt in an April defense in the works. Mansito, 23, of the Philippines, has lost two fights in a row.
The rematch between interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs), of Germany, and Italy’s Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) on Saturday at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany, will be for a vacant secondary world title. The WBA has “promoted” Fedor Chudinov to a so-called “super” titleholder status and Feigenbutz and De Carolis will vie for the vacant “regular” belt. It still means, however, that there will be two titleholders recognized by the organization in the same weight division.
According to the IBF, junior bantamweight titlist McJoe Arroyo (17-0, 8 KOs), 30, of Puerto Rico, will make his mandatory defense against Jerwin Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), 24, of the Philippines, on Feb. 20 in Puerto Rico after the sides made a deal and the purse bid was called off. Arroyo will be making his first defense of the vacant 115-pound world title he won by lopsided 10th-round technical decision on July 18 in a fight that was sent the scorecards because Villanueva suffered a bad cut over his eye and could not continue.
The purse bid for the junior welterweight title elimination rematch between Japan’s Keita Obara (15-1-1, 14 KOs) and Nicaragua’s Walter Castillo (26-3-1, 19 KOs), which was scheduled to take place this past Tuesday, was called off, according to the IBF, which said the sides made a deal with the bout slated to take place at a site in the United States in late February of early March. Obara and Castillo met Nov. 7 in a title eliminator that ended in a controversial draw. The winner will become the mandatory challenger for 140-pound titlist Eduard Troyanovsky (23-0, 20 KOs).