As soon as the Jeff Horn-Terence Crawford welterweight world title fight -- scheduled for April 14 in Las Vegas -- was postponed because of a Crawford hand injury, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said he would move junior featherweight world titleholder Jessie Magdaleno's mandatory defense against interim titlist Isaac Dogboe from that undercard to another show two weeks later.
On Thursday the move was made official. Magdaleno-Dogboe will headline a Top Rank on ESPN tripleheader on April 28 at the Liacouras Center on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia. The bouts will air on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. ET, with the entire card streaming live on the ESPN App beginning at 4 p.m. ET.
Magdaleno (25-0, 18 KOs), a 26-year-old southpaw from Las Vegas, won his 122-pound world title by controversial decision from Nonito Donaire in November 2016, but he was limited to only one fight in 2017 -- a second-round knockout of Adeilson Dos Santos in April -- due to injuries.
It will have been one week shy of a year since Magdaleno's last fight when he meets the formidable Dogboe, whom he sparred with two years ago in Las Vegas with each man claiming he got the better of the action.
"I feel like this going to be a very exciting fight," Magdaleno said. "All the fans are going to see a great fight from Jessie Magdaleno. I'm going to do things the fans have never seen from me. I have a great undefeated opponent in front of me. Someone's '0' has got to go, but mine isn't going anywhere."
While Magdaleno was sidelined with a wrist injury, Dogboe (18-0, 12 KOs), 23, a 2012 Olympian from Ghana, knocked out Cesar Juarez to claim the vacant interim belt on Jan. 6.
The two other televised fights, both scheduled for 10 rounds, will feature hometown contenders and former world title challengers, heavyweight Bryant Jennings and super middleweight Jesse Hart.
Jennings (22-2, 13 KOs), 33, will face Philly rival Joey Dawejko (19-4-4, 11 KOs), 27.
"In my opinion, Dawejko versus Jennings is the biggest Philly versus Philly fight in 36 years," said Russell Peltz, a Philadelphia promoter and International Boxing Hall of Famer who is working with Top Rank on the event. "I have to go all the way back to 1982 when Jeff Chandler defended his WBA world bantamweight title against former high school classmate Johnny Carter in a nationally televised fight from Pennsylvania Hall at the Civic Center.
"There have been other outstanding all-Philly fights since then, but they pale in comparison to Dawejko versus Jennings. Plus, Dawejko beat Jennings in the amateurs, and that's just one of several subplots in this matchup."
Jennings, who lost a decision challenging then-heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 and then lost by knockout to Luis Ortiz, is seeking his fourth win in a row since a 20-month layoff following the loss to Ortiz. When he returned in August, Jennings signed with Top Rank.
"I'm very excited for this all-Philly battle," Jennings said. "Hopefully, when this is a success, we'll be able to bring boxing to the city on an even bigger scale. After I beat Joey Dawejko, I hope to one day fight for, and defend, the heavyweight title in Philadelphia."
In his third amateur bout, Jennings faced Dawejko and contends that he was the rightful winner.
"The judges said he won, but I really won," Jennings said.
Dawejko has a different view.
"It was the last fight of my amateur career, and I know he felt he won," Dawejko said. "I already knew I was turning pro. I didn't care about the fight and it was an easy win. If he feels he got hosed in our amateur fight, I'm gonna down that m-----f----- in our pro fight."
Hart (23-1, 19 KOs), 28, will fight Demond Nicholson (18-2-1, 17 KOs), 25, of Laurel, Maryland in the opener.
Hart lost a unanimous decision challenging world titlist Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez in an action-packed fight in September and bounced back to score a first-round knockout of Thomas Awimbono on Feb. 3. Nicholson also suffered his first loss last year, dropping an eight-round split decision to Steve Rolls in June before rebounding for a second-round knockout of Josue Obando in August.
"I'm very excited to fight in front of my hometown people," said Hart, who is trained by his father, Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, the 1970s middleweight contender. "My dad will definitely be there, and even more exciting is my daughter, Halo, will be there. She hasn't been to a fight since 2014, so this night will be extra special."
Also on the card, 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson (5-0, 2 KOs), 20, a southpaw from Newark, New Jersey, will face Roxberg Riley (12-0, 6 KOs), 30, of Dallas, Georgia, in an eight-round featherweight fight.
In another undercard fight, junior lightweight Robson Conceicao (6-0, 4 KOs), 29, a 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Brazil, will face Alex Torres Rynn (6-1, 3 KOs), 31, of Calgary, Alberta.