Felix Verdejo crushes Will Madera in the first round, wants Lomachenko


Felix Verdejo got a late stop for tonight’s Top Rank Boxing main event on ESPN, and the Puerto Rican fighter, who was once believed to be a big star in the sport, took advantage.

Verdejo (27-1, 17 KO) crushed Will Madera in the first round, dropping and stopping his opponent at 2:59.

Verdejo, 27, injured Madera (15-1-3, 8 KO’s) in a burst, then dropped him after pushing Madera’s hitherto undefeated (but largely untested, to be fair) into the corner, where Verdejo landed a uppercut right lead, a right hand follow upstairs, and a left hook to put Madera hard.

Madera did not get up and referee Robert Hoyle stopped the fight.

It was Verdejo’s second fight with acclaimed trainer Ismael Salas, after a January win over Manny Rojas where Verdejo somehow worked in 10 uninspiring heats. Determination and desire have long been the questions about Verdejo, but tonight he showed a real killer instinct.

“In terms of technical and tactical work, we worked explicitly on some things in the camp, but more importantly, I listened to him,” Verdejo told Bernardo Osuna after the fight. “He said, ‘Stay steady, stay calm, go out and do what you can do. Keep that jab over there, use that front hand to set up the tracking. This is what I did and I won the victory. “

Verdejo pointed out that although he got a quick win, he didn’t do it with reckless abandonment.

“I took my time. I came here installed, I wanted to measure what he had, how much he had hit hard, ”he said. “Once I understood that, I did it, I let go of my hands – but still under control, and the knockout came. “

Verdejo was once regarded as a prominent hope in the sport and was a sought-after signature for the Top Rank of the 2012 Olympics, but an upset defeat against Antonio Lozada in 2018 was followed by a series of performances that earned the better mixed reviews, even if he got wins.

After this performance, there will be speculation that Verdejo is “back” to what everyone thought he might be, and he says it himself.

“Stay ready because Felix Verdejo is back and I’m ready to fight against the best. This is my message to everyone: be ready. “

And as for the 2012 Olympics, where he lost to amateur legend Vasiliy Lomachenko but showed a lot of promise in defeat, Verdejo would always like revenge.

“The best player at 135 pounds is Vasiliy Lomachenko. He’s the best in the division, but more importantly, we have some outstanding business, and I want to get the rematch of what happened at the Olympics. “

If Verdejo really started to piece it back, he’s absolutely someone to watch at 135 pounds, which is currently a very fun weight class with likes of Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia, Jorge Linares, Luke Campbell, Richard Commey, maybe Gervonta “Tank” Davis if he stays at 135, and other quality fighters. Verdejo is not old and has not gone beyond the point where he could still capitalize on his abilities and become the best fighter he was supposed to be. It could be very interesting in the future, and it feels good to say it.

Martino Jules MD-8 Aleem Jumakhonov

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This collided with the role of co-functionality. Jules is a 23 year old left handed featherweight from Allentown, Penn., And he showed some skill here, but also some trepidation as this fight continued, Jumakhonov not going away, giving Jules a bloody nose and bringing some pressure with which Jules was struggling.

BLH scored that 76-76, which was also what one of the judges had, but that was canceled by two 78-74 cards in favor of Jules, keeping him undefeated at 10-0 (2 KO). There is certainly not a grade A hope or anything, but in the early rounds, you could certainly see some skill in the young fighter, things which hopefully can be refined and refined and can -be giving him a chance to climb the ladder. But a lack of punching power could also be an important factor for him.

As for Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KO’s), he’s a 27 year old fighter, originally from Tajikistan and now based in California, who has the kind of tools to be a favorite of potential fans on B shows like the Thursday night series of Golden Boy, a guy who could test and maybe even expose some perspectives for a few years.

Jared Anderson TKO-1 Hector Perez

This fight was postponed but happened tonight, second fight in The Bubble for both. Anderson, of course, is a legitimate heavyweight hopeful, a 20-year-old blue shredder out of Toledo, and he smashed Perez from Puerto Rico by hand, dropping him and stopping him in 1:45. Perez went down and showed no intention of getting up, so referee Russell Mora canceled it after a count of eight, making it a TKO.

Anderson (5-0, 5 KO’s) entered the third round the last time on June 9, but was back to scrapping the first round here. Everyone is fully aware that it is far from being a competitor, because Perez (7-3, 3 KO’s) is what the French call “not very good”, but there is at least a little speculation on the type of intensifies he could do over the next year.

“Anyone is good, anyone,” said Anderson when asked about potential opponents he could fight as he developed. “I want Olympians, I want former world champions, challengers, all that. Anyone I can have, really. ”

The heavyweight division is certainly no shortage of washouts and fights, so it will find many willing opponents over time.

Kenny Davis Jr MD-4 Eduardo Sanchez

Generally speaking, these are two guys who, fighting against each other, would never get, never on big national television, but they did, and bless them, they put a damn fun four rounds.

After a fairly consistent first round, Sanchez took out flamboyant guns in the second, scoring 43 of the 130 punches in the round. That work rate again seemed to crush Davis in the third, until Davis scored with a hard body shot that put Sanchez on the canvas late in the round.

But Davis also hit Sanchez while he was down, earning him a warning to start the fourth and final round, then Davis lost a point for losing his mouth a second time, which returned the scores clumsy at 37-37, 38-36, and 38-36, the latter two going in the direction of Davis and giving him his third consecutive victory. BLH also had 38-36 Davis for what it was worth.

Davis, 24, is now 3-2-1 (0 KO), while Sanchez, 28, drops to 2-3 (0 KO). And for real, hats off to these two guys. They may have the only shot they get on an ESPN card, and they fought well.


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