Felix Verdejo built a statement in the light-weight division with a vicious initial-round stoppage of earlier unbeaten Will Madera.
Felix Verdejo (27-1, 17 KOs) built an emphatic assertion in the lightweight division with a blistering initial round knockout against formerly unbeaten Will Madera (15-1-3) in the main celebration of Best Rank on ESPN from the MGM Grand Meeting Middle in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The when really touted Verdejo has experienced to rebuild his impression above the decades after a motorbike accident in 2016 and suffering his very first defeat via knockout to Antonio Lozada in 2018. The 2012 Olympian was primed to be the subsequent massive star to occur out of Puerto Rico but issues relating to his drive to turn his blue-chip status into stardom have weighed weighty on the 27-yr-outdated.
Towards Madera, Verdejo took a stage in the appropriate route displaying the pedigree, persistence and electrical power that at the time experienced the boxing globe on observe when he arrived on the scene.
At the rear of a piston-like jab, Verdejo uncovered his assortment and labored his way inside. The moment he realized that Madera didn’t have a lot to offer in return, Verdejo billed in with 20 seconds still left and rattled his opponent with a mixture that had Madera in deep trouble.
Verdejo followed the reeling Madera into the ropes and fired a appropriate uppercut that established up the remaining hook that set Madera down for the depend with just a next left in the spherical.
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Jared Anderson (5-, 5 KOs) continued his harmful tour through the heavyweight division by amassing a first-round knockout versus Hector Perez (7-3). It didn’t choose extensive for Anderson – who was coming off of a 3rd spherical knockout on June 9 – to impose his will on Perez. A left hook clobbered Perez and Anderson adopted with yet another collection of punches to place down Perez at the 1:45 mark.
Martino Jules (10-) gained a difficult greater part selection around Aleem Jumakhonov (8-3-2) in an 8 round featherweight bout with scores of 78-74, 78-74 & 76-76.