Felix Verdejo obtained a late bump to the most important event on tonight’s Leading Rank Boxing on ESPN broadcast, and the Puerto Rican fighter, as soon as envisioned to be a significant star in the activity, produced the most of it.
Verdejo (27-1, 17 KO) smashed Will Madera in the initial round, dropping and stopping his opponent at 2:59.
Verdejo, 27, harm Madera (15-1-3, 8 KO) on a flurry, and then dropped him soon after pushing the earlier-unbeaten (but mostly untested, to be good) Madera to the corner, wherever Verdejo landed a guide right uppercut, a follow-up correct hand upstairs, and a remaining hook to put Madera down challenging.
Madera was not receiving up and referee Robert Hoyle stopped the combat.
This was Verdejo’s 2nd struggle with acclaimed coach Ismael Salas, pursuing a January get over Manny Rojas where Verdejo form of labored by means of 10 uninspiring rounds. Dedication and desire have long been the queries about Verdejo, but tonight he confirmed a authentic killer intuition.
“In phrases of the technological and tactical perform, we did get the job done explicitly on certain items in camp, but far more importantly, I was just listening to him,” Verdejo explained to Bernardo Osuna write-up-combat. “He told me, ‘Stay steady, stay calm, get out there and do what you know how to do. Hold that jab out there, use that front hand to set up the abide by-ups.’ I did that, and arrived out with the acquire.”
Verdejo pressured that even though he bought a speedy get, he didn’t do it with reckless abandon.
“I took my time. I arrived out below settled, I preferred to measure what he experienced, how really hard he hit,” he said. “Once I figured that out, I just did it, I enable my arms go — but normally beneath control, and the knockout arrived.”
Verdejo was the moment noticed as a top rated prospect in the activity and was a prized signing for Prime Rank out of the 2012 Olympics, but an upset reduction to Antonio Lozada in 2018 was adopted by a string of performances that attained combined evaluations at greatest, even even though he was acquiring wins.
After this performance, there will be the speculation that Verdejo is “back” to what absolutely everyone believed he may be, and he’s indicating just that himself.
“Stay completely ready, because Felix Verdejo is again, and I’m ready to combat against the finest. That is my message to all of them: be all set.”
And as for the 2012 Olympics, where he dropped to the amateur legend Vasiliy Lomachenko but showed a ton of promise in defeat, Verdejo would however like some revenge.
“The top male at 135 lbs is Vasiliy Lomachenko. He’s the ideal in the division, but far more importantly, we have unfinished enterprise, and I want to get the rematch from what occurred in the Olympics.”
If Verdejo truly has begun to place it back again alongside one another, he’s absolutely a person to maintain an eye on at 135 kilos, which correct now is a very exciting weight class with the 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 high quality fighters. Verdejo isn’t outdated and he’s not previous the position where he may well continue to be ready to capitalize on his capacity and pan out as the top fighter he was supposed to be. He could be pretty intriguing heading forward, and that feels very good to say.
Martino Jules MD-8 Aleem Jumakhonov
This got bumped into the co-function job. Jules is a 23-calendar year-previous southpaw featherweight from Allentown, Penn., and he showed a little bit of talent here, but also some trepidation as this battle wore on, with Jumakhonov not going away, offering Jules a bloody nose, and bringing some force that Jules had some difficulty with.
BLH scored this 76-76, which is also what a person of the judges had, but that was overruled by two playing cards of 78-74 in Jules’ favor, preserving him unbeaten at 10- (2 KO). He’s certainly not an A-quality prospect or everything, but in the first few rounds you could undoubtedly see some skill in the youthful fighter, stuff that can ideally be polished and fantastic-tuned and maybe give him a crack to increase up the ladder. But a lack of punching ability could be a huge variable for him, as well.
As for Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KO), this is a 27-year-previous fighter, originally from Tajikistan and now primarily based in California, who has the type of instrument set to be a potential admirer beloved on B-reveals like Golden Boy’s Thursday night collection, a dude who could test and it’s possible even expose some prospective customers for a couple of several years.
Jared Anderson TKO-1 Hector Perez
This struggle bought postponed but took place tonight, 2nd battle in The Bubble for equally. Anderson, of training course, is a legit heavyweight prospect, a 20-calendar year-previous blue chipper out of Toledo, and he smashed Puerto Rico’s Perez handily below, dropping and halting him in 1:45. Perez went down and confirmed no intention of getting up, definitely, so referee Russell Mora known as it off just after an 8 count, generating it a TKO.
Anderson (5-, 5 KO) went into the third round past time out on June 9, but was again to 1st round demolition right here. Everyone is absolutely conscious that he’s a Lengthy way off being a contender, as Perez (7-3, 3 KO) is what the French phone “pas très bien,” but there is at minimum a tiny bit of speculation as to what kind of steps up he may well make more than the future 12 months or so.
“Anybody who’s very good, any individual,” Anderson said when questioned of attainable opponents he may well fight as he develops. “I want Olympians, I want former entire world champions, challengers, all of it. Any individual who I can get, seriously.”
The heavyweight division unquestionably doesn’t absence for washouts still chugging together and combating, so he’ll uncover a lot of prepared opponents as he goes together.
Kenny Davis Jr MD-4 Eduardo Sanchez
Generally speaking these are two fellas who, combating a person one more, would never, ever get on key countrywide Tv set, but they did, and bless them, they set on a damn pleasurable four-round scrap.
Soon after a pretty even to start with round, Sanchez came out guns blazing in the next, landing 43 of 130 punches in the spherical. That get the job done price seemed to be frustrating Davis all over again in the third, till Davis scored with a difficult system shot that set Sanchez on the canvas late in the round.
But Davis also hit Sanchez while he was down, which gained a warning to commence the fourth and closing round, and then Davis missing a place for dropping his mouthpiece a second time, which produced the scores goofy at 37-37, 38-36, and 38-36, the latter two going Davis’ way and offering him his 3rd straight victory. BLH also experienced 38-36 Davis for what it’s really worth.
The 24-12 months-previous lightweight Davis is now 3-2-1 ( KO), though the 28-yr-previous Sanchez falls to 2-3 ( KO). And for real, hats off to these two fellas. They obtained maybe the only shot they’re ever finding on an ESPN card, and they set on a excellent fight.