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  Verdejo Vanquishes Madera

By William Trillo
Photos: Mikey Williams - Top Rank


When the scheduled main event fell apart because of weight issues Lightweight Felix Verdejo (27-1, 17 KO’s) moved into the spotlight against Will Madera (15-1-3, KO’s). Simply put, Verdejo made the most of the moment. Looking as sharp as he has since his motor cycle accident, Feix appears to be focused and ready to make a move in the hot 135 pound division.

It was a crushing performance; the outgunned Madera never stood a chance. Verdejo looked like the guy we thought he should be, hard pumping jabs, great uppercuts, fleet of foot and more. On a night like this, in the current climate and conditions, Verdejo did what he was supposed to do.

After an eye catching beat down Verdejo dropped and stopped the hapless Madera who labored under the ropes and could not get back up to his feet. The fight was brought to a grinding halt at the 1:59 mark of round one.

"I am proud of the work I put in with my trainer, Ismael Salas. The hard work is paying off," Verdejo said. "Madera is a good fighter, but when I had him hurt, I knew I could finish him. As for what's next, Vasiliy Lomachenko is the top guy at lightweight. We have unfinished business from when he beat me in the Olympics. That's the fight I ultimately want."

Heavyweight Jared Anderson (5-0, 5 KO’s) made quick work of Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KO’s) stopping him in the first round. Anderson showed impressive skill in this short fight. Switching from Orthodox to Southpaw, working behind a good jab along with great footwork it appears all the hype about Anderson is warranted. A strong right hand to the head from Anderson dropped Perez to his knees, he was not going to get up. Officially this was a KO at the 1:45 mark of round one.

“That was too quick! I got him out of there and implemented what I’ve been working on in the gym. After I hit him with the right hand, I knew it was over. He couldn’t take my power. I want to return as soon as possible. I leave that in the hands of my promoter, but when they give me a date, I’ll be ready. It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. Any of these guys who have fought in the ‘Bubble,’ I’ll fight them.”

The contrasting styles of Featherweights Martino Jules (9-0, 2 KO’s) & Aleem Jumakhonov (8-2-2, 4 KO’s) made for a very interesting battle. In the early portion of the fight Jules used a good jab and movement to control the fight and put some rounds in the bank. But Jumakhonov is a determined fighter and he kept coming forward pressing the attack and suddenly this was a close. Making a slight adjustment Jules was able to gain some control in the final rounds. In the end judges scored the fight 76-76 and 78-74 twice giving Jules the majority decision nod.

In a fun 4 rounder to open the show Lightweight Kenny Davis Jr (3-2-1) and Eduardo Sanchez (2-3) played dueling counter punchers in a back and forth scrap. Sanchez looked to be getting the upper hand in round three but a hook to the liver from Davis dropped him and the momentum swayed. The fourth round was close until Davis spit out his mouthpiece and was deducted a point. The judges had it close with one score of 37-37 and two scores of 38-36 giving Davis a rather thin victory.


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