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
"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.