Felix Verdejo demolishes Will Madera, calls out Vasiliy Lomachenko

Light-weight contender Felix Verdejo delivered a message to the 135-pound division by stopping Will Madera within the first spherical of Thursday’s Prime Rank on ESPN primary occasion on the MGM Grand Convention Middle. It was an explosive efficiency that reminded all people in boxing of why Verdejo was such a extremely touted prospect after the 2012 Olympics.

Verdejo (27-1, 17 KOs) first harm Madera (15-1-3, Eight KOs) with a proper uppercut, then as Madera wobbled into the nook, one other uppercut harm him once more. A tough proper hand after which a left uppercut despatched Madera crashing to the canvas close to the impartial nook.

There was no want for referee Robert Hoyle to manage the necessary eight depend. This battle was referred to as off at 2 minutes, 59 seconds of the primary spherical.

“I took my time, I actually got here out right here settled,” Verdejo stated of his method to this battle. “I wished to measure what he got here out with, and the way onerous he hit. As soon as I figured that out, I did it. I simply let my arms go — however all the time underneath management, and that knockout got here.”

Up to now, Verdejo has been tentative in punching off his entrance foot and taking management contained in the ring. On Thursday, he confirmed a mix of composure and urgency. As quickly as he noticed Madera harm, he did not hesitate to ramp up his assault and get Madera out of there in fast, eye-opening vogue.

“Keep prepared as a result of Felix Verdejo is again,” stated Verdejo, who was intent on sending a message to the remainder of the light-weight division. “I am able to battle towards one of the best.”

Verdejo, 27, referred to as out unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko, who defeated him within the 2012 Olympics. “We’ve got unfinished enterprise,” Verdejo stated.

Whereas it is a bit unrealistic to even take into consideration such a matchup at this level, the victory towards Madera was a constructive step ahead for Verdejo underneath the path of Ismael Salas, who started working with Verdejo at the start of 2020.

“When it comes to the technical and tactical work we did, we labored explicitly on sure issues in camp. However extra importantly, I used to be simply listening to [Salas],” Verdejo stated. “He informed me, ‘Look, keep prepared, keep calm, go on the market and do what you understand how to do.'”

Takeaways: Make no mistake. With a surprising first-round knockout of Madera, Verdejo made his largest assertion since his lone loss, in March 2018. And now it is time to see how the once-hyped prospect stacks up towards a few of the high names within the light-weight division.

Madera (15-1-3, Eight KOs) was arguably the hardest opponent Verdejo (27-1, 17 KOs) has confronted for the reason that loss two years in the past. However Madera made a vital mistake towards the top of the night time that led to the early stoppage. With about 20 seconds left within the first spherical, Madera left his left jab out a bit of too lengthy. Verdejo countered with a thundering left uppercut that despatched Madera first stumbling backward and ultimately into the nook, the place Verdejo delivered the mixture that ended the battle.

Thursday’s victory was Verdejo was his first stoppage since his first battle after shedding to Antonio Lozada Torres. The 27-year-old Puerto Rico native felt so good after dispatching Madera that he referred to as out Vasiliy Lomachenko, ESPN’s high pound-for-pound fighter and No. 1 light-weight.

At this level, that is a big request. Verdejo nonetheless hasn’t been a real contender and desires to check himself towards most of the notable names at 135 kilos earlier than difficult for a title. A bout towards fellow Puerto Rican Alberto Machado (22-2, 18 KOs) might be actually fascinating if each males are up for it. — Ben Child


Lets make this clear — Verdejo is meant to be beat a man like Will Madera. However not many anticipated him to take action within the fast vogue that he did. How you win on this sport is usually each bit as essential as the top end result.

Since round 2015, at the same time as Verdejo was undefeated and notching one victory after one other, there was one thing lacking. It was onerous to pinpoint, however his bouts grew to become lengthy and monotonous affairs that have been usually occasions devoid of something noteworthy.

In victory, he wasn’t precisely conjuring up recollections of Felix Trinidad or Miguel Cotto.

It was clear that his progress had hit a wall. As soon as a blue-chip worth as he got here out of the 2012 Olympics, Verdejo grew to become a penny inventory after he was stopped by Antonio Lozada Torres in March 2018. However underneath the steering of Ismael Salas, you see what many others hoped Verdejo might be at the beginning. By shifting out west to Las Vegas, Verdejo has an actual construction and self-discipline that merely wasn’t there when he was coaching in Puerto Rico.

With Salas, he has a revered coach with an extended observe document of rebuilding fighters, together with Jorge Linares, Yordenis Ugas and up to date addition Robeisy Ramirez. Actual skilled sparring will sharpen a great fighter’s instruments. You would argue that Verdejo ought to have made this transfer a couple of years prior, however higher late than by no means. If Thursday night time confirmed something, it is that Verdejo, who remains to be simply 27 years outdated, remains to be value maintaining a tally of. — Steve Kim


Jules takes a majority resolution win

Martino Jules remained undefeated as he scored a majority resolution victory over the scrappy Aleem Jumakhonov in a tough fought eight-round featherweight contest. It was a battle of types between the southpaw boxing of Jules and the regular stress of Jumakhonov.

Each males have their moments, however on the finish, it was Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) main on the scorecards 76-76, 78-74 and 78-74.

Jules started the battle shifting and boxing effectively, utilizing his footwork and benefit in pace from the skin to maintain Jumakhonov (8-3-2, Four KOs) away. However when the bout was contested on the within, Jumakhonov obtained the benefit. By the third spherical, Jumakhonov had Jules bleeding from the nostril.

Most of the rounds have been shut, however whereas he wavered a bit in the midst of the battle, Jules was in a position to collect himself and did simply sufficient to win, preventing at a distance, whereas tying up Jumakhonov whereas in shut vary. Jumakhonov landed some heavy overhand fights that visibly affected Jules, however may by no means string collectively a set of punches that swung momentum in his path.

Jules outworked and outlanded Jumakhonov, touchdown 217 of 565 whole punches. Jumakhonov landed 91 of 406.

Takeaway: Thursday’s battle was among the finest sort of victories {that a} younger prospect like Martino Jules can earn. The undefeated featherweight picked up the bulk resolution over Aleem Jumakhonov to stay spotless as knowledgeable, in a bout that confirmed Jules has loads of issues to work on if he desires to be severe contender later in his profession.

Whereas Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) boxed effectively on the skin, he gave up his distance benefit too usually and struggled on the within towards Jumakhonov, who discovered success by throwing hooks that related. Fortunately for Jules, Jumakhonov (8-3-2, Four KOs) was unable to set these hooks up with different photographs — he did not land a single jab within the closing 4 rounds — and simply wasn’t correct sufficient to drag out a victory. In keeping with CompuBox, Jules outlanded Jumakhonov 38.4% to 22.4%. It additionally did not assist that Jumakhonov threw practically 160 fewer punches than his opponent.

As he positive aspects expertise as knowledgeable, Jules will achieve a few of the ring savvy he lacked on Thursday night time. He’ll want much more polish at any time when he fights somebody of a better caliber. However at this level in his profession, a win is a win, particularly throughout a pandemic, and any classes discovered at this stage are tremendously helpful. — Child


Anderson scores one other TKO win, stays unbeaten

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Jared Anderson improves his document to 5-0, all by way of KO, with a right-handed finisher vs. Hector Perez.

It was a brief and simple night time for extremely regarded heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson, who scored a first-round knockout of Hector Perez. Anderson, making his second look inside ‘”the bubble,” began shortly and let his arms go liberally early on. A chopping overhand proper finally knocked Perez out, as referee Russell Mora waved off the battle simply 1:45 into the spherical.

Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs) is taken into account to be a blue-chip prospect. At simply 20 years outdated, he has a deep beginner background and loads of time to develop. Perez was coming off a four-fight successful streak and was anticipated to provide Anderson some rounds. On June 16, Perez defeated Juan Torres by resolution in a six-round battle.

Requested what’s in his instant future, Anderson stated, “Anyone who’s good. I would like Olympians, I would like former world champions, challengers, all of it, anyone I can get, actually.”

Takeaway: There is no doubt that Anderson is one of the best pure American heavyweight prospect at this second. In contrast to many different U.S.-based massive males, he is not a man who stumbled into boxing after exhausting his different athletic choices. Anderson truly grew up boxing, and it exhibits.

Anderson made brief work of Perez, which in all honesty he was anticipated to do. However he continues to go the attention check.

At simply 20, you possibly can see the probabilities with Anderson. He has a deep beginner background, strong fundamentals, the requisite dimension at 6-foot-4, 240 kilos, and above-average athleticism. And he is simply scratching the floor. Search for Anderson to proceed to be saved lively, and do not be shocked if he makes a 3rd look inside “the bubble,” in August. — Kim


Davis outpoints Sanchez

Kenny Davis Jr. gained a hard-fought four-round majority resolution over Eduardo Sanchez in a fast-paced light-weight battle. When it was all stated and executed, Davis got here out on high by scores of 38-36, 38-36 and 37-37.

Sanchez (2-3) seemed to be taking management within the second spherical and far of the third, till Davis struck him with a left hook to the physique that despatched Sanchez to 1 knee. Davis was lucky to not be penalized for hitting Sanchez whereas he was down. After the knockdown, Davis (3-2-1) was energized and started to choose up the tempo.

Davis and Sanchez battled onerous for the remainder of the battle, and there have been occasions when Sanchez was the extra lively fighter. However down the stretch, Davis’ punches had extra influence. Within the fourth spherical, Davis was penalized by referee Robert Hoyle for shedding his mouthpiece for the second time within the battle, however finally it did not price him.

Takeaway: It was a very strong opening bout. Each males let the leather-based fly and there was loads of back-and-forth between the 2. Davis obtained his arms raised in victory, nevertheless it wasn’t with out controversy.

Within the third spherical, he turned the tide as he hit Sanchez with a left hook that floored Sanchez and despatched him to 1 knee. It was at that time that Davis blasted him whereas he was down. To the credit score of Sanchez, he did not attempt to win an Academy Award, however as an alternative beat the depend and fought on.

You would simply argue that Hoyle ought to have penalized Davis. He did not, however the query needs to be requested: If Nevada is using immediate replay for knockdowns (which is a superb rule), why not additionally use it in instances like this the place fouls might need occurred? — Kim

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