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Jose Pedraza, Felix Verdejo join Imam-Ramirez undercard

Neither has competed in over a year

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

A Puerto Rican showdown between Felix Verdejo and former super featherweight champion Jose Pedraza appears to be on Top Rank’s to-do list. Pedraza, who joined the promotion last week, is set to return to action on March 17th, joining Verdejo on the undercard of Amir Imam vs. Jose Ramirez.

Pedraza (22-1, 12 KO) will be facing Mexico’s Jose Luis Rodriguez (23-11, 13 KO), a former victim of Verdejo with recent losses to Mario Barrios and Sharif Bogere. It will be Pedraza’s first fight in 14 months.

Verdejo (23-0, 15 KO), kaing his first appearance since February of 2017, takes on Antonio Lozado Jr. (38-2, 32 KO), who has a pretty record and little else.

Verdejo-Pedraza is certainly a quality fight, especially since Verdejo’s injury-induced inactivity cost him his mandatory challenger spot. Knowing his luck, though, I’m guessing Verdejo breaks his hand against Pedraza and we go through this whole thing again next year.

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