- Felix Verdejo TKO-1 Will Madera (2:59)
- Martino Jules MD-8 Aleem Jumakhonov (76-76, 78-74, 78-74)
- Jared Anderson TKO-1 Hector Perez (1:45)
- Kenny Davis Jr MD-4 Eduardo Sanchez (37-37, 38-36, 38-36)
Round By Round
Felix Verdejo vs Will Madera
Round 1: Verdejo starts with a jab that makes partial contact, then misses on the second. Madera comes back with a jab to the body. Jab splits the guard for Verdejo. Check hook makes contact for Verdejo. Madera presses forward and gets clipped by a counter right hand. Jab lands clean for Verdejo. Left hook to the body falls a little short for Madera. Verdejo lands a sharp jab to the body. Jab from Verdejo staggers Madera back a half-step. Check hook makes contact again for Verdejo. One-two from Verdejo doesn’t land clean. Right uppercut lands clean for Verdejo who then steps forward to strafe Madera with several hard shots before MADERA GOES DOWN HARD! Madera can’t get up! It’s over. Verdejo TKO-1!
Tonight’s Top Rank Boxing on ESPN event is another one hit by a cancellation, this time as a result of intended main event B-side Mark John Yap not even coming close to a 128-pound contract weight to face Miguel Marriaga. But once again, the show goes on.
Wil Esco will be here for live round-by-round updates during the NEW! main event fight.
Lightweight Felix Verdejo, who has been something of a career disappointment although he’s become a decent fighter in all reality, is now in the main event against unbeaten Will Madera. The 27-year-old Verdejo has somewhat found himself in the Top Rank doghouse, it would seem — I mean, they tried to put Marriaga-Yap as a main event over Verdejo here — but he gets a main event shot anyway.
The 29-year-old Madera has been largely untested but did beat Thomas Mattice in a ShoBox bout in 2019, so not totally unknown to diehard diehards.
The rest of the card has some stuff, notably heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson, who continues to call himself “The Real Big Baby,” when really he could probably drop “The Real” since the other “Big Baby” doesn’t fight anymore. The 20-year-old Anderson is a legit high-level heavyweight prospect and worth checking in to see.
Main Card (ESPN, 8:00 pm ET)
- Felix Verdejo (26-1, 16 KO) vs Will Madera (15-0-3, 8 KO), lightweights, 10 rounds
- Martino Jules (9-0, 2 KO) vs Aleem Jumakhonov (8-2-2, 4 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
- Jared Anderson (4-0, 4 KO) vs Hector Perez (7-2, 3 KO), heavyweights, 4 rounds
- Kenny Davis Jr (2-2-1, 0 KO) vs Eduardo Sanchez (2-2, 0 KO), lightweights, 4 rounds