Former lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (26-1, 16 KOs) will try to take another step forward into title contention when he faces Will Madera (15-0-3, 8 KOs) in a 10-round fight in the main event of Thursday’s Top Rank boxing card at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas (ESPN, ESPN Deportes, 8 p.m. ET).
Verdejo was on his way to stardom when he suffered a motorcycle accident in his native Puerto Rico in 2016. Though he recovered quickly, Verdejo has only fought five times since the accident.
Madera is coming off a second-round knockout victory of Edgar Ramirez in January.
In the co-main event, junior middleweight Aleem Jumakhonov (8-2-2, 4 KOs) takes on Martino Jules (9-0, 2 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight battle.
Heavyweight sensation Jared Anderson (4-0, 4 KOs) returns to fight at “the bubble” for the second time in five weeks, in a four-round bout against Hector Perez (7-2, 3 KOs). On June 9, Anderson scored a third-round TKO victory over Johnnie Langston. “Big Baby” Anderson was supposed to face Perez on July 9, but Perez tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone and the fight was postponed.
To kick off the broadcast, Kenny Davis Jr. (2-2-1, 0 KOs) takes on Eduardo Sanchez (2-2, 0 KOs) in a four-round featherweight bout.
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Jared Anderson def. Hector Perez by first-round TKO
— Fight recap coming up …
Kenny Davis Jr. won a hard-fought four round majority decision over Eduardo Sanchez in a fast-paced lightweight battle. When it was all said and done, Davis came out on top by the scores of 38-36 (twice) and 37-37.
Sanchez (2-3) looked to be taking a bit of control in this fight in the second round and much of the third, until he was struck by a left hook to the body that sent him to one knee. Davis was fortunate not to be penalized for hitting Sanchez while he was down on one knee. Aftre the knockdown, Davis (3-2-1) got energized and began to pick up the pace.
Davis and Sanchez battled hard for the rest of the fight and there were times when Sanchez was the more active fighter. But down the stretch it was Davis’ punches that had more impact. In the fourth round, Davis was penalized by referee Robert Hoyle for losing his mouthpiece for the second time. But ultimately, it didn’t cost him.
Felix Verdejo vs. Will Madera, 10 rounds, lightweights
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