WATCH: Felix Verdejo Shuts the Lights on Will Madera in Highlight Reel KO Finish

Published 07/17/2020, 6:52 AM EDT


Puerto Rican boxer Felix Verdejo earned a spectacular KO finish over Will Madera at The MGM Grand Conference Center. The demolition came in the very first round of their scheduled bout and has left an impact on the boxing community. Madera came into the bout as a betting line dog despite having a relatively respectable KO rate of 42.11%

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The 2012 Olympian representative was fired up after his sensational performance and had choice words. Verdejo called out Vasiliy Lomachenko, who is the unified divisional champion. Not to mention, the two star boxers met at the aforementioned Olympic games where ‘Loma’ was crowned as the victor.

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Felix Verdejo: How things line up

The bout against Will Madera was deemed over before it even started in the eyes of many fans via Top Rank Boxing. A tight bolo uppercut in shooting range landed on the American, swiftly backing him into the corner. A barrage of crisp strikes followed, which were quick to spell the end of the contest.

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The official end came a second shy of the three-minute mark, as Madera failed to answer the count. Surprisingly, the significant jab distribution was all but equal before the start of the final sequence. The statement victory helped ‘El Diamante’ put the entire 135-pound division on notice.

Additionally, the callout of Lomachenko further bolstered his impressive performance. Combat sports fans are clamoring for the bout for the potential fireworks it promises. Given the two boxers’ stylistic synergy, it is easy to deduce why fight fans can’t get enough.

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Although the call out added an element of sensationalism, given the current landscape, it is unrealistic. Vasiliy Lomachenko has proven to be in a league of his own with a dominance that defies the odds. Moreover, the puzzle that is his movement and footwork has remained an enigma within the sport.

His patented switch stance ability has foxed every combatant who has stared across from him in the ring. ‘The Matrix’ has expressed a desire to return to active competition following his victory over Luke Campbell in August 2019. Fight fans world over sit with due anticipation to watch the division truly develop.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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