Felix Verdejo returns Saturday night when he meets Juan Jose Martinez at lightweight. Generally considered one of the top prospects in the division, Verdejo has been held back somewhat by a series of hand injuries, which required surgery last year. Though Martinez has only lost twice, distinguishing him from Verdejo’s last opponent, Saturday should be most interesting for seeing whether the Puerto Rican’s vaunted punching power can put much of a dent on his Mexican opponent. Top Rank, as history proves, has great experience in building Puerto Rican stars at Madison Square Garden. Expect Verdejo to take another small step toward becoming the next one on Saturday night.
Madison Square Garden on HBO Boxing After Dark at 10 PM ET/PT.
By Oliver Goldstein