Top Rank ended boxing’s three-month hiatus on Tuesday with a behind closed doors card at the MGM Grand Garden and Jessie Magdaleno headlines their second bill on Thursday.
In similar fashion to Tuesday’s card, this one has a stack of Top Rank fighters set to face opponents that shouldn’t pose any serious threat in Las Vegas.
Magdaleno Tops the Bill
The highlight comes in the shape of the headline act when Magdaleno, who is the heavy
1/12 favourite, takes on Yenifel Vicente in a junior lightweight clash.
Magdaleno moved up to the 126-pound division in March 2019 after losing his WBO junior featherweight title to Isaac Dogboe.
The 28-year-old was quick to find his footing in the junior lightweight division and has recorded back-to-back victories over Rico Ramos and Rafael Rivera.
He isn’t expected to run into too many issues when squaring off against Dominican-born Vicente, who can be backed at
Vicente has been round the block several times and boasts a 36-4-2 record, earning 28 victories via knockout, but Thursday’s bout represents a major step up in opposition and is regarded as merely a chance for Magdaleno to blow off the cobwebs as he looks to put himself in the mix for a title shot in the near future.
Flyweights Do Battle
Meanwhile, Adam ‘Bluenose’ Lopez, a
1/12 favourite, faces
21/4 shot Luis Coria for the vacant NABF featherweight title.
Lopez is hoping to bounce back from his second career defeat after suffering a seventh-round knockout loss to Oscar Valdez in Sin City last November.
The 24-year-old looked to have the fight won in round two, sending Valdez down to the canvas, but he was unable to get the job done and was taught a harsh lesson.
Despite that loss, Lopez (
4/7 – KO, TKO or Disqualification) has been handed the chance to fight for a title and the American, who has won 40 per cent of his bouts via knockout, says he has been “working hard” to ensure this one doesn’t see the final bell.
Hardzeika to Maintain Unbeaten Record
Finally, Maksim Hardzeika puts his undefeated record on the line against Sebastian Skrzypczynski in the middleweight division.
Belarusian Hardzeika (
1/25) will have been dreaming of making his debut on US soil since turning professional in 2009 but he wouldn’t have pictured his maiden outing to come in an empty arena.
He will have to put the novelty of fighting behind closed doors to one side when going toe-to-toe with
29/4 underdog Skrzypczynski.
The Pole is a journeyman of the sport with a 12-18-2 record and appears to have been drafted in almost to make up the numbers.
Skrzypczynski has lost his last four trips to the ring but has shown a strong chin, avoiding a KO or TKO defeat on each of those occasions, and Hardzeika may struggle to get him out inside the regulation four rounds.