Before pound-for-pound king Terence “Bud” Crawford enters the ring to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Amir “King” Khan, a pair of 21-year-old wunderkinds — Teofimo Lopez along with Shakur Stevenson — will probably look to steal the series into their various co-feature bouts on ESPN PPV Saturday, April 20 in Madison Square Garden.
Stevenson, the 20-16 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, will tangle with former 130-pound world title challenger Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz at a 10-round featherweight bout. Lopez, the consensus 2018 Prospect of the Year and top contender that is lightweight, will face lightweight champion and former world title challenger Edis Tatli at a 10-rounder.
And, at a distinctive attraction that may start the broadcast, Puerto Rican celebrity Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo will fight former two-time interim super featherweight world champion Bryan Vasquez at a 10-round lightweight bout that may throw the winner in to the world title picture.
Tickets costing $606, $406, $306, $206, $106, $81, and $56 (including center prices ) are available and will be bought in the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and on line at www.ticketmaster.com and www.msg.com.
Details about how fans are going to have the ability to get into the jelqing broadcast, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, will be announced later on.
“One thing I know for sure: Tatli will be dancing with the celebrity of The Takeover on April 20. This really is a fight that is true. ”
“This really is a great match up, and I will ’t even wait to get the business finished,” Tatli explained. “Lopez can be a proficient fighter, and he is responsible for a genuine treat on April 20. My goal has been clear to get a domain — and Lopez is not going to prevent me from hitting it. ”
Stevenson (10-0, 6 KOs) followed up a 5-0 effort in 2018 using a breathtaking fourth-round TKO over Jessie Cris Rosales on Jan. 18 at Verona, N.Y.. A native of Newark, N.J. — a brief train ride out of Madison Square Garden — Stevenson hopes to go closer to a world title opportunity before his home fans. Diaz (24-1, 16 KOs), by Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, proceeded right down to featherweight after his July 2018 decision loss to Masayuki Ito for the vacant WBO junior lightweight world title. He knocked out David Berna at the first round on Nov. 24 to set up the Stevenson Show down.
Verdejo (24-1, 16 KOs), a former amateur performer because of his native Puerto Rico, hopes to graduate into rival status with a victory over Vasquez. Verdejo was victorious in his comeback bout on Nov. 10 at Puerto Rico, knocking outside Yardley Armenta Cruz at the second round.
“so as for me to reduce to Verdejo, he’will need to kill mepersonally, ” Vasquez explained. “so as for him to kill me, he’s going to need to be willing to die with me personally. And he’s shown that he’therefore are perhaps not inclined to perish inside there. ”
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