Top Rank has finalized the April 20 ESPN pay-per-view undercard beneath the Terence Crawford vs Amir Khan main event at Madison Square Garden.
Amir Khan (33-4, 20 KOs ) enters this fight coming off a couple of tune-up bouts last year following a two-year hiatus after he was knocked out by Canelo Alvarez in 2016. Terence Crawford (34-0, 25 KOs) has won two fights at welterweight since becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion in mid-2017
As previously discussed, lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez will face former European champion Edis Tatli, and featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson will face former world title challenger Christopher Diaz. Both are respectable next steps for the two budding young stars.
The opener on the pay-per-view will feature Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo (24-1, 16 KO), a guy who was once thought to be a potential future superstar himself, but through various setbacks and some questions about his drive, has sort of fallen by the wayside at age 25.
Verdejo was dropped and stopped by Antonio Lozada Jr in a fight on St. Patrick’s Day 2018, and had somewhat labored through some prior performances, albeit in winning efforts. He turned in November with a second round knockout of journeyman Yardley Armenta Cruz.
On April 20, he’ll face a tougher test again in 31-year-old veteran Bryan Vasquez (37-3, 20 KO). Vasquez is a former interim titleholder at 130 and challenged Takashi Uchiyama in 2012, losing via eighth round TKO. His other losses have come via decision to Javier Fortuna and Ray Beltran.
Vasquez is no world-beater, but he’s a quality fighter and good enough to seriously challenge or even beat the Verdejo we’ve seen on various nights.
Crawford vs Khan live stream takes place on Saturday April 20 at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.
Full details for the card are still to be announced but it will be an early start for UK fight fans with ringwalks expected no earlier than 3am.