3 More Rounds

Verdejo stops Martinez in five

Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (21-0, 15 KOs) remained unbeaten after scoring a fifth-round TKO over Juan Jose Martinez (25-3, 17 KOs) in the opening bout on HBO at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Verdejo, who has looked somewhat average in his last two fights, looked more focused and aggressive, after promising to look more impressive.   Verdejo had Martinez in trouble in the fifth round, as he unloaded with a barrage of punches, before referee Michael Ortega called it off at 2:40 of the round.

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