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Walters, Verdejo headline June 13 card at MSG

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend will once again mark the inclusion of another boxing card at Madison Square Garden in New York City, as Top Rank announced this week that Nicholas Walters will defend his featherweight title against Miguel Marriaga in the HBO-televised main event.

“Headlining  at Madison Square Garden is every fighter’s dream but to do it on HBO is a tremendous honor,” said Walters (25-0, 21 KOs).  “I have unfinished business with Miguel Marriaga.  He kept me out of the 2008 Olympics when he beat me in the Americas Olympic Qualifier and I am ready to pay him back.  I am going to chop him with the axe.”

In the co-featured bout, Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) will battle Ivan Najera in a featherweight bout.

“I am very excited  to be fighting in New York once again. The New York area fans have been great and always make me feel like I am home,” said Verdejo.  “I know that the fight against Ivan Najera will not be easy. I will prepare myself to the maximum and sacrifice everything in the gym so that on fight night I will be at my best and bring the belt back to Puerto Rico.  I am very thankful to Top Rank for giving me these types of opportunities.”

Tickets for the card go on sale on May 15 at noon ET and will be priced at $205, $105 and $55.

The doubleheader will air on HBO Boxing After Dark at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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