Yes! it may sound overly ambitious at this stage for any boxer to publicly call out Vasiliy Lomachenko into a fight, but Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo did exactly that on Thursday, July 16 after stopping Will Madera in 2:59 seconds in the opening round of their scheduled 10-round lightweight bout at the MGM Grand “Bubble.”

The Puerto Rican, Félix Verdejo Sánchez [27-1, 17 KOs] pinned Madera [15-1-3, 8 KOs] to the ropes and unleashed a barrage of power shots into his body.

Will Madera slumped to the canvas, and referee Robert Hoyle had no option than to call off the bout at 2:59 of the first round.

Félix Verdejo who represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympics in London said he’s prepared for the man who beat him in the lightweight division in the 2012 summer Games.

“I am proud of the work I put in with my trainer, Ismael Salas. The hard work is paying off,” Verdejo said. “Madera is a good fighter, but when I had him hurt, I knew I could finish him.

“As for what’s next, Vasiliy Lomachenko is the top guy at lightweight. We have unfinished business from when he beat me in the Olympics. That’s the fight I ultimately want.”

Other Bouts on the night

— Heavyweight prodigy Jared “The Real Big Baby” Anderson (5-0, 5 KOs) made quick work of Hector Perez (7-3, 3 KOs), knocking him out with an overhand right at 1:45 of the opening round. Anderson, from Toledo, Ohio, has four first-round stoppages on his ledger.

“That was too quick! I got him out of there and implemented what I’ve been working on in the gym. I want to return as soon as possible. I leave that in the hands of my promoter, but when they give me a date, I’ll be ready,” Anderson said. “It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. Any of these guys who have fought in the ‘Bubble,’ I’ll fight them.”

— Martino Jules (10-0, 2 KOs) left Las Vegas with his unbeaten record, as the featherweight prospect topped Aleem Jumakhonov (8-3-2, 4 KOs) by majority decision (76-76, 78-74 2x).

— In the four-round lightweight opener, Kenny Davis Jr. (3-2-1) edged Eduardo Sanchez (2-3) by majority decision (37-37, 38-36 2x). Sanchez was knocked down with a body shot in the third round, while Davis had a point deducted in the fourth for spitting out his mouthpiece.