Albany, N.Y. native Will Madera (16-1, with 3 draws), who suffered his only career loss in July 2020 — a first-round TKO at the hand of former Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo — is looking to launch himself into the lightweight title sweepstakes Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y. against highly-regarded southpaw Jamshidbek Najmitdinov.
The event at Barclays Center is headlined by a battle for the vacant World Boxing Association Continental Americas super lightweight championship between Petros Ananyan (15-2-2) and Daniel Gonzalez (20-2-1). The co-feature of the five-bout show matches Cletus Seldin (25-1) against William Silva (28-3) for the NABA super lightweight belt.
For Madera, Saturday’s bout represents his most-formidable test since his fight with Verdejo. The 30-year-old Najmitdinov, a native of Uzbekistan, arrives with a 17-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. He also is riding a seven-fight winning streak that spans nearly four years, the only blemish being a 2017 unanimous-decision loss to former WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol.
Likewise, Najmitdinov could be facing his most-dangerous opponent since that loss to Postol in Kiev. The leathery-tough Madera rebounded from the Verdejo disappointment by scoring his ninth career knockout in April over Iram Julian Rodriguez in Monterrey, Mexico. The Madera vs. Najmitdinov bout is presented by Triller Fight Club and Dibella Entertainment, in association with Denis Benoit’s Liveco Boxing Inc. Fans can watch live at 6pm ET via TrillerFightClub.com and FITE TV.