A few notes from the Top Rank stable:
• Lightweight super prospect Felix Verdejo, a 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian, and one of boxing's fastest-rising prospects, figures to get his stiffest test as a professional on Aug. 16 when he headlines a UniMas-televised card in Caguas, Puerto Rico against experienced Oscar Bravo of Chile.
Verdejo (13-0, 10 KOs) has been blitzing his opponents, knocking out three of his last four in the first round and the other in the third round. So Top Rank matchmaker Brad "Abdul" Goodman went with Bravo (21-5, 9 KOs) as his next opponent because although he lost to such notable opponents as Diego Magdaleno and Will Tomlinson, Bravo went the eight-round and 12-round distance with them. Bravo has never been stopped in his five defeats.
"We need the rounds [for Verdejo]," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. "Oscar Bravo should provide eight highly competitive rounds."
• Moretti said Top Rank has signed 21-year-old junior welterweight prospect Mike Reed (10-0, 6 KOs) of Washington, D.C. Reed turned pro in early 2013 and caught Top Rank's eye when he won a shutout six-round decision against Alberto Morales on its June 14 card in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
"He has a solid amateur background and his hand speed travels faster than bad news," Moretti said. "He's only 21 and has a terrific following from the D.C. area. We look forward to building him and eventually having him featured in TV fights in Washington, D.C., which is a great fight town."
• Former unified lightweight titlist Juan Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) returns to action to headline a "Solo Boxeo" card on Sept. 6 (UniMas) in Laredo, Texas. He'll go in a 10-rounder against an opponent to be determined. The fight will be Diaz's fifth since he ended a three-year retirement in April 2013.
• Assuming all goes well for 21-year-old junior welterweight prospect Jose Ramirez (10-0, 8 KOs) in his eight-rounder against Alfred Romero on the Aug. 2 Brandon Rios-Diego Chavez undercard in Las Vegas, he will be back to headline a "Solo Boxeo" card on Oct. 25 (UniMas) in his home region of Fresno, California. Ramirez, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, will face an opponent to be named in the eight-round main event.