A few notes from around the boxing world:
Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo (20-0, 14 KOs), the 2014 ESPN.com prospect of the year, is in need of a new opponent for his April 16 UniMas-televised main event in San Juan after the withdrawal of Mexico’s Daniel Evangelista (18-6-2, 14 KOs) on Thursday. According to Top Rank, Evangelista withdrew because of tendinitis. Whomever Verdejo faces, if he wins he is headed to an appearance on HBO at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on June 11, the eve of the annual Puerto Rican Day parade in New York.
Los Angeles-based light heavyweight contender Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (15-0, 12 KOs) will stay busy against Chicago’s Derrick Findley (23-18-1, 15 KOs), 31, in an eight-round bout on Golden Boy’s “LA Fight Club” card on April 15 (Estrella TV, 10 p.m. ET) at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Shabranskyy, 28, of Ukraine, is coming off a career-best 10-round decision victory against Yunieski Gonzalez on Dec. 19. In the previously announced main event expected to produce wild action, Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-3, 18 KO), 33, of Mexico, will face Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-1, 23 KO), 33, in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
Junior bantamweight titlist Kohei Kono (31-8-1, 13 KOs), of Japan, will make his third defense against Thailand’s Inthanon Sithchamuang (28-7-1, 17 KOs), and junior flyweight titlist Ryohei Taguchi (23-2-1, 10 KOs), of Japan, will make his third defense against Juan Landaeta (27-8-1, 21 KOs), of Venezuela, on April 27 in Tokyo. Kono and Taguchi had been set for the card, but their opponents were announced on Friday. Junior lightweight titlist Takashi Uchiyama (24-0-1, 20 KOs), of Japan, will make his 12th defense against interim titleholder Jezreel Corrales (19-1, 7 KOs), of Panama, in the previously announced main event.