This Saturday night, on June 13, World Championship Boxing will take place at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden. The event will feature a two-fight card with Featherweight World Champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) taking on the undefeated and very dangerous power puncher from Columbia, Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), as the event’s headliner. There is also a very interesting co-feature, and the big reason why this event is taking place in New York, when rising Puerto Rican boxing star Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) takes on undefeated challenger Ivan Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) in a 10-round matchup of undefeated prospects.
On TicketIQ, World Championship boxing tickets at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden for this Saturday’s event have an average price of $127.41 on the secondary market, with the cheapest seat priced at $46. Tickets for Saturday’s boxing event have seen a 23% increase compared to the venue’s last boxing event, which was Jay Z’s introduction to the sport with his very first boxing card called Throne Boxing. That event was held on January 9 as tickets went for an average price of just $103.21.
The last World Championship Boxing card the venue hosted was last January in a bout featuring Super Featherweight World Champion Mikey Garcia vs Juan Carlos Burgos with tickets on average only $51.58 on the secondary market, 59% below this Saturday’s Boxing Championship card.
Saturday’s intriguing main event featuring two undefeated knockout artist fighters is one of the reasons tickets have a higher average price, but the high interest can also be because of the popularity of Verdejo. The Puerto Rican sensation is being groomed by his promoter Top Rank as the future of Puerto Rican boxing and a future boxing staple at MSG once Miguel Cotto calls it a career.
Since losing in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics, Felix Verdejo has slowly but surely been building his name with highlight reel knockouts and fighting on undercards in New York against top fighters. He finally gets his coming out party this Saturday with his first co-feature headlining bout to a wide audience and his toughest test to date in Najera. All Verdejo has to do is win in impressive fashion and big things will be in store for him.
As for the Main Event, Nicholas Walters will look to make the fourth defense of his title against Miguel Marriaga, who owns two wins in the amateurs over Walters. Walters will look to avenge those amateur defeats and maintain his ranking as the No. 1 featherweight in the world. This Saturday features a can’t miss boxing card for fans that will give them exciting competitive fights that the fans demand.