Sinaloa slugger Miguel Madueno continues to score impressive knockouts. Photo by Carlos Baeza – Thompson Boxing Promotions
Fringe lightweight contender Miguel Madueño could be a win away from challenging for a world title belt. For that, he must manage with a former world title holder.
Madueño will face Jezrrel Corrales on Saturday night, it was announced on Monday. The 10-round bout will take place at Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama, and will precede the main event fight between former world bantamweight title holder Anselmo Moreno and Gustavo Pina of Mexico City.
Saturday night will mark a major breakthrough in opposition to Madueño (25-0, 23 KOs), who hails from Guasave, Mexico and now resides in Orange, Calif.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Madueño has been very active in the ring, having fought five times in 2021.
In his last fight on December 17, Madueño knocked out journeyman Gregorio Soto Molinero in the second round. His most notable victory as a pro came on September 14, stopping former prospect Sonny Fredrickson in the 10th round.
Madueño recently signed a promotional deal with Thompson Boxing Promotions, which is based in Southern California and runs a monthly “Path to Glory” card series. Alex Camponovo, general manager and matchmaker for Thompson Boxing, understands the risk Madueño faces, but is confident the 23-year-old can defeat Corrales decisively.
“Miguel has this raw talent and he likes to take risks in a fight,” Camponovo told The Ring in an interview on Saturday. “He’s got charisma, he’s huge for a lightweight, he’s improving, he’s really developing his strength as a man.
“His fight against Corrales is an eliminator. Miguel can be realistically one or two fights away from challenging for a world title if he is victorious. He’s been in camp for the last five or six weeks in the Otomi (mountains in Mexico). The win over Fredrickson gave him momentum and showed what he is capable of.
Madueño has stopped his last 13 opponents.
Corrales (25-4, 10 KOs), who resides in San Miguelito, defeated Jesus Bravo by unanimous decision in his last fight on Oct. 15. The victory over Bravo came less than five months after Corrales stopped Miguel Angel Martinez in the first round.
Corrales’ two recent wins came after back-to-back losses to Ladarius Miller in July 2019 and Chris Colbert less than six months later.
In another bout on the WBA-sponsored KO Drugs card, junior middleweight Johan Gonzalez (29-1, 29 KOs) of Venezuela will face Azerbaijani Elvin Ganbarov (16-0, 14 KOs) in a 10 Fight rounds.
Francisco A. Salazar has been writing for The Ring since October 2013 and has been covering boxing in Southern California and internationally since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Star newspaper in Ventura County, California. He can be contacted by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing