Jezreel Corrales returns on March 12 against undefeated KO artist Miguel Madueno

Jezreel Corrales is looking to notch his third consecutive win to preserve his title hopes.

The former 130-pound titleholder will return to the ring for the third time in the last 10 months when he takes on undefeated Miguel 'Explosivo' Madueno at the Roberto Durán Arena in a slated 10-rounder on March 12 in Panama City as part of the WBA's "KO Drugs" festival.

The bout will serve as the chief support to the main event starring former 118-pound titlist Anselmo Moreno taking on Cesar Ramirez in a scheduled 10-round featherweight affair.

Part one of the festival will take place on March 11, featuring WBA "Super" junior flyweight champion Yésica Bopp defending her title against Jessica Nery Plata.

Corrales (25-4, 10 KOs), a southpaw from San Miguelito, Panama, who is fighting at 135-pounds for the third fight in a row, is a former WBA "Super" junior lightweight world champion. He won the strap in June 2016 with a second-round knockout of former titleholder Takashi Uchiyama and defended the belt twice: a split decision win in a rematch over Uchiyama followed by a technical decision win over Robinson Castellanos.

Corrales was stripped at the scales and subsequently suffered an eighth-round knockout at the hands of Alberto Machado, who later discovered, to his chagrin, that he did not win the "Super" title that Corrales previously held, but the lesser WBA "regular" version after his October 2017 upset. Six months later, Gervonta Davis fought Jesus Cuellar for the vacant "Super" belt and left Machado out of the equation without an explanation.

As for the 30-year-old Corrales, while he has won his last two fights, his performances over his last five bouts have produced a mixed bag of results. He also lost back-to-back contests against Ladarius Miller (SD 10) and Chris Colbert (UD 12) during that span.

While Madueno has yet to face a fighter with the caliber or resume of Corrales, he has trucked his opposition. With 25 of his 27 wins coming by KO, he has undoubtedly been 'Explosivo.' The Orange, California-based Mexican has knocked out 13 straight opponents, and 11 of them have been wiped out within the first two frames.

Another advantage for Madueno is activity. His date with Corrales will mark his sixth bout in the last 11 months, and the 23-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down unless 'El Invisible' can solve the puzzle. But if his record is any indication, Madueno has the power behind his fists to take out the cloak of invisibility.

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