Felix Verdejo

Weightclass: Lightweight

  • 23wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 15kos

AGE:
24
Birthplace:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Height:
5'9"
reach:
72"
Managers:
Ricky Marquez
Trainers:
Ricky Marquez

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Felix “El Diamante” (The Diamond) Verdejo

At the age of 24, Felix is a five-year pro. A rising young contender at 135 pounds, he was an amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics before his debut.

He is one of boxing’s top young talents, and many observers see him as the next in the long, distinguished line of great Puerto Rican champions, following Felix Trinidad and Miguel Cotto.

Felix has drawn large, enthusiastic crowds wherever he fights and given impressive performances.

He stayed very active in the ring with seven fights in 2014, three in 2015, and four in 2016. He has made good progress – his last seven fights were scheduled for 10 rounds and he stepped up in class of opposition. Two of his recent opponents were previously undefeated prospects.

He returned to the ring on February 3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and won a 10-round unanimous decision against Oliver Flores.

Fightnews.com reported [excerpts]: WBO #1 lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo scored a ten round unanimous decision over Oliver Flores in front of 7,143 boxing fans at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

Verdejo, returning to the ring for the first time since a bad motorcycle accident last August, controlled most the fight against the defensive-minded Flores. Flores finally woke up in round eight….

It was too little, too late for Flores, however, as Verdejo won 99-91, 96-94, 98-92. [End Fightnews.com item]

Felix had been scheduled to challenge WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan of England last November 5th, but was injured in a motorcycle accident three months earlier on August 7th and the fight was postponed.

The Ring’s Mitch Abramson reported [Aug. 8, 2016 – excerpts]: Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo is in stable condition and could return home from the hospital on Tuesday after he crashed his off-road motorcycle over the weekend and sustained lacerations on his head and face.

The accident took place in the Northern Coastal Valley of Rio Grande in his native Puerto Rico on Sunday. Verdejo was taken to a medical center in the Rio Piedras neighborhood of San Juan, where he is currently in recovery, according to police. Verdejo escaped the accident without suffering any bone injuries or internal bleeding or serious head injuries, such as a concussion. [End Abramson item]

Manager-trainer Ricky Marquez said, “I’ve been training Felix since his first day in the gym at the age of nine. He trains at my gym – ‘El Diamante’ – in Trujillo Alto. That’s where he got his nickname.”

Felix said through an interpreter, “I’m a technical boxer with good power. The fighters I admire here are José Pedraza, Rocky Martinez, and Yovanny Rodriguez. We don’t all train in the same gym, but we train together sometimes and we are good friends.

“I want to be a role model for the kids, the same way that Felix Trinidad was to me. That’s what I want to be now for the younger kids.”

About his nickname, Felix said, “The name of the gym where I was training was ‘El Diamante.’ There was a guy from a boxing webpage here in Puerto Rico, and he was the first one to call me that.”

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Felix said through an interpreter, “I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I have two brothers and two sisters. My mother works in an auto insurance company. My father doesn’t work – he has epilepsy. I’m the only boxer in the family. My father boxed amateur a little bit when he was young.

“I started boxing when I was nine years old. I used to see Felix Trinidad fight when I was a kid, and I just wanted to be like him. One day I was playing baseball and there was this kid throwing rocks at me. I went to my father to complain. The other kid was a boxer and his father said, ‘If you have a problem with him, put the boxing gloves on and spar a little bit.’ So, we sparred, and the father of the other kid saw how well I managed myself and said I should go to the gym.

“As an amateur, I had 106 wins and 17 losses. I’m naturally righthanded.”…

Manager-trainer Ricky Marquez added, “I trained the other kid, Jean Rivera – the one that was throwing rocks at Felix that day – and he brought Felix to me. That was the first day that Felix came to the gym. Now Felix and Jean are like brothers. The father of that kid is now one of my assistants in Felix’ corner – Angel Rivera Cuso.”…

fight history

  • 2013

    on 11-24-13 in Macau, CHI, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan (8-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios main event; Duanaaymukdahan gave a good effort, but Felix dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Duanaaymukdahan, and landed the harder punches; he rocked Duanaaymukdahan with an uppercut in the 5th round, and Duanaaymukdahan was penalized one point for low blows; scored 60-53 on all three scorecards…

    On 10-5-13 in Orlando he won by TKO (2nd round) against Gary Eyer (11-3-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez main event, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he rocked Eyer repeatedly in the 1st round, and rocked him repeatedly in the 2nd – he bloodied Eyer’s nose, then staggered him with a left hook and the referee stopped the fight at 2:53…

    On 8-10-13 in Bethlehem, PA, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Guillermo Delgadillo (4-4-1): the bout was co-featured with the Gamalier Rodriguez-Jorge Pazos main event, and Felix dominated; he scored a knockdown with a left hook early in the 1stround, and consistently outboxed Delgadillo and landed the harder punches in the following rounds; he scored another knockdown with a left hook in the 6th, and won by shutout scores of 60-52 on all three scorecards…

    On 5-18-13 in Trujillo Alto, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Corben Page (4-5-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montañez, and Felix dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd round, then rocked Page repeatedly in the 4th and the referee stopped the fight at 1:48…

    On 4-13-13 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Steve Gutierrez (4-3-1): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns in the 1st round – the first with a right hand, the second with a left uppercut – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:51…

    On 3-23-13 in Trujillo Alto he won by TKO (2nd round) against Martin Quezada (2-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montañez, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left uppercut late in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd – Quezada got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:51…

    On 2-2-13 in Bayamon, PR, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Jose Santiago (2-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez-Aldimar Silva Santos main event; Felix scored a knockdown in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown in the 3rd, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:26…

    On 1-19-13 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Tomi Archambault (1-3): the scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event; Felix scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body-left hook to the chin combination in the 1st round – Archambault got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at at 0:21…

    He made his debut at the age of 19 on 12-6-12 in Las Vegas, NV, and won a 4 round unanimous decision against Leonardo Chavez (1-0): the bout was on the undercard of the Ray Beltran-Ji-Hoon Kim main event, and Felix dominated; Chavez gave a good effort, but Felix consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches, and won by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37…

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  • 2014

    on 12-13-14 in Philadelphia, PA, he won by TKO (4th round) against Karim El Ouazghari (16-5-2): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the 2300 Arena, and Felix dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 2nd round, then rocked El Ouazghari repeatedly in the 3rd; Felix staggered El Ouazghari with a series of punches in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:27…

    On 10-4-14 in Orlando, FL, he won by knockout (3rd round) against Sergio Villanueva (26-4-2): the scheduled 8-rounder headlined at the Bahia Shrine Temple – it drew an overflow crowd and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Villanueva pressed forward, but Felix outboxed and outworked him in the 1st and 2nd rounds; Felix switched to the lefthanded stance in the 3rd round, and scored a devastating knockdown with a right hook that dropped Villanueva face-first, between the lower ring ropes – he got up but was very unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:57…

    On 8-16-14 in Caguas, PR, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Oscar Bravo (21-5): the bout headlined at Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, and Felix dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Bravo, and landed the harder punches; scores 80-72 on all three scorecards…

     

    On 6-7-14 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Engelberto Valenzuela (8-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Sergio Martinez main event, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 1st round – Valenzuela got up, but Felix staggered him with another series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 1:17…

    On 4-19-14 in Orlando he won by knockout (1st round) against Ivan Zavala (6-5-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at the Bahia Shrine Temple; Felix scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and Zavala was counted out at 1:14…

    On 3-22-14 in Caguas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Juan Santiago (14-11-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was co-featured at Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he rocked Santiago repeatedly, and Santiago was cut over his right eye in the 2nd round; Felix scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd – Santiago got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:26…

    On 1-25-14 in New York, NY, he won by knockout (1st round) against previously undefeated Lauro Alcantar (8-0): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos main event, and Felix quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:21…

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  • 2015

    2ND WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 12-11-15 in San Juan he won by TKO (2nd round) against Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headined at Coliseo Roberto Clemente – it drew a crowd of 8,133 and ended with a spectacular one-punch knockout; Felix scored a devastating knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round – Dos Santos got up but was very unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:26…

    1ST WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-13-15 in New York he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Ivan Najera (16-0): the bout was co-featured with the Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga main event; Najera pressed forward and gave a good effort, but Felix dominated the fight; he hurt his left hand in the 1st round, but still kept a fast pace and consistently landed the harder punches – Felix staggered Najera with a left hook in the 4th round, and scored a knockdown with a left uppercut in the 5th round; he scored another knockdown with a left hook late in the 7th round, finished the fight strongly, and won by scores of 100-88, 100-88, 99-89…

    WON VACANT WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE – on 4-25-15 in Guaynabo, PR, he won by TKO (5th round) against Marco Antonio Lopez (24-5): Felix’ first scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales; Lopez missed the contracted weight by 4.25 pounds, but Felix dominated the fight and steadily wore him down; Felix scored two knockdowns in the 5th round – the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches – and the referee stopped the fight at 1:45…

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