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Felix Verdejo
Weightclass:
Super Featherweight
Age:
21
Birthplace:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Record:
16-0, 12 KOs
Height:
Reach:
Managers:
Ricky Marquez
Trainers:
Ricky Marquez
biography

“El Diamante” (The Diamond)
Twitter: @DiamanteVerdejo
Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
Ranked WBA #4, WBC #19 at 135 pounds…
2012 Olympian for Puerto Rico (amateur), 132 pounds…
2012 American Olympic Qualifier (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 Olympic Cup (amateur), 123 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2010 Olympic Cup (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2010 Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament (amateur), 119 pounds – Silver Medalist…
2010 Pan American Youth Championships (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist…

Only 21 years old, Felix is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 135 pounds, he is a former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.
He stayed very active in the ring with seven fights in 2014 and made excellent progress – he has drawn capacity crowds to his fights and given impressive performances each time. He has also broken into the Top 10 world rankings, even though he has not yet had a 10-round fight.
In his last fight on December 13, Felix won by fourth-round TKO against Karim El Ouazghari.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Verdejo looks like he is on his way to becoming one of the biggest stars in boxing. The 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian, who drew a wild crowd to the fight, has charisma and a fierce fighting style fans love. Who knows what Verdejo will become but his smile, ring passion and accurate punching are very reminiscent of Puerto Rican icon Felix Trinidad, who has become a big supporter of Verdejo's.
He had it all working against El Ouazghari in a...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight 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...
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background
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."…
Felix is single and has no children…
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2012 OLYMPICS – London, England, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 7-29-12 he won an 11-5 decision against Shafick Chitou of Benin; in his second fight on 8-2-12 he won a 16-7 decision against Ahmed Mejri of Tunisia; in the quarterfinals on 8-6-12 he lost a 14-9 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, who went on to win the gold medal...
2012 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-5-12 he won a 14-3 decision against Isaac Gutierrez of Chile; in his second fight on 5-7-12 he...
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  • “El Diamante” (The Diamond)
  • Twitter: @DiamanteVerdejo
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
  • Ranked WBA #4, WBC #19 at 135 pounds…
  • 2012 Olympian for Puerto Rico (amateur), 132 pounds…
  • 2012 American Olympic Qualifier (amateur), 132 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 Olympic Cup (amateur), 123 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2010 Olympic Cup (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2010 Jose Cheo Aponte Tournament (amateur), 119 pounds – Silver Medalist…
  • 2010 Pan American Youth Championships (amateur), 119 pounds – Gold Medalist…

Only 21 years old, Felix is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 135 pounds, he is a former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.

He stayed very active in the ring with seven fights in 2014 and made excellent progress – he has drawn capacity crowds to his fights and given impressive performances each time. He has also broken into the Top 10 world rankings, even though he has not yet had a 10-round fight.

In his last fight on December 13, Felix won by fourth-round TKO against Karim El Ouazghari.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Verdejo looks like he is on his way to becoming one of the biggest stars in boxing. The 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian, who drew a wild crowd to the fight, has charisma and a fierce fighting style fans love. Who knows what Verdejo will become but his smile, ring passion and accurate punching are very reminiscent of Puerto Rican icon Felix Trinidad, who has become a big supporter of Verdejo's.

He had it all working against El Ouazghari in a lights-out performance. Verdejo rocked him with a right hand in the second round and knocked him down moments later, finishing an onslaught of punches with a left hook that sent him to his knees.

It was all Verdejo in the third round and again in the fourth, when an overhand right staggered El Ouazghari. He retreated to the ropes and Verdejo poured it on, landing another right hand and a left hook before [the] referee intervened at 1 minute, 27 seconds.

If you aren't excited about Verdejo's potential star power nothing in boxing is going to excite you. [End Rafael 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."

Regarding his nickname, he 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."

Top Rank signed Felix to a promotional contract in October, 2012.

Dan Rafael reported [Oct. 8, 2012 – excerpts]: For the past 20 years, promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank staff have an exceptional track record when it comes signing and developing prospects out of the Olympics.

And now they hope they have picked right again, announcing the signing of 19-year-old lightweight Felix Verdejo to a promotional contract.

Verdejo, a lanky fighter with a solid jab, won two fights in the Olympic tournament….

"My wish is to become a good professional fighter and make my country proud of my accomplishments. I know that Top Rank is the right company to take me where I want to go," said Verdejo, who plans to train in Puerto Rico. "This is a very happy day for me because I have always dreamed of being a professional boxer and I am looking forward to this next step in my career.

"I know people in Puerto Rico got to know me because of the Olympics and I hope they will continue to support me as a professional."

Top Rank's history signing Olympic fighters has been a strong suit, including signing three fighters it was instrumental in building into significant multi-divisional champions and major pay-per-view stars: Americans Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto.

"Top Rank and Bob Arum have a great track record with boxers they debut and then take to the top, and I will work hard to become one of those boxers," Verdejo said.

"Felix is a young, exciting athlete who won many gold medals as an amateur. Between his pedigree and our expertise in developing champions, we anticipate the evolution of Puerto Rico's next future star," Top Rank president Todd duBoef said.

"Our strategy is based on a fighter's ability – which is most important – and his marketability and we target a select group that we think could have those key ingredients. I think the fact that Verdejo comes from the incredible boxing hotbed of Puerto Rico identifies his marketability and from the boxing side of it, our internal team (including matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad Goodman) was very high on him in terms of ability. He has a maturity that we believe will transfer well over to the pro ranks." [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2014 – in his last fight 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 914-11-1): 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…

 

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 1st round, 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…

Amateur / Personal Background

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."…

Felix is single and has no children…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS – London, England, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 7-29-12 he won an 11-5 decision against Shafick Chitou of Benin; in his second fight on 8-2-12 he won a 16-7 decision against Ahmed Mejri of Tunisia; in the quarterfinals on 8-6-12 he lost a 14-9 decision against Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine, who went on to win the gold medal...

2012 AMERICAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 132 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 5-5-12 he won a 14-3 decision against Isaac Gutierrez of Chile; in his second fight on 5-7-12 he won a 14-7 decision against Juan Reyes of Guatamala; in the quarterfinals on 5-9-12 he won a 17-8 decision against Angel Gutierrez of Mexico; in the semifinals on 5-11-12 he won a 21-7 decision against Edwar Marriaga of Colombia; in the finals on 5-12-12 he won a 13-7 decision against Wellington Arias of Dominican Republic...

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES – Guadalajara, Mexico, 123 pounds: in his first fight on 10-22-11 he lost a 13-3 decision against Robenilson de Jesus of Brazil...

2011 COPA ROMANA – La Romana, Dominican Republic, 123 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) he lost a 17-10 decision against William Encarnacion of Dominican Republic...

2011 OLYMPIC CUP – San Juan, Puerto Rico, 123 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 6-30-11 he won an 8-6 decision against Robenilson de Jesus of Brazil; in the semifinals on 7-2-11 he won a 12-6 decision against Luis Salazar of Dominican Republic; in the finals on 7-3-11 he won a 15-10 decision against Luis Rosario of Puerto Rico...

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES QUALIFIER – Cumana, Venezuela, 123 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 3-26-11 he won a 13-6 decision against Luis Feliciano of the U.S.; in the semifinals on 3-28-11 he had a 5-5 draw but won the tiebreaker against Luis Salazar of Dominican Republic; in the finals on 3-29-11 he had a 6-6 draw, but lost the tiebreaker against Lazaro Alvarez of Cuba...

2010 OLYMPIC CUP – San Juan, Puerto Rico, 119 pounds [incomplete results] – GOLD MEDALIST: in the finals on 5-22-10 he won against Carlos Narvaez of Puerto Rico...

2010 JOSE CHEO APONTE TOURNAMENT – Caguas, Puerto Rico, 119 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in the semifinals (his first fight) he won against Carlos Narvaez of Puerto Rico; in the finals on 5-15-10 he lost a 10-8 decision against Camilo Perez of Puerto Rico...

2010 AIBA YOUTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 119 pounds: in his first fight on 4-26-10 he won a 12-1 decision against Sho Nakhayawa of Japan; in his second fight on 4-28-10 he lost a 7-6 decision against Vadim Semin of Russia...

2010 PAN AMERICAN YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS – Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, 119 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 2-21-10 he won a 7-4 decision against Yunior Ribalta of Cuba; in the semifinals on 2-23-10 he won a 14-2 decision against Juan Jonelvi Medina of Dominican Republic; in the finals on 2-25-10 he won a 3-2 decision against Gilson Barros of Brazil...

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a tremendous amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2 years…15 fights…46 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 73 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 2 (2-0)…4 rounds – 2 (2-0)…