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Felix Verdejo
Weightclass:
Super Featherweight
Age:
20
Birthplace:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Record:
11-0, 8 KOs
Height:
Reach:
Managers:
Ricky Marquez
Trainers:
Ricky Marquez
biography

“El Diamante” (The Diamond)
Twitter: @DiamanteVerdejo
Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
2012 Puerto Rican Olympian (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 20 years old, Felix made his pro debut on December 6. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout and represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.
He has stayed very active with seven fights in his first eight months as a pro.
Felix is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win against Guillermo Delgadillo in his last fight on August 10.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was exactly the kind of fight Verdejo needs, one in which he got rounds and experience under his belt against a game opponent as he continues his fast rise.
The 20-year-old blue-chip prospect and 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian went past four rounds for the first time in his pro career, which began with fanfare in December.
This was all Verdejo, who scored a pair of knockdowns en route to the shutout victory. Verdejo started fast, scoring the first knockdown about 20 seconds into the fight as he sent Delgadillo falling into the ropes on the end of a short left hand. Delgadillo wasn't badly hurt,...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 – in his last fight 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; after the fight, Felix said, "I had my Puerto Rican pride. I'm very happy because it's another experience that gives me more maturity at this stage. I think I looked good and the most important thing is that I will be active again really soon, on Oct. 5 in Orlando."...
On 5-18-13 in Trujillo Alto, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Corben Page (4-5-1): the bout was co-featured at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montañez, and Felix dominated; he rocked Page repeatedly with right hands in the 3nd round and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd; in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:48; after the fight, Falix said, "The punches I landed were strong, and the referee decided he couldn't continue. I was very anxious, but the important thing was that I won."...
On 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Steve Gutierrez (4-3-1): the bout 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; after the fight, Felix said, "I'm excited to be part of this Radio City event, and what makes it special is I was the first Puerto Rican to win at this venue. We worked very hard in the gym working...
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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’s disabled. I'm the only boxer in the family, but my father boxed as an 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, the one that was throwing rocks at Felix that day, and he brought Felix to me – that was the first day that he came to the gym. The father of that kid is now one of my assistants in Felix’ corner – Angel Rivera Cuso.
"Felix is going to start taking a course to learn English."...
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...
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  • “El Diamante” (The Diamond)
  • Twitter: @DiamanteVerdejo
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
  • 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian (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 20 years old, Felix made his pro debut on December 6. A sensational prospect at 130 pounds, he is a former amateur standout and represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.

He has stayed very active with seven fights in his first eight months as a pro.

Felix is coming off a six-round unanimous decision win against Guillermo Delgadillo in his last fight on August 10.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: This was exactly the kind of fight Verdejo needs, one in which he got rounds and experience under his belt against a game opponent as he continues his fast rise.

The 20-year-old blue-chip prospect and 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian went past four rounds for the first time in his pro career, which began with fanfare in December.

This was all Verdejo, who scored a pair of knockdowns en route to the shutout victory. Verdejo started fast, scoring the first knockdown about 20 seconds into the fight as he sent Delgadillo falling into the ropes on the end of a short left hand. Delgadillo wasn't badly hurt, but it put him in a hole on the scorecards that he had no prayer of climbing out of. After dominating the fight, Verdejo put a cherry on top of his victory with another knockdown in the sixth round, dropping Delgadillo to a knee with a super-fast left hook. This time, Delgadillo was hurt and in some trouble, but he was game and able to survive the final minute of the fight.

Miguel Cotto is the Puerto Rican star of the present. Verdejo might be the future version. [End Rafael item]

Dan Rafael wrote [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 lightweight Felix Verdejo to a promotional contract.

Verdejo, a lanky fighter with a solid jab, won two fights in the Olympic tournament before losing in the quarterfinals to Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko, who went on to win the gold medal after having also won featherweight gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"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 Carl Moretti and matchmakers Bruce Trampler and Brad "Abdul" 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]

Felix said through an interpreter, "I'm a technical boxer with good power. My best friends in boxing 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 train is 'El Diamante.' It’s the gym of my manager and trainer, Ricky Marquez. There was a guy from a boxing webpage here in Puerto Rico, and he was the first one to call me that."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 – in his last fight 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; after the fight, Felix said, "I had my Puerto Rican pride. I'm very happy because it's another experience that gives me more maturity at this stage. I think I looked good and the most important thing is that I will be active again really soon, on Oct. 5 in Orlando."...

On 5-18-13 in Trujillo Alto, PR, he won by TKO (4th round) against Corben Page (4-5-1): the bout was co-featured at Cancha Ruben Zayas Montañez, and Felix dominated; he rocked Page repeatedly with right hands in the 3nd round and scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 3rd; in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:48; after the fight, Falix said, "The punches I landed were strong, and the referee decided he couldn't continue. I was very anxious, but the important thing was that I won."...

On 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Steve Gutierrez (4-3-1): the bout 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; after the fight, Felix said, "I'm excited to be part of this Radio City event, and what makes it special is I was the first Puerto Rican to win at this venue. We worked very hard in the gym working the body. I noticed when I hit him to the body he brought his arms down and it opened up the chin, and that's how I finished him. Our plan was work the body, and we executed the plan."...

On 3-23-13 in Trujillo Alto he won by TKO (2nd round) against Martin Quezada (2-3): the bout 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 bout 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 bout 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; after the fight fight, Felix said, "That's the first time I ever won a fight with two punches. My best punch is actually my right hand, but I hit him with a left hook. I always knock guys out with my right hand, not my left hook."...

 

2012 – 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’s disabled. I'm the only boxer in the family, but my father boxed as an 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, the one that was throwing rocks at Felix that day, and he brought Felix to me – that was the first day that he came to the gym. The father of that kid is now one of my assistants in Felix’ corner – Angel Rivera Cuso.

"Felix is going to start taking a course to learn English."...

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: 8 months…7 fights…21 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

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