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Felix Verdejo
Weightclass:
Lightweight
Age:
22
Birthplace:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Record:
20-0, 14 KOs
Height:
5'9"
Reach:
71.5"
Managers:
Ricky Marquez
Trainers:
Ricky Marquez
biography

“El Diamante” (The Diamond)
Twitter & Instagram: @DiamanteVerdejo
Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
Ranked WBA #2, WBO #2, IBF #5, WBC #13 at 135 pounds…
WBO Latin American lightweight champion, four successful defenses…
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…

At the age of 23, Felix is a three-year pro. A sensational prospect at 135 pounds, he is a former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.
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 every time.
He stayed very active in the ring with seven fights in 2014 and three in 2015, and made good progress. His last five fights were scheduled for 10 rounds, and he stepped up in class of opposition – two of his last four opponents were previously undefeated prospects.
In his last fight on April 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Rodriguez.
Boxingscene.com's Jake Donovan reported...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – 4TH WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 4-16-16 in San Juan, PR, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Rodriguez (18-8): the bout headlined at Coliseo Roberto Clemente; Felix outboxed and outworked Rodriguez in the early rounds and built a lead on the scorecards; Rodriguez had a few brief rallies in the middle rounds, but Felix finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 98-92…
 
3RD WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-27-16 in New York, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Brazilian prospect William Silva (16-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy main event, and Felix dominated the fight; he rocked Silva with a left hook in the 2nd round, and Silva fought very cautiously after that – he moved almost constantly and threw very few punches; Felix pressed forward, consistently outworked him, and won by near-shutout scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…
 
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...
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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."…
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...
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Biography
  • “El Diamante” (The Diamond)
  • Twitter & Instagram: @DiamanteVerdejo
  • Facebook: Facebook.com/TopRankFelixVerdejo
  • Ranked WBA #2, WBO #2, IBF #5, WBC #13 at 135 pounds…
  • WBO Latin American lightweight champion, four successful defenses…
  • 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…

At the age of 23, Felix is a three-year pro. A sensational prospect at 135 pounds, he is a former amateur standout who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 Olympics.

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 every time.

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

In his last fight on April 16 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he won a 10-round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Boxingscene.com's Jake Donovan reported [excerpts]: Felix Verdejo remains unbeaten after outpointing Mexico's Jose Luis Rodriguez over 10 rounds Saturday evening in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Scores were 99-91 (twice) and 98-92 in favor of Verdejo, who was roughed up a bit but managed to prevail in front of a raucous crowd of 6,626 at Coliseo Roberto Clemente.

Rodriguez was being picked apart while figuring out the best way to close the gap. He found the answer in round four, landing significant shots for the first time in the fight and enjoying mild success in the middle rounds.

After getting tagged more than to which he's grown accustomed, Verdejo swung momentum back in his favor with a strong power surge late in round six. It was his most explosive sequence of the fight, as he spent his remaining time boxing and attempting to keep distance from the stalking Rodriguez.

Verdejo finished strong despite the constant pressure applied by a desperate but care-free Rodriguez.... [End Donovan 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."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – 4TH WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – in his last fight on 4-16-16 in San Juan, PR, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jose Luis Rodriguez (18-8): the bout headlined at Coliseo Roberto Clemente; Felix outboxed and outworked Rodriguez in the early rounds and built a lead on the scorecards; Rodriguez had a few brief rallies in the middle rounds, but Felix finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 98-92…

 

3RD WBO LATIN AMERICAN L TITLE DEFENSE – on 2-27-16 in New York, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Brazilian prospect William Silva (16-0): the bout was co-featured with the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy main event, and Felix dominated the fight; he rocked Silva with a left hook in the 2nd round, and Silva fought very cautiously after that – he moved almost constantly and threw very few punches; Felix pressed forward, consistently outworked him, and won by near-shutout scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91…

 

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…

 

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…

 

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."…

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 – GOLD MEDALIST [incomplete results]: 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…has stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights – his last four fights have been scheduled 10-rounders, and he has gone the full 10-round distance two times…had a very strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 21 fights…90 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 66 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 3 (3-0)…8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…