Abel Sanchez Confident He Can Help Felix Verdejo Reach Potential

By Miguel Rivera

As recently reported, Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) would train with veteran coach Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, California.

After a few lackluster performances, there has been a lot of pressure on Verdejo to train outside of Puerto Rico to avoid the countless distractions. Verdejo's manager and trainer, Ricky Marquez, approves of the move.

Sanchez is currently best known as the head trainer of middleweight king Gennady Golovkin. He also works with cruiserweight champion Murat Gasiev, Denis Shafikov, Alex Saucedo and several other boxers.

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Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is also in favor of the idea. Last December, Arum sent heavyweight Andy Ruiz to train with Sanchez in preparation for a world title fight with Joseph Parker. Ruiz greatly improved his physical form and lost a close decision to Parker.

Sanchez has spoken with both Marquez and Arum, and he believes that a lot can be done to help Verdejo reach his full potential.

"Together we can do a lot of things," Sanchez said to Carlos Gonzalez. "Once we talk, we will sit down together to outline a plan of work. I have spoken to Marquez and we are waiting for the details to be confirmed to start working."

Arum has already stated that there are ongoing negotiations to make a fight with WBO champion Terry Flanagan. Verdejo is the mandatory challenger to Flanagan's title.

"Felix is ??a very talented guy and I believe that we can help him reach the level that he needs to be at for a world title fight," Sanchez said. 

Sanchez also assures that there won't be any conflicts or training issues, as the veteran coach will be preparing Golovkin for a scheduled showdown with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 16th.

"We will make different training schedules. In the gym we have several boxers who train at different times during the day. There will be no conflicts," said Sanchez.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BucaRican on 06-09-2017

About damn time. He needed a change of scene ASAP.

Comment by Titojosefa on 05-30-2017

I'm looking forward for this, Verdejo is good boxer,he can be better,he moves well,throws lots of punches,good power,defense needs to improve,hopefully Mr.Sanchez can help him reach superstatus,cause Puerto ricans need a star.

Comment by Mammoth on 05-30-2017

Good gym, mediocre trainer...

Comment by DramaShow on 05-30-2017

this kids got it all, and now hes got the best trainer in boxing to steer him the right way....

Comment by Bronx23 on 05-30-2017

I think trying outside of PR will help a lot. Take him away from his friends family and the girls so he can really focus. This kid is solid, has the fundamentals down. He just needs to find a way…

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