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Christopher Diaz Confident Felix Verdejo Can Get Back on Track

By Miguel Rivera

As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo will return to the ring on March 17 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York, and there is no one happier than his ex-gym partner, Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz.

After a long absence, Verdejo, with a record of 23-0 and 15 KO's, will see action along with Diaz on that card on St. Patrick's Day - just over a year after his last fight.

"I am one of the people who believes the most in Felix," Diaz said to Jose Barteolmei.

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On February 3, Verdejo struggled to keep his undefeated record intact as he won by unanimous decision over Nicaraguan Oliver Flores in a contest held at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan.

From there, the 24-year-old fighter did not see action again throughout the entire year.

Verdejo was supposed to have a showdown against Terry Flanagan in mid-2017, but the Briton suffered several injuries and the fight was postponed.

But the bad luck returned to the Puerto Rican and after suffering a hand injury in September while showering, and a planned fight was canceled.

"He needs to focus and have a desire to do what he does," Díaz said.

"Felix is a sensational talent. He is one of the most talented boxers. He has to exploit that and use it. There are times when one loses the hunger to win. But I believe in him a lot. I'm sure that on March 17 we will see a different Felix," added Diaz.

Pitufo (22-0, 14 KO's) and Verdejo are two of the main young boxers who are on the rise in Puerto Rico and looking to become superstars in wake of the retirement of Miguel Cotto.

"This litter [of new Puerto Rican fighters] is going to create a lot of talk," Diaz said. "Angel 'Tito' Acosta is a humble boy who trains hard and dedicated. While Alberto Machado I know and, as they say, is the bread of God. There is also Emmanuel Rodriguez, who has exceptional talent."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MisanthropicNY on 12-23-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18357298]this kids got all the talent in the world. get him active, keep him motivated and he'll do great things.[/QUOTE] Keep him motivated? Great fighters don't need people to keep them motivated. This kid is a lazy, entitled brat with…

Comment by john l on 12-23-2017

[QUOTE=HandsofIron;18357467]He's not the next Tito Trinidad, the kid doesn't have it. However, his weight division is weak so he'll prolly scoop up a couple of decent wins.[/QUOTE] Yea maybe its not like the guy in your pic is around lol.

Comment by john l on 12-23-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;18357601]Past time to cash in. Flanagan was supposed to be his first test, and that was a year ago. I don't think that pretty boy act is going to sell much longer.[/QUOTE] Agree Top Rank will try and get back…

Comment by Corelone on 12-23-2017

[QUOTE=john l;18357463]Agree he has never shown that talent after he moved past the clubfighters.I think his time has come and gone I mean if he is already losing interest BEFORE he makes any real money then whats gonna happen if…

Comment by baya on 12-23-2017

his inability to put punches together and spotty defense give me no confidence in him to compete with the elites.

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