By Miguel Rivera
The idea that Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) establishes his next training camp outside of Puerto Rico is on the table.
Promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank spoke directly with representatives of the Puerto Rican pugilist during a meeting last week in Orlando, Florida, and raised a number of concerns. Arum insisted that they consider moving future training camps to Las Vegas, Nevada, or Los Angeles, California.
Ricky Marquez, Coach and manager of Verdejo, confirmed that it could happen as soon as his pupil's next upcoming fight.
"It's something we've been talking about for a long time," Márquez said to Carlos Gonzalez. "We're considering it, but not right now. Maybe by the time we get closer to Felix's next fight we will move to the United States or anywhere else."
Márquez pointed to distractions as the compelling reasons to leave the Island.
"We would be looking for a change of environment, remove him from the current environment, from distractions, from friends who are young and have a different type of mentality and do not have the same responsibility as Felix who is a professional athlete," he said.
Likewise, Márquez also did not rule out the idea of adding other people to the Verdejo team.
"We have been working with Cruz Penza García, we have added a psychologist and we can work with whoever it is, we learn every day," he said.
It is still not fully defined if, in effect, Verdejo will fight in June during the weekend of the Puerto Rican Parade in New York. It all depends on the outcome of this Saturday's match between Terry Flanagan and Petr Petrov for the World Boxing Organization's (135-pound) lightweight title. Verdejo would challenge the winner.
"We are not sure yet if that fight will be in June. We have to wait to see what happens on Saturday and we will be waiting," concluded Márquez.