By Miguel Rivera
The next engagement in the ring for lightweight contender Felix "the Diamond" Verdejo will be in a known scenario, according to Carlos Gonzalez.
The executives of Top Rank are working at full speed so that the 25-year-old boxer is active as soon as this coming March at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In March of 2018, Verdejo suffered the first defeat of his career, by technical knockout, at the hands of Antonio Lozada, precisely, in the same venue where his future fight would be.
After a few months of rest where he became father of a girl, Verdejo returned to the winning route by picking up an easy victory over Mexican contender Yardley Armenta Cruz.
The March card will take place on the 17th of that month at the venue's Hulu Theater. Jessie Magdaleno is going to face Verdejo's countryman on the card, Christopher Diaz, in a crossroads fight of top contenders. Irish Olympian Michael Conlan is scheduled to appear on the card, and so is Jonathan Guzman, Josue Vargas and Vladimir Nikitin.
So far there is no determined rival. Diego Magdaleno and Yuriorkis Gamboa were mentioned as potential opponents, however, each one already has their respective commitments.
Magdaleno will face Teófimo López on February 2, while Gamboa, preliminarily, has the agenda to measure forces with Puerto Rican Juan Manuel López.
In the aftermath of his loss, Verdejo made several big changes to his team. He added veteran trainer Evangelista Cotto, who is the former trainer and uncle of four division champion Miguel Cotto. And he also signed on well known strength and conditioning trainer Luis "Memo" Heredia, who is helping Verdejo change his body around and increase stamina for long fights.