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Felix Verdejo Decisions Flores, First Fight After Motorcycle Accident

By Keith Idec

Felix Verdejo wasn’t exactly spectacular, but he was victorious Friday night in his first fight since sustaining injuries in a motorcycle accident last summer.

Puerto Rico’s Verdejo defeated Oliver Flores by unanimous decision in a 10-round lightweight fight in San Juan. Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) won on all three scorecards – 99-91, 98-92, 96-94 – to please an overwhelmingly pro-Verdejo crowd of 7,143 at Roberto Clemente Coliseum.

For taped coverage of the Verdejo-Flores, tune in to UniMas for a two-hour broadcast scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. ET.

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According to the Twitter feed of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., Verdejo’s promoter, Verdejo started slowly and had difficulty finding his range for much of the first half of the fight. It turned into a slugfest, according to Top Rank, in the eighth round and by the ninth round, Verdejo was bleeding from his nose.

Verdejo also got hurt in the 10th round, Top Rank reported, but fought his way out of the trouble and made it to the final bell.

Nicaragua’s Flores (27-3-2, 17 KOs) has been knocked out twice in a lower weight class (130 pounds), by Japan’s Takashi Uchiyama in the third round of his last fight, 13 months ago in Tokyo, and by Mexico’s Miguel Berchelt in the second round of a November 2012 bout. Verdejo, 23, fought for the first time since he stopped Mexico’s Juan Jose Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) in the fifth round June 11 in The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The 2012 Olympian suffered injuries to his head in a motorcycle accident in August in Puerto Rico. When he returned, Ricky Marquez, Verdejo’s manager and trainer, said before Friday’s fight that Verdejo appeared more committed to his career and to behaving like a professional.

By beating Flores, Verdejo secured a shot at the WBO 135-pound championship in his next fight. Verdejo, the WBO’s No. 1 lightweight contender, is expected to face the winner of an April 8 bout between WBO champion Terry Flanagan (32-0, 13 KOs) and Russia’s Petr Petrov (38-4-2, 19 KOs) in Manchester, England, Flanagan’s hometown.

Earlier Friday night, Puerto Rican super featherweight prospect Christopher Diaz (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh-round technical knockout against Carson, California’s Efrain Esquivias (17-6-1, 10 KOs). The Diaz-Esquivias fight also will be part of the UniMas telecast.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Da Boxer on 02-04-2017

Verdejo needs to apply himself. [B][COLOR="Red"][SIZE="6"]He missed weight in and it took 3 times for him to finally make weight!!! WTF!!![/SIZE][/COLOR][/B] Im a fan and I want him to perform but before the fight there were lots of talk in…

Comment by Corelone on 02-04-2017

[QUOTE=SkillspayBills;17402650]I was just about to mention this. When was the last time he has looked special in a fight?[/QUOTE] When he KOd the hair dresser.

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 02-04-2017

[QUOTE=SkillspayBills;17402650]I was just about to mention this. When was the last time he has looked special in a fight?[/QUOTE] About a year ago? It's been a while. He looks good one fight then looks average the next two. And it's…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 02-04-2017

[QUOTE=.:: JSFD26 ::.;17401330]Pretty common trend in all his recent fights, no? What's new.[/QUOTE] I was just about to mention this. When was the last time he has looked special in a fight?

Comment by TOBYLEE1 on 02-04-2017

Verdejo has a lot of stools but he don't shine in any. Once he step up it will tell what his career is going to be

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