By Miguel Rivera
As previously reported, undefeated Puerto Rican fighter Felix 'Diamante' Verdejo (22-0, 15KOs) was involved in a motorcycle accident earlier today in the jurisdiction of Rio Grande, towards Carolina. He was taken to the Medical Center in Rio Piedras.
Family, friends and fellow fighters arrived at the medical facility. Fellow boxer Christopher Diaz, who trains with Verdejo at the Diamond Club in Trujillo Alto, said his friend is conscious and talking.
"Felix has only a couple of scratches. He looked in good condition and was conscious. We know he had a helmet on when he fell," said Diaz to Primera Hora.
Paramedics reported that Verdejo suffered a blow to the head and lacerations on different parts of the body.
According to preliminary data, Verdejo was riding on PR-3 road towards Fajardo to Carolina at about 5:44 pm when he lost control and fell to the pavement near a car dealership. The boxer was traveling with another motorcyclist who stopped to give assistance.
No word on how this will affect Verdejo's world title shot. The World Boxing Organization recently ordered WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan to make a mandatory defense against the Puerto Rican boxer.
Both sides were given until August 20th to reach a deal, but this latest development may affect that deadline. Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is interested in staging Verdejo vs. Flanagan on November 5th as part of the Manny Pacquiao comeback card at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.