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Felix Verdejo: I'm Ready For The Elite, I'll Recover What I've Lost!

By Miguel Rivera

Puerto Rican lightweight contender Felix Verdejo held his final training session in Puerto Rico and is leaving for the United States.

Settled in the home of Team Diamante in Trujillo Alto, Verdejo quietly worked a light session to stay on weight ahead of Saturday's match against Mexican puncher Antonio Lozada Jr. - which he hopes will serve as a springboard to the longed-for championship fight that has escaped him in years past.

"I feel very good thanks to God and well focused on what we are doing. I have prepared very well," said Verdejo to Joel Rivera. "I'm ready for the elite fighters of the world. I'm ready and we're going to recover what we've lost."

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Verdejo is part of the undercard to Top Rank's big card at The Theater in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And what awaits him is a somewhat dangerous fight, according to his own coach, Ricky Marquez.

And that opponent is Lozada Jr., 27, a fighter who brings with him the experience of 40 matches, of which he has won 38 and 32 of those by way of the knockout. He has lost twice.

"The most impressive thing about his record are the 32 knockouts," said Márquez. "I trust that we will see the Felix of old.. with ease, speed, what people saw in him from the beginning, and with the confidence of knowing that he is ready, that he is well prepared, and that there are no excuses."

"Part of the benefit of being out all this time is that it has helped him to mature physically and mentally, to understand what is truly important for the rest of his life. That he has to concentrate on his work and take it with the seriousness that corresponds."

Verdejo and Marquez will travel to New York early on Tuesday and on Wednesday they will be part of an open media workout.

His countrymen, Jose Pedraz and Christopher "Pitufo" Diaz will also see action on the card.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=BucaRican;18585896]It will be a make or break, if he loses he may just not be able to get away from that loss ever. If he wins they're will probably be another rematch.[/QUOTE] He can rebuild after this one loss, but…

Comment by BucaRican on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18585431]I don’t completely disagree with what you’re saying. I think you might have a point. But not everyone is the same. Not everyone can be a star. Cotto is Cotto. Maybe Felix would’ve risen to the challenge, maybe not. If…

Comment by CubanGuyNYC on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=BucaRican;18585369]I saw greatness, he had a blend of great technical balance with speed. But like you said it tough to see until they are tested. This blame goes solely on Bob Arum. He waited to long to start challenging the…

Comment by BucaRican on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=CubanGuyNYC;18583211]I didn’t see greatness in Felix, but he is talented. It’s impossible to know for sure how good someone really is until they’re tested. We’ve reached a point in boxing where fans think that first loss is the end of…

Comment by BucaRican on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=Catrin;18583143]And i respect that! Verdejo needs a fresh start.... [SIZE="4"][B]New coach[/B][/SIZE] No friends [B][SIZE="4"]New location..[/SIZE][/B]. Maybe even new promoter[/QUOTE] I have said this since before his accident. He was already showing signs of being undisciplined. He was getting taken the…

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