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Felix Verdejo Will Keep Eye on Flanagan-Petrov, Wants Winner

By Miguel Rivera

Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo will be watching for this Saturday's match between current World Boxing Organization (WBO) 135-pound champion Terry Flanagan and tough challenger Petr Petrov.

The Puerto Rican maintains in a firm manner that his objective is to fight the winner of the contest taking place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire.

"We'll be keeping an eye on that Flanagan fight, who is going against a tough opponent in Petrov. We will see what happens and depending on the result we will know what is coming, but Felix is ??training to fight for the world title," said Ricky Marquez, coach and manager of Verdeo, to Carlos Gonzalez.

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Last February, Verdejo (23-0, 15 KOs) defeated Nicaraguan Oliver Flores. Although the Puerto Rican prevailed by unanimous decision, the contest raised doubts because he was in trouble against an opponent with questionable punching power. In fact, there is no longer confirmation that Verdejo would fight in June at Madison Square Garden in New York.

"We do not know when [his next fight] will be. We will wait first for the outcome of Flanagan and Petrov to then determine what will happen. I can not say definitively that it will be that world title fight, but so far it is what is being discussed," added Marquez.

"Felix is ??training for a world title fight. We do not have the certainty that this will be the case, but we have to prepare for that eventuality."

Verdejo is currently ranked first in the WBO classifications at 135 pounds.

"Felix has been doing the track work. He has also continued working with a sports psychologist and I understand that this has been very positive for Felix both for his concentration and for what he wants to do with his life and career. He's training like he's going to fight," said Marquez.

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

Is he ready to be champ yet? If he became champ will he be able to hold on to the belt for long? If the past is any indication of the future ... i say he better rethink trying to…

Comment by r1onnie2 on 04-04-2017

Felix ain't no where near ready for that yet.

Comment by Daniel_T5 on 04-04-2017

well im from the island...the word here is he likes to go to the casinos, riding bikes and hanging out...his trainer was on the radio a couple of weeks ago and said that he has too many distractions and doesnt…

Comment by SkillspayBills on 04-04-2017

[QUOTE=The Time;17564053]I had high hopes for this kid back in 2015. But with the constant struggles against opposition that he should be beating fairly easily. I lost faith and hope in him. At this stage of Cotto's and Trinidad's careers.…

Comment by Hatesrats on 04-04-2017

Verdejo drowns st the elite level. (Takes a knee)

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