By Miguel Rivera
The Puerto Rico Police have released a statement that 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.
Gardy Lopez, a rep for Verdejo's promoter Top Rank, confirmed the information to El Nuevo Dia but had no further details on Verdejo's injuries - if any.
"Apparently it was a motorcycle accident in Rio Grande. What we know is that he is stable and is on his way to a Medical Center from what his mom tells us," Lopez said.
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.
Frank Warren, who promotes Flanagan, has a good relationship with Arum and is interested in the Verdejo fight.