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Felix Verdejo's Trainer Expects His Fighter To Return Stronger

By Miguel Rivera

Ricky Marquez, trainer and manager of Puerto Rican lightweight contender Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo, is confident that his boxer will return even stronger from last weekend's upset loss.

Verdejo (23-1, 15 KO's) took a major hit last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, when he was stopped in the tenth and final round by hard-hitting Antonio Lozada Jr. of Mexico.

A victory in that contest would have likely punched Verdejo's ticket to a showdown with the current 135-pound champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Raymundo Beltrán.

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Verdejo was dropped in the round and then found himself taking punishment until the ringside doctor signaled to the referee to stop the contest.

"There are no excuses for those who get up from failing in the search for victory," said Marquez to Jose Bartomlomei. "Only those who intend to go forward without fear of failure will one day succeed, I remain proud of Felix Verdejo.

"Because the warrior who goes down while fighting for his dreams does not have to be ashamed ever. Felix lost with a lot of gallantry before. Lozada deserves all our respect."

However, Márquez is worried about the physical condition of the 23 years old.

"We only need to see why his body did not respond after the weigh-in. He had such good physical conditioning thanks to the work of physical trainer Cruz Manuel 'Pensa' Garcia, sports psychologist, Manuel Rios Rigau... and also his discipline and dedication," Marquez added.

"Without excuses nor pretexts we will go back to the lab  to see what happened, and there we will use all of available resources to learn from this bitter drink, grow and emerge stronger."

At the time of the stoppage, the official judges had Verdejo in front with scorecards of 86-85, 87-84, and one saw Lozada winning with a score of 86-85. Verdejo was returning from an inactivity stint of 13 months.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BestPR on 03-20-2018

...Verdejo es "un periodico de ayer," ya todos lo han leido y noticia confirmada...I'm just glad they didn't blame his loss on Hurricane Maria...like everything else around here..turn the page!!

Comment by bigjavi973 on 03-20-2018

imo verdejo looked like he gassed hella easy.... he also looked alot more muscular than before.... he needs new trainers, hire a food/fitness coach etc all that I read somewhere that he still using the same trainer from his ams…

Comment by PrBoxing88 on 03-20-2018

I say that he needs a new trainer, Marquez had lots of time to fix Verdejos mistakes and he did not correct them, many people gave him the benefit of the doubt and didnt want other trainer for Verdejo but…

Comment by True That on 03-20-2018

[QUOTE=Rikanlynx86;18587547]Honestly man, Cotto was hurt early in his career, and Trinidad hit the canvas multiple times in his career. But as for Verdejo recent opponent, the dude was an unknown fighter from Mexico. And he was very imposing. He had…

Comment by Rikanlynx86 on 03-20-2018

[QUOTE=True That;18586827]Were Trinidad or Cotto getting hurt by these kind of guys consistently when they fought these kind of fighters? I think he's going to end up like Juanma. Once he steps up he's going to keep getting KO'd. We've…

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