Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Felix Verdejo vs. Oliver Flores Set For February 3, UniMas

By Francisco Salazar

Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo was in line to fight WBO lightweight contender Terry Flanagan on Nov. 5 before suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident postponed that fight.

After months of recovery and rehabilitation, Verdejo is ready to return to the ring.

Verdejo will fight Oliver Flores on February 3 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Top Rank announced Friday morning.

felix-verdejo_1

The Verdejo-Flores bout, along with the Christopher Diaz-Efrain Esquivias fight, will be broadcast on UniMas, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT.

Verdejo (22-0, with 15 knockouts) has not fought since stopping Juan Jose Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 11.

The 23-year-old Verdejo, who is the mandatory challenger for Flanagan's world title belt, was scheduled in line to fight Flanagan before sustaining head trauma and lacerations to his face and left arm from the motorcycle accident on August 6.

"Fighting at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente is the continuation of a dream of mine and the opportunity to demonstrate to the world that I am ready to give a world title to my island," said Verdejo in a news release. "I want to send a message to (WBO Champion) Terry Flanagan that I'm not a tune-up for anybody."

In his last bout on Dec. 31, Flores (27-2-2, 17 KOs) was stopped in the third round at the hands of WBA Super World junior lightweight titleholder Takashi Uchiyama.

Opening the 'Solo Boxeo' broadcast will be unbeaten featherweight Christopher Diaz face former junior featherweight contender Efrain Esquivias.

Diaz (19-0, 11 KOs), who is from nearby Barranquitas, has fought on numerous fight cards and trains alongside Verdejo.

In his last bout on November 18, Verdejo won a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Fernando Vargas.

Esquivias (17-5-1, 10 KOs), a former National Golden Gloves champion, has lost his last three bouts since his upset win over Rafael Marquez in September of 2013.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by yngwie on 12-24-2016

I see why people thinks that Verdejo isn't all that, to be honest, i have the same feeling about JoJo Diaz and some others. But back in 2012, besides the medalists, Verdejo was my favorite prospect out of the olympics,…

Comment by 285Kid on 12-24-2016

[QUOTE=Corelone;17305235]Thank the lord for Sosa and Pedraza. I remember people saying Verdejo would be champion in 2015, then 2016 and now 2017. This is one long build up. Verdejo will be a forty year old prospect at this rate,[/QUOTE] 23…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 12-24-2016

[QUOTE=daggum;17305400]he's boxings next superstar. they keep telling us that so it must be true.[/QUOTE] Did Google say that? If it didn't then it's not.

Comment by daggum on 12-24-2016

[QUOTE=jonnyc420;17302913]Havent seen anything really special about this kid. I dont see him going far at all.[/QUOTE] he's boxings next superstar. they keep telling us that so it must be true.

Comment by BigZ44 on 12-24-2016

Might try to make a quick weekend trip and see this card

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Kell Brook Keeps Tight-Lipped on Talk of Dominic Ingle Split Michael Conlan Pumped To Fight on Same Card as Carl Frampton Cornflake LaManna vs. Mike Arnaoutis on November 16 LeShawn Rodriguez Aims To Impress on Facebook Watch Card Khabib Holds Talks in Moscow, Hoping For Mayweather Fight Martin Murray Added To Josh Warrington-Carl Frampton Card Josh Taylor vs. Ryan Martin - Undercard Update Jaime Munguia Will Make Defense in December or January DiBella: Hunger Will Separate Derevyanchenko From Jacobs Hearn: Only Way Fury Beats Wilder Is To Bore Pants Off Everyone Callum Johnson Talks Beterbiev, Badou Jack, European Title Shot Mundine Vows To Sit if Anthem is Played Before Horn Fight Brian Rose Aims To Stop The Run of Luke Keeler on Dec. 14 Fielding: If I Beat Canelo at MSG - I'll Be The New Face of Boxing! Canelo May Consider Remaining at Super Middleweight Gilberto Ramirez Training Hard For Jesse Hart Rematch Jose Zepeda Breaks Down, Stops Domicio Rondon in Seven Regis Prograis Explains Flanagan Pick, Only Wants Best Fights Loeffler: Canelo Needs Golovkin More Than GGG Needs Him! Julian Williams: Munguia is Green as Grass, I'll Never Get Him Malignaggi on McGregor Loss: He's Bigger P*ssy Than I Thought! Murata: I'm Not Good With Quick Feet Fighters, I Took a Beating Machado: Everyone Knows I'm Real WBA Champ, Not Gervonta Davis Tommy Fury, Tyson's Brother, Aims To Be a World Champion Anthony Yigit Warns Ivan Baranchyk To Expect To Get Shocked Brant's Promoter Says Murata Rematch is Real Possibility Neeco Macias vs. Jesus Soto Karass - Nov. 8, Golden Boy on ESPN Christopher Diaz is Back: November 24 in San Juan, Puerto Rico Canelo, Golden Boy Deal Extended By Four Fights, Says Gomez Photos: Hughie Fury Hits Sofia as Kubrat Pulev Clash Looms Photos: Sullivan Barrera, Seanie Monaghan - Putting in Work Hearn: How Can Mayweather Hold Back Davis From Making More Money? Hughie Fury Not Bothered By Likely Hostile Crowd in Sofia Michael Conlan Officially Added To Frampton-Warrington Card UK News: Tommy Fury Debut, Jack Brubaker, Bob Yalen Jake Ball Injured, Withdraws From Craig Richards Fight Pacquiao: I Want To Face Top PBC Fighters For Rest of Career Arsen Goulamirian Breaks Down, Stops Mark Flanagan in Nine Gloferson Ortizo Secures Split Nod Win Over Mario Esparza Felix Cash Goes For WBC Regional Title at Copper Box Arena
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement