Flanagan vs. Verdejo Deal Reached For September 16

By Miguel Rivera

A deal has been reached for Felix Verdejo's long-awaited opportunity against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan.

For several weeks, the deal was being held up due to a drastic difference between the economic offer made to the boxer and the demands of his team.

Verdejo (23-0, 15 KO's) is ranked at number one and the mandatory challenger under the World Boxing Organization (WBO) at 135 pounds, and Flanagan (33-0, 13 KO's) was ordered by the sanctioning body to face him.


The fight is scheduled to take place on September 16th at the Copper Box in London, as part of the same show where WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders will defend his title against Willie Monroe Jr. BoxNation and BT Sport in the UK are sure to televise the fight.

Initially, there were some financial issues because Verdejo was only offered $175,000, while his team requested $450,000 to take the fight in the champion's backyard. A deal was reached between the parties that satisfied everyone.

For this contest, Verdejo will prepare in Big Bear, California, under the guidance of veteran coach Abel Sanchez, who is currently best known for his work with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, who ironically also returns on September 16 when he defends his titles against Canelo Alvarez in Las Vegas.

Verdejo's last few performances has not been very impressive, which is why Top Rank suggested that he leave Puerto Rico in order to train side by side with a coach like Sanchez. The fight against Flanagan will be by far be Verdejo's biggest step up in competition.

Ricky Marquez, coach and manager of Verdejo, confirmed the fight with Flanagan was a done deal.

"Well Puerto Rico, I'm happy to inform you that now it's official. There is a fight on September 16 in London. Felix Verdejo vs Terry Flanagan for the WBO lightweight world championship," Marquez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MexicanStyle#1 on 07-20-2017

[QUOTE=Kilrain;17839200]Stop with this BS. Linares came to UK and got a decision vs Crolla in the first fight, which was close, and won widely in the second. Crawford, Zlaticanin and Indongo both beat Burns on his home turf. It's not…

Comment by PrBoxing88 on 07-09-2017

Finally, time to show to the world what u made off... Verdejo by UD. Got all points in who wanna bet???

Comment by sicko on 07-08-2017

Sorry I just haven't see anything from Verdejo since he turned Pro :dunno: his Defense is bad! Looks like another JuanMa Lopez in the making who ate punches until he couldn't eat them anymore But we shall see all it…

Comment by periquero on 07-08-2017

[QUOTE=Corelone;17838246]They don't match thier guys so hard in PR. They like to KO everybody and make the crowd happy. How do you KO everybody at home, like that Angel Acosta guy, 100% KOS, then leave home and lose? The home…

Comment by periquero on 07-08-2017

[QUOTE=slimPickings;17839680]"Initially, there were some financial issues because Verdejo was only offered $175,000, while his team requested $450,000 to take the fight in the champion's backyard. [B]A deal was reached between the parties that satisfied everyone[/B]." What deal was reached that…

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