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Former Coach Did Not See Much of a Change in Felix Verdejo

Felix Verdejo self-criticized his performance on Saturday, in a fight where he debuted with new head trainer Ismael Salas in the corner.

“I give myself a C,” stated Verdejo, after securing a unanimous decision by way of 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92 scores over Manuel Rey Rojas.

Verdejo, an Olympian for Puerto Rico, improved his record to 26-1.

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Verdejo had his first 26 fights with Puerto Rican coach Ricky Márquez.

The two parted ways last year and are now involved in a legal battle. Marquez also served as Verdejo's manager.

"There is a long way to go before I reach the level I want and I know I can be," Verdejo told the media.

Marquez saw the fight of his former pupil and noticed Verdejo was in good physical condition, but still with a defensive deficiency.

“I saw him in good physical condition. He still has to work on his defense. Apart from that, I didn't see much difference,” said Marquez to Fernandez Reyes.

“He stayed in the line of attack of the opponent, without using lateral movements, and those were things that before the [motorbike] accident he had used quite well."

Another coach who saw Márquez's fight was former world champion Iván Calderón, who trains Jeyvier Cintrón.

Calderón said he saw weak areas in Verdejo and noticed some positive changes. He explained that he noticed a Verdejo was using his right jab and the right.

"There were changes in the first three rounds," said Calderón, who however added that Verdejo subsequently reverted back when Rojas pressed him.

“Still, when there is pressure, he falls back to the style he had used before. Things did not go wrong, but doubts continue to arise as to what can happen to him when he faces quality opponents."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by JD88 on 01-20-2020

Why trainer are criticizing!!! Calderon can’t said nothing because his fighter lost a fight, and didn’t do his job as a trainer. Marquez had him from the beginning and lost him, because instead of stayed dedicated to him, he started…

Comment by Ricardi on 01-20-2020

I think he's talented enough to win a title but not against lomancenko more like a Javier Fortuna if loma ever vacates the belts .

Comment by daggum on 01-20-2020

verdejo is boxings next star!

Comment by Corelone on 01-20-2020

[QUOTE=richardt;20337283]Right now Matias is looking so much more of a complete fighter than Verdejo. It is almost like for years they have been trying to put the pieces of Verdejo together like a jigsaw puzzle where they are missing pieces.…

Comment by richardt on 01-20-2020

Right now Matias is looking so much more of a complete fighter than Verdejo. It is almost like for years they have been trying to put the pieces of Verdejo together like a jigsaw puzzle where they are missing pieces.…

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