Garcia: Verdejo-Rodriguez Could Be Like Cotto-Margarito!

By Ryan Burton recently sat down with top trainer Robert Garcia, who has a stable of fighters that is rapidly growing.

One fighter he works with is exciting super featherweight prospect Saul Rodriguez (19-0-1, 14KOs) who recently scored a first round stoppage of Ivan Najera at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The unexpected short ending was the most impressive outing for Rodriguez to date.

A fight that many fans would like to see is the young Mexican-American against his promotional stablemate Felix Verdejo of Puerto Rico who campaigns at 135 pounds but has stated on many occasions that he can make the super featherweight limit.

Verdejo, who also sports a 19-0 record with 14 knockouts, went the full ten round distance with Najera last June in an HBO televised fight. 

Garcia feels that the fight could be a big event in the future after both youngsters build up their names.

"I think that Top Rank will build that fight up. That could be a big fight down the road and maybe be a HBO Championship Boxing or maybe even a pay-per-view fight but not right now. That fight is at least a few years away from when it is big and means something. It could end up being a Cotto-Margarito 1 type of fight," Garcia told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by IAM on 01-03-2016

Rodriguez will end up quitting on his stool! Mexican style :loser::loser:

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 01-02-2016

[QUOTE=Arma316;16366457][B][SIZE="7"]It's well documented that he had an injured hand. [/SIZE][/B] I've seen pretty much all of Saul's fights. He packs really good power, but his defense is bad, and he's a bit slow on his feet. Verdejo at 17 gave…

Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 01-02-2016

Except for the fact that cotto and margarito were proven top level guys that had actually fought and beaten top guys.. Verdejo hasn't fought a guy with a pulse yet

Comment by Arma316 on 01-02-2016

[QUOTE=!WAR ROSADO!;16366369]he was injured doe lol And? lmfao thats his fault, his hands are brittle. Lol rios fougth bradley drained ... whos fault is that both are good to great fighters I just think from what I have seen of…

Comment by -SWIFT- on 01-02-2016


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