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Lozada: I Knew I Would KO Felix Verdejo, I Went For it in Tenth

By Miguel Rivera

Felix "El Diamante" Verdejo, once regarded as the best prospect in Puerto Rican boxing and the future heir to the throne of Miguel Cotto, has been declining for the last few years - due to injuries and lackluster performances.

On Saturday night at The Theater in New York's Madison Square Garden, his career came crashing when he was knocked down and then stopped in the tenth round of his clash with knockout artist Antonio Lozada Jr. of Mexico.

Verdejo was coming back after an inactivity stint of 13 months.

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 If Verdejo would have won, he could have punched his ticket to challenge the current lightweight champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Raymundo Beltrán.

The referee stopped the fight after Verdejo was taking too many punches. The local medical commission signaled to the referee to stop the fight, after Lozada Jr. badly hurt Verdejo in final round and sent him to the canvas. Verdejo had tried to survive.

Verdejo, now 25, saw his record fall to 24-1 and 16KO's. While Lozada Jr. improved to 39-3 and 33 KO's.

Lozada felt Verdejo had nothing left and knew that he needed a knockout in the final round.

And it was good thing that Lozada went for the KO, because Verdejo was winning on two scorecards at the time of the stoppage. The scores were 86-85, 87-84 for Verdejo, and the third saw Lozada win 86-85.

“I knew I had the chance to knock him out. I went for everything in the last round,” Lozada said.

“I felt like I was hurting him with every punch that I landed, even the jab. In the last round, I just kept on throwing, landing, and hurting him. Most people thought I couldn’t win this fight, and I shocked a lot of people.

"We knew that this was going to be the result of the fight anyway. I was going to continue pressuring him and all that taunting he was doing was going to end. It was just a matter of time. If he didn't make a decision to quit, the knockout was coming. Again, it was just a matter of time."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pakutu93 on 03-19-2018

[QUOTE=Wizardsh Salido is another mexican cheat! He got caught vs Guerrero with STERIODS!! The decision vs guerrero was overturned. All this 9 months bfor juanma fight look it up biatches!!POS aint no warrior!! Hes just antther mex weakling!!😡

Comment by Catrin on 03-18-2018

[QUOTE=Wizardsh;18583791]Salido is a warrior don’t ever insult salido by mentioning Verdejo in the same sentence. Salido is in a whole different level then that tomato can hype job[/QUOTE] Dammm right!

Comment by G G G on 03-18-2018

[QUOTE=Wizardsh;18583791]Salido is a warrior don’t ever insult salido by mentioning Verdejo in the same sentence. Salido is in a whole different level then that tomato can hype job[/QUOTE] You're right, shame on me. I apologize for my stupidity.

Comment by Wizardsh on 03-18-2018

[QUOTE=G G G;18583751]Time for Verdejo to retire. When you get KTFO at that level, you are overrated and should call it quits or live the career of a Salido if you're willing to die in the ring.[/QUOTE] Salido is a…

Comment by G G G on 03-18-2018

Time for Verdejo to retire. When you get KTFO at that level, you are overrated and should call it quits or live the career of a Salido if you're willing to die in the ring.

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