Verdejo To Train With Abel Sanchez in Big Bear, Flanagan Eyed

By Miguel Rivera

Negotiations are ongoing for Felix 'Diamante' Verdejo's anticipated title fight, which if finalized will take place in the coming months.

Verdejo's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, revealed that he is in talks with his counterpart Frank Warren to finalize a deal where the Puerto Rican pugilist will challenge Terry 'Turbo' Flanagan, the current World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion at lightweight.

"I've talked to Warren and we'll continue to talk," Arum said yesterday to Carlos Gonzalez from his office in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Verdejo occupies the top spot in the WBO lightweight division and, in turn, is Flanagan's mandatory challenger (33-0, 13 KO's).

Flanagan retained the title last month when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over Petr Petrov, who at the time was sitting in the number two position in the lightweight rankings.

"The fight will happen during the summer or at the latest September. It is what we are discussing," Flanagan said.

Arum also pointed out that Verdejo will move to Big Bear, California, to train under the tutelage of Abel Sánchez, the current head coach of the middleweight king Gennady Golovkin and several others. Ricky Marquez is still in place as the head trainer of Verdejo, Arum noted.

"It is necessary that Verdejo is in great physical condition to have a great performance. Ricky recognizes that it is important for Felix to train outside of Puerto Rico and that is what we will do," said Arum.

There is still no clear picture regarding the venue of the match.

"It's something we're still negotiating," Arum said.

In his last match, Verdejo (23-0, 15 KO) overcame Oliver Flores by a unanimous decision at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. During that fight, Verdejo had a lot of trouble and struggled in the later rounds of the fight, and that caused concern for Marquez and Arum.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JrRod on 05-30-2017

[QUOTE=cotto#1p4p;17717304]Lots of distractions and too many "friends" that make him lose focus during training camp. Being isolated will help him with that, plus he'll get much better sparring partners.[/QUOTE] If he's having too many distractions then I hope this move…

Comment by bigjavi973 on 05-30-2017

he has distractions in pr imo

Comment by Corelone on 05-30-2017

Did somebody mention Floyd? Everybody is so worried about this prima donna. Angel Acosta deserves more credit, Sosa, Pedraza, Arroyo. Lot's of Puerto Ricans going to war, while Verdejo gets the royal treatment and spoon fed stiffs.

Comment by PrBoxing88 on 05-30-2017

Abel sanchez just says that he is really eager to train Verdejo sees in him GREAT potencial, Verdejo will be champion and put any doubt to sleep... I can see a Verdejo vs Garcia or Crawford in the future.

Comment by Bronx2245 on 05-30-2017

I would've taken him to see Mr. Ronnie Shields in Houston, TX!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (23)
Top Headlines Dillian Whyte To Anthony Joshua: I'm Here, Ready To Fight Next Photos: Sergey Kuzmin Stops Injured David Price in Four Joshua Wants Wilder-Fury Winner April 13 at Wembley Stadium Photos: Anthony Joshua Blasts Out Povetkin - MEGA Gallery Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker Photos: Shakhram Giyasov Breaks Down, Stops Laguna Danny Garcia: Porter Loss Was Tough, I Have A lot of Fight Left! Jayson Velez Demolishes Orlando Cruz in Two Rounds Krael Shocks Borrego on Mayweather Card, Bellows is Upset Selina Barrios Dominates Juarez: Wants Taylor, Mayer, Serrano Hearn: Fury is The Most Unentertaining Fighter I've Ever Seen! Anthony Joshua: I Got My Knockout Streak Back Povetkin Credits Joshua For Big Win, Has No Excuses Over Loss Arum Very Interested in Bringing Canelo and Golovkin To ESPN Danny Gonzalez Edges Johnny Hernandez in Tough Fight Hearn: We Want Wilder Now, It's Biggest Fight in World Boxing Firat Arslan, Emre Cukur, Tarik Sozer Victorius in Istanbul Fury Not Impressed With Joshua Win: Biggest Bum I Ever Saw Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Wembley Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin - CompuBox Punch Stats Joshua's Promoter: We'll Try For The Deontay Wilder Fight Again Anthony Joshua Drops, Stops Alexander Povetkin in Seventh Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jonathan Taconing Dominates Vince Paras, Retains in Manila Luke Campbell Gets Revenge, Decisions Yvan Mendy Joshua vs. Povetkin: CompuBox Historical Review Luke Campbell vs. Yvan Mendy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Lawrence Okolie Decisions Matty Askin in Very Ugly Fight Joshua Wants To Emulate Ronaldo and Pacquiao's Longevity Lawrence Okolie vs. Matty Askin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Stats & Stakes Sergey Kuzmin Stops a Tired David Price in Four Rounds David Price vs. Sergey Kuzmin - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Shakhram Giyasov Stops Laguna in Five Rounds Promoter: Joshua Knows What He Faces In Underestimated Povetkin Michael Dutchover Takes Out Berman Aguilar in Five Rounds Siesta: Upset on Joshua-Povetkin could change the boxing world Okolie Hopes To Move on To Next Level on Joshua Undercard Wilder vs. Fury, Joshua vs. Povetkin - CompuBox Final 4 Analysis

Latest Active Forum Threads