Félix Verdejo: Boxer (1993-)
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Félix Verdejo

Félix Verdejo

Félix Verdejo
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Birth 19 May 1993
Age 30 years
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Félix Verdejo Sánchez (born May 19, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer in the lightweight division. As an amateur he represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Summer Olympics as a lightweight.
Verdejo is currently ranked number one at lightweight by the WBO.

Amateur career

Verdejo was the winner at lightweight at the 2012 American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. Qualification was assured when Verdejo defeated a Mexican rival in the quarter-finals since the top-4 finishers qualified for the 2012 Olympics in his weight class.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Verdejo defeated Panamanian José Huertas in the first round with a score of 11-5. Then he defeated Tunisian Ahmed Mejri with a 16-7 score before losing to Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine in the quarterfinals 14-9.

Verdejo was also a Panamerican Youth Champion.

Professional career

Verdejo vs. Petchsamuthr Duanaaymukdahan at CotaiArena in Macau in November 2013

Early career

In October 2012, a 19 year old Verdejo became a professional by joining Top Rank, signing for an undisclosed amount that reportedly included a bonification $600,000 dollars.

Verdejo won the "New Hispanic Promise" category of the 2013 Premios Juventud on July 18 of that year. After closing his 2013 campaign, Verdejo was voted "Prospect of the Year" by BoxingScene and Top Rank. He also finished second in Yahoo!'s list, which noted that any other year he would have been a "slam dunk winner". In his first fight of 2014, Verdejo faced undefeated Lauro Alcantar, winning by knockout in only 21 seconds. Verdejo continued his success throughout 2014, going 7-0 with 6 KO, making his career record 16-0 (KO 12). ESPN.com would go on to name Verdejo 'Prospect of the Year' for 2014.

WBO Latino lightweight champion

Verdejo vs. Lopez, Najera

Verdejo would get his first chance to claim his first title, it was announced in January 2015. Top Rank announced Mexican Marco Antonio López (24-5, 15 KOs) as his opponent in a scheduled 8 round bout for February 28, however this was later changed to a 10-round bout and took place on April 25, due to verdejo injuring his hand. The fight was contested for the vacant WBO Latino lightweight title, which was only at stake for Verdejo as Lopez weight 4 pounds over the lightweight limit. The fight took place in Puerto Rico as Verdejo claimed the vacat title via a fifth-round technical knockout. At the time of stoppage, all three judges had it 40-36 in favour of Verdejo.

Verdejo made his first defence against undefeated American Ivan Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) on June 13 at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Verdejo, making his HBO debut, defeated Najera in a wide unanimous decision to retain the title. Verdejo scored two knockdowns and outpointed Najera with two judges scoring the bout 100-88 and one judge had it 99-89. Verdejo connected with 40% of his punches thrown compared to 30% from Najera.

Verdejo vs. Dos Santos, Silva

On December 11, Verdejo made a second successive defence of his WBO Latino title in Puerto Rico against Brazilian Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs). In round two, Verdejo hit a big right hand that dropped dos Santos, although dos Santos beat the count, referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. stopped the fight after a count was given.

Verdejo started off 2016 with a defence against undefeated Brazilian William Silva (23-0, 14 KOs) on the undercard of Crawford-Lundy on February 27, 2016 at the Madison Square Garden Theater. The fight was televised on HBO. Verdejo landed 106 of 421 total punches as he cruised to a one sided 10 round unanimous decision win against Silva who connected 45 of 325 total punches. Two judges had it 100-90 for Verdejo and the third judge had it 99-91.

Verdejo vs. Rodriguez, Martínez

Verdejo would next fight two months later, returning to Puerto Rico against 29 year old Mexican Jose Luis Rodriguez (18-8, 11 KOs), who was on a four fight win streak, on April 16 in a 10-round bout at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente. Verdejo was originally supposed to fight Daniel Evangelista (18-6-2, 14 KOs), who withdrew from the fight due to tendonitis. Verdejo won a one sided 10 round unanimous decision win over Rodriguez. He won the fight by the judges scoring it 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92. Verdejo used his power and speed advantage to punish Rodriguez with big shots to the head and body throughout the ten rounds. With this win, Verdejo was guaranteed a return to HBO at the Madison Square Garden Theater on June 11 against lightweight contender Jose Felix Jr. (33-1-1, 25 KOs). Following this win, WBA ranked Verdejo at #2 lightweight and WBO ranked him #3.

Verdejo fought on the undercard of the title fight between WBO super featherweight champion Martinez vs. Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 11, 2016. He defended his Latino title against 2nd tier Mexican boxer Juan Jose Martinez (25-2, 17 KOs), who had won six fights in a row since a seventh-round technical decision loss to Rey Bautista in September 2014. Verdejo was supposed to fight Felix Jr. however a deal could not be made, according to Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti, Felix asked for about 'four times the money available' for Verdejo's opponent. Verdejo, who had been criticized for his previous two decision wins, stopped Martinez in five rounds to retain his title. Verdejo was the aggressor, out-landing Martinez 90 to 36 and connected on 51 percent of his power shots. In Round 5, Martinez had a cut above his right eye and with 20 seconds remaining, Verdejo pinned Martinez against the ropes, before referee Michael Ortega jumped in at 2:40 and stopped the fight. Verdejo told his translator after the bout that he 'wants to fight the best'. Bob Arum spoke of the possibility of a world title fight between Verdejo and WBO champion Terry Flanagan for early November, however this would no longer be the case due to Verdejo suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident.


On December 6, 2016 Verdejo announced that he was close to returning to the ring, slated to be for February 3, 2017 in his native Puerto Rico. Weeks later Top Rank confirmed that he would indeed fight on that date against former super featherweight title challenger Oliver Flores (27-2-2, 17 KOs) at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan. Flores is coming off a stoppage loss in December 2015 to then WBA junior lightweight champion Takashi Uchiyama. The fight will air live on UniMas.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
22 fights 22 wins 0 losses
By knockout 15 0
By decision 7 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
23 N/A N/A TBA N/A – (12) Jun 10, 2017 United States Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 N/A N/A Nicaragua Oliver Flores N/A – (10) Feb 3, 2017 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico For WBO Latino lightweight title
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Juan José Martínez TKO 5 (10), 2:40 June 11, 2016 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO Latino lightweight title
21 Win 21–0 Mexico José Luis Rodríguez UD 10 April 16, 2016 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBO Latino lightweight title
20 Win 20–0 Brazil William Silva UD 10 Feb 27, 2016 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO Latino lightweight title
19 Win 19–0 Brazil Josenilson Dos Santos KO 2 (10), 2:26 Dec 11, 2015 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBO Latino lightweight title
18 Win 18–0 United States Iván Najera UD 10 Jun 13, 2015 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBO Latino lightweight title
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Marco Antonio López TKO 5 (10), 1:45 Apr 25, 2015 Puerto Rico Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO Latino lightweight title
16 Win 16–0 Spain Karim El Ouazghari TKO 4 (8), 1:27 Dec 13, 2014 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Sergio Villanueva KO 3 (8), 1:57 Oct 4, 2014 United States Bahía Shriners Events Center, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 Chile Oscar Bravo UD 8 Aug 16, 2014 Puerto Rico Héctor Solá Bezares Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Engelberto Valenzuela KO 1 (6), 1:17 Jun 7, 2014 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Iván Zavala KO 1 (6), 1:14 Apr 19, 2014 United States Bahía Shriners Events Center, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Juan Santiago TKO 3 (6), 1:26 Mar 22, 2014 Puerto Rico Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico
10 Win 10–0 Mexico Lauro Alcantar KO 1 (6), 0:21 Jan 25, 2014 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 Thailand Roonayut Boonraksa UD 6 Nov 24, 2013 Macau The Venetian Macao, Macau, SAR
8 Win 8–0 United States Gary Eyer TKO 2 (6), 2:53 Oct 6, 2013 United States Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Guillermo Delgadillo UD 6 Aug 10, 2013 United States Sands Casino Resort, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Corben Page TKO 4 (6), 1:48 May 18, 2013 Puerto Rico Rubén Zayas Montañez Coliseum, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
5 Win 5–0 United States Steve Gutierrez TKO 1 (4), 1:51 Apr 13, 2013 United States Radio City Music Hall, New York City, New York, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Martin Quezada TKO 2 (4), 0:51 Mar 23, 2013 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Zayas Montañez, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
3 Win 3–0 Puerto Rico José Santiago TKO 3 (4), 0:26 Feb 2, 2013 Puerto Rico Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón, Puerto Rico
2 Win 2–0 United States Tomi Archambault KO 1 (4), 0:21 Jan 19, 2013 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Leonardo Chavez UD 4 Dec 6, 2012 United States The Mirage, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Professional debut

Personal life

Felix Verdejo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has two brothers and two sisters. Verdejo, the only boxer in the family, started boxing when he was nine years old.

On August 7, 2016, Verdejo was involved in a motorcycle accident while traveling from Fajardo to Carolina, Puerto Rico. At first listed in critical condition, he recuperated quickly at a local hospital. He was with a companion, who was uninjured. He suffered a head injury and small lacerations. Verdejo was released from hospital on August 19.

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