lightweight contender Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo suffered the 2nd defeat of his career ultimate Saturday evening, when he turned into knocked out in the ninth round by means of Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani on the MGM Grand’s convention center in Las Vegas.
The loss became an important blow to Verdejo, who become being lined up for a potential conflict with unified light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez in 2021.
“That loss affects him extremely. Let’s be honest,” referred to Verdejo promoter, Bob Arum of top Rank, to Carlos Gonzalez. “he isn’t comprehensive. He can increase and recover. however is a huge setback.”
the primary defeat took region in 2018, additionally via knockout, however only a few were shocked when it came about as a result of Verdejo turned into lackluster in some of his prior performances.
The 2nd loss, meanwhile, came at a nasty time as a result of Verdejo had modified his whole working towards crew and looked excellent in his fresh fights. In his most contemporary combat, he blew out Will Madera in a single round with a sensational knockout.
Even against Nakatani, he scored two knockdowns in the first 4 rounds and became smartly forward on the scorecards – until Nakatani started to take over in the seventh, and dropped Verdejo twice within the ninth to end the combat.
“Verdejo appeared amazing, however he ran out of fuel. Nakatani, who become brave, recovered and received his punches inside. it’s how it is,” Arum mentioned.
Now that Verdejo is out of the mix for essential fights within the coming year, Arum explained that his business will be pressured to attract up a brand new course for the Puerto Rican Olympian. Verdejo turns 28 in may also.
“Now we ought to sit down down again to make a new plan. We agree with in him. We aren’t going to give up on him, even though it was a large setback,” Arum spoke of.