Puerto Rican light-weight contender Felix Verdejo is doing well and looking forward to rebuilding his career – after suffering a large setback past this month.
After building some steam with a looming 2021 conflict with unified champion Teofimo Lopez, the unexpected took area as Verdejo changed into knocked out within the ninth round by way of jap slugger Masayoshi Nakatani.
With the loss, Verdejo saw his record drop to 27-2 and 17 KO’s.
both of his defeats had been with the aid of knockout. And each defeats saw Verdejo fade down the stretch,
“i’m calm and satisfied because notwithstanding we failed to have the final outcomes we desired it became a massive fight and that i felt first rate. I think that by throwing all of the challenging shots within the past rounds reduced my stamina in the later rounds and that was the component in the remaining outcome,” Verdejo informed Carlos Narvaez.
“Nakatani arrived with a punch that we did not are expecting. (Ismael) Salas (my educate) advised me at the complete time that ‘there isn’t any deserve to make a multitude. you might be winning,’ but I didn’t completely hearken to the corner and got carried away (with trading punches).”
Nakatani, who was knocked down twice within the early rounds, thoroughly recovered to drop Verdejo twice for the knockout win in the ninth.
“I don’t rule out a rematch to eradicate that thorn. it would be something that i do know a lot of people would really like. however that determination became left to the promoter. i am nevertheless young and issues ensue in life for a purpose. I nonetheless are looking to be a global champion. I have the desire and the passion, and that’s what continues me here. I even have the caliber to be a world champion. what number of champions are there who are not as good as me, and with out trying to detract from them. however a loss doesn’t define one as a boxer. i am at my surest,” Verdejo talked about.
Verdejo is now conscious that he will must be greater patient than ever earlier than. properly Rank, his promoter, will be revising the course for him in 2021.
“i am aware that that they had very huge plans for me and that this defeat will now make it longer [to get there]. however for me it be only a be counted of getting back within the ring and resuming my streak of wins. because of the setbacks I actually have realized and here is no exception,” Verdejo pointed out.