As up to now suggested on BoxingScene.com, true Rank has no longer given up hope on Puerto Rican light-weight Felix Verdejo.
previous this month on the MGM Grand’s conference core in Las Vegas, Verdejo was knocked out by Japan’s Masayoshi Nakatani.
Verdejo all started the battle smartly, as he knocked down Nakatani in the first and fourth rounds.
Nakatani recovered, rallied, and then dropped Verdejo twice in the ninth for the stoppage.
“at this time we’ve asked Felix to rest and spend the holiday season together with his family,” spoke of Carl Moretti, vp of proper Rank, to Carlos Narvaez.
“I consider he had a superb combat and very interesting against an excellent opponent. Felix knocked him down twice, whatever thing that nobody had performed…. now not even Teófimo López. So I consider we should still now not seek the bad in this. Having knocked down this opponent indicates that he can compete at this stage.”
Verdejo changed into probably the most names that desirable Rank had shuffled for a future card in June at Madison rectangular garden the place they also plan to have undefeated Edgar Berlanga in action.
“I feel Felix.. possibly we may say that he made a tactical error. things like that happen in boxing and extra so in the event you face an opponent on that level,” Moretti pointed out.
Verdejo was mentioned as one of the most viable names to be matched up against López and former world champion Vassily Lomachenko. but that might be on hang.
“The simplest immediate issue we are able to say is that he can not fight Teofimo automatically. it is glaring that here’s not a chance. His defeat with Nakatani does not surprise us as a result of this turned into a very even combat. We were more surprised by his loss with Antonio Lozada. however this time it changed into a extremely competitive battle,” Moretti added.
With the loss, Verdejo, 27, saw his checklist drop to 27-2 and 17KO’s, whereas Nakatani, who had lost a unanimous decision a year ago to Teófimo López, stronger his list to 19-1 and 13KO’s.