Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo signs with Top Rank

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Felix Verdejo, who represented Puerto Rico at London 2012 as a lightweight, has signed a pro deal with Top Rank.

Puerto Rican lightweight Olympian Felix Verdejo has signed a professional contract with Top Rank after an impressive showing at London 2012.

Verdejo, 19, didn't medal, but scored two wins before losing to the great Vasyl Lomachenko, 14-9, in the quarterfinals. The Puerto Rican's style was fun to watch, and he seemed very polished for his age -- obviously with things still to work on, but ahead of the curve without question.

After he lost to Lomachenko, while hanging in for the whole fight and staying competitive with the world's best amateur boxer, it seemed clear that this was a fighter to watch out for, and someone who would be hotly pursued by major promoters if he decided to go pro.

Todd duBoef, the Top Rank President credited with molding and nurturing the career of Miguel Cotto from his pro debut with Top Rank is thrilled with the acquisition.

"Felix is a young, exciting athlete who won many gold medals as an amateur. Between his pedigree and our expertise in developing champions, we anticipate the evolution of Puerto Rico’s next future star," said duBoef.

"My wish is to become a good professional fighter and make my country proud of my accomplishments. I know that Top Rank is the right company to take me where I want to go," said Verdejo.

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