Puerto Rican lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo has a new opponent for his next fight, which will come on the June 11 HBO doubleheader from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, as he'll now face Mexico's Juan Jose Martinez in a 10-round bout.
Verdejo (21-0, 14 KO) made his HBO debut in February, with a wide decision win over William Silva. He returned on April 16 in Puerto Rico, with another wide decision win over Jose Luis Rodriguez on UniMás' Solo Boxeo Tecate series. He's received some criticism for both performances, though he's also barely lost a round in either fight.
Martinez (25-2, 17 KO) has won six straight fights over mid-level or lower competition, after a technical decision loss to Rey Bautista in 2014. His other loss came in his second pro fight in 2010. Verdejo's first scheduled opponent for this show was earlier reported to be Jose Felix Jr, which on paper was a slightly better fight, one could argue. Top Rank's Carl Moretti told ESPN.com that Felix asked for "four times more money" than was available for the slot opposite Verdejo.