Former top prospect Felix Verdejo will continue his quest to finally live up to his potential on January 18th, taking on Manuel Rey Rojas as part of the Eleider Alvarez-Michael Seals card in Verona, New York. It will take place on the ESPN+ undercard.
Notably, this will be Verdejo’s (25-1, 16 KO) first fight under the tutelage of new trainer Ismael Salas, with whom he teamed up last month. It’s “Diamante’s” latest and perhaps final opportunity to recapture the buzz that made him ESPN’s 2014 Prospect of the Year. The 26-year-old is still in the midst of a recovery tour following a disastrous knockout loss to Antonio Lozada in March of last year, having knocked out Yardley Armenta Cruz and taken a decision over former title challenger Bryan Vazquez.
On a side note, Cruz has 11 knockout losses and is just 25 years old, falling to the likes of Romero Duno, Richard Commey, and the aforementioned Verdejo. They also let him fight again within two months of a TKO loss to Austin Dulay. They’re going to get this kid killed.
Rojas (18-3, 5 KO) is a club fighter out of Dallas; don’t expect him to be much of a stress test for the Verdejo-Salas partnership.