Verdejo Trainer On Underwhelming Performance

Walking into what was the biggest fight of his career, Felix Verdejo was expected to light up Bryan Vasquez on the undercard of Amir Khan and Terance Crawford’s welterweight title fight.

Verdejo would suffer a cut to the eye and a bumpy performance, but walked away with a unanimous decision on April 20th.

Following his performance, many were astounded that Verdejo lacked the aggression needed in a fight that if he lost, may had been his last with Top Rank.

Verdejo’s trainer, Ricky Marquez told reporters this week that: “It’s a fact that Felix did not fight as we expected and we accept the constructive criticism [the critics] want to make…We can not cover the sky with our hands, but we had before us a opponent that we knew was uncomfortable, crafty and difficult to look good against because of his skills, experience and movements, and I told that to the press a few days before the fight.

[Vasquez’s] three losses in 40 fights had been against three world champions and even so Felix dominated him in at least eight of the ten rounds, but he did not follow some instructions and in short he looked lower than the Felix we know. Now we will continue working because there is always room for improvement.”

With the win, Verdejo now aims for a title shot at 135 pounds, which could be against fellow Top Rank stablemate Vasyl Lomachenko or Richard Commey. Verdejo could be in contention for the WBC title if current champion Mikey Garcia abdicates the belt.


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