|Todd duBoef, Top Rank president announces signing of Felix Verdejo
By Media Report on Doghouse Boxing (Oct 9, 2012) Photo © Peter Amador / Top Rank
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, announced
that 2012 Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo has inked a long-term
promotional agreement with Top Rank.
“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 Top Rank President Todd duBoef.
Rank has a very special relationship with the boxing-rich country of
Puerto Rico, which was nurtured twelve years ago with the signings of
2000 Puerto Rican Olympic Team members and future world champions Miguel
Cotto and Ivan Calderon.
The 19-year-old Felix Verdejo, a
lightweight, won two fights at the Olympic Games in London before losing
to eventual Gold Medal winner, and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist,
Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine.
"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,”
Verdejo is represented by manager Ricky Marquez
and will train in Puerto Rico. The date and place of his professional
debut will be announced soon.
“I am very pleased to have Felix
sign with Top Rank, they have a long and outstanding tradition in
developing and promoting fighters and we look forward to a long and
successful relationship with them,” said Marquez.
will be added to Top Rank’s current stable of Puerto Rican boxers which
includes two-time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez; world
champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez; former world champion and current world
ranked, Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.; contender Luis Cruz and prospects Camilo
Perez and Jonathan Gonzalez.
In addition to the Top Rank promoted
fighters, Puerto Rico has also produced legendary world champions Felix
“Tito” Trinidad, Wilfredo Gomez, and Wilfredo Benitez.
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