Felix Verdejo wins by decision
Felix Verdejo and Gamalier Rodriguez, top prospects from Puerto Rico, won their respective fights Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
Verdejo, one of three Olympians being pushed heavily by Bob Arum's Top Rank promotion, earned his seventh professional win in nine months by earning a six-round unanimous decision over Guillermo Delgadillo. All three judges scored the junior lightweight bout 60-53 in favor of Verdejo.
Delgadillo was knocked down in both the first and sixth rounds.
"I had my Puerto Rican pride [on full display]," said Verdejo, who now has a 7-0 record with five KOs, and who was accompanied to the ring by former three-time Puerto Rican champion Wilfredo Gomez.
"I'm very happy because it's another experience that gives me more maturity at this stage [of my career]. I think I looked good and the most important thing is that I will be active again really soon, on Oct. 5 [on HBO's Miguel Cotto-Delvin Rodriguez card] in Orlando."
In the main event, Rodriguez retained a regional featherweight title against Mexican Jorge Pazos via unanimous decision.
Judges Joseph Pasquale (98-92), Dana DePaolo (99-91) and Robin Taylor (99-91) saw Rodriguez win in what was his debut under the Top Rank banner.
"I feel good because I beat a very tough opponent," Rodriguez said. "I did what I needed to do and did a good fight. He didn't hurt me at all even though he has an unorthodox fighting style. But the important thing is that it's a victory, and above all, it helps us scale the featherweight division ranks."
Rodriguez hopes another impressive performance will help him land a bout with Orlando Salido or Orlando Cruz, who meet for the vacant WBO title in October.
Rodriguez improved to 22-2-3, with 15 KOs, while Pazos fell to 14-6-1, with 8 KOs.
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