Saturday, Oct. 31st at the Osceola Heritage Park’s Exhibition Building
Kissimmee, FL on the UniMas network
Photo credits: Alex Melendez
Fans get a special treat on Halloween, when Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo returns to make his second defense of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino Lightweight championship against Brazil’s Josenilson Dos Santos (27-3, 17 KOs) at the Osceola Heritage Park’s Exhibition Building. The rising Puerto Rican star made the announcement at the Kissimmee Boxing gym during a jam-packed public workout.
In addition to the title he won in April by scoring a fifth-round stoppage of Marco Antonio Lopez, Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs) will risk his undefeated record against the veteran Dos Santos in the main event of a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card on the Spanish-language network UniMas. Presented by Top Rank in association with All Star Boxing, the fight will air at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
“I’m very happy to return to the same place where fans have treated me so well before,” said Verdejo, who’s scored knockout wins in all three of his previous fights in the Sunshine State. “I want Florida to be one of the main places I fight, along with Puerto Rico and New York. I want to give them all that love back with a big win on October 31.”
“Thanks to God, my hand is feeling better each day that passes,” continued the Puerto Rican Olympian, who had successful surgery on his left hand in June following a career-best win in his HBO debut over Ivan Najera at Madison Square Garden. “I know that on fight night it will be better than ever. I want to get back in the ring, so I can keep bringing happiness to my people.”
Carl Moretti, Vice President of Top Rank, added: “Thankfully, Felix’s hand has responded very well to the procedure and therapy since the operation. He will be back in the ring in front of thousands of fans that just continue to grow and grow with each appearance. Central Florida is an ideal place for this comeback to begin.”
Ricky Marquez, Verdejo’s trainer and manager, also praised Florida’s fight fans. “The return to Florida was something that was in our plans since the great support the fans gave Felix in his bout with Sergio Villanueva last year in Orlando. October 31 is the day to return to this public that makes us feel right at home.”
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Sunday, October 11 and are priced at $67 (ringside) and $35 (General Admission), plus fees. Fans can reserve their seats at the Silver Spurs Arena box office, on the web at Ticketmaster.com.