Felix Verdejo and Nonito Donaire Set for Double Header Nov.12


Felix VerdejoThe boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE, will host a press conference Tomorrow! Thursday, November 12, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino (200 Convention Blvd., San Juan, P.R. 00907) to announce their upcoming championship doubleheader. The press conference will begin at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, will be making his homecoming fight a 10-round defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Josenilson Dos Santos (25-3, 15 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brasil. Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, in a 12-round rumble.

An injury has forced Puerto Rico’s Felix Verdejo to cancel his bout on the October 31 event at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, FL. Verdejo was scheduled to face Brazil’s Josenilson Dos Dantos (27-3, 17 KOs) in the main event of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card.

In his last appearance in the ring, Verdejo defeated previously unbeaten Mexican prospect Ivan ‘Bam Bam’ Najera via wide unanimous decision in a bout that took place last June at Madison Square Garden in New York on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Promoted by Top Rank®, both fights will be televised live on the “MetroPC Friday Night Knockout on truTV,” beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank and produced in association with HBO Sports®. Find truTV on your TV: http://trutvishere.com/.

Donaire will face Cesar Juarez on Dec. 11 (truTV) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, likely for a vacant junior featherweight world title, the belt recently stripped from Guillermo Rigondeaux because of inactivity. Rigondeaux’s career-best win came by decision against Donaire in a 2013 junior featherweight world title unification bout.

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