SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – It’s fight week for the 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!. Both will headline, in separate title bouts, the year-end finale of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, which will be televised LIVE from Roberto Clemente Coliseum This Friday! December 11, on truTV, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT . The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank® and produced in association with HBO Sports®. Find truTV at: http://trutvishere.com/.

Verdejo (18-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, will be making his homecoming 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, and Donaire (35-3, 23 KOs), from General Santos City, Philippines, who is on the cusp of another world title shot, will be challenging WBO International junior featherweight champion and No. 1 world-rated contender Cesar Juarez (17-3, 13 KOs), of Mexico City, in a 12-round rumble.

The four warriors boast a combined record of 95-9 (64 KOs) — a winning ratio of 91%, with 2/3 of their total victories coming by way of knockout.


“When I was down on the canvas in the Walters fight I thought to myself, ‘this is a blessing.’ It was a blessing because I had lost my way, not giving boxing the respect it deserves. I was searching for something. I was unsatisfied. I went home and re-dedicated myself to the sport. I worked harder in the gym. I got out bed early in the mornings and did my
running. I went to a Tony Robbins seminar for motivation and then read the book, The Power of Habits.

Photo by Peter Amador for Top Rank Boxing
Photo by Peter Amador for Top Rank Boxing

“My opponent is a tough guy and he is hungry like a wolf. My job is to beat the wolf. He’s actually ranked higher than me. He is No. 1 and I am No. 2.

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“I must win on Friday night. I am out of setbacks.

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“I feel like I am 21 again. My speed has increased. I can feel my power is much stronger. My happiness is back. I had a great camp.

“But I know what must be done.

“I must win.”


“It was Felix “Tito” Trinidad who inspired me when I was a very young fighter. He has given me a lot of advice. We are friends and I hope Tito comes to the fight on Friday night.

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“I have no pain in my hand. I feel great. I like to feel 100 percent when I get into the ring, so I waited until my hand was completely healed for this fight.

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“I feel comfortable at 135 pounds and do not have a problem making that weight. I can make 130 pounds if my promoter Top Rank asks.

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“This is a big fight card and I am in the main event. I think of all the sacrifices me and our team made to get here. All of the hard work in the gym has paid off.”

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