Felix Verdejo Sanchez is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. Sanchez competes in the lightweight division who won the WBO Latino lightweight title in 2015. He held the title from 2015 to 2017. He suffered his first loss to Antono Lozada Jr. in March 2018. As of May 2021, he has compiled a record of 29-27. He represented Puerto Rico at the 2012 Olympics.
He became the subject of a police investigation in April 2021 after he was named a person of interest in the disappearance and death of a pregnant woman named Keishla Rodriguez. He surrendered in May 2021.
What is Felix Verdejo Sanchez Famous For?
- Held the WBO Latino lightweight title from 2015 to 2017.
Where is Felix Verdejo Sanchez From?
Felix Verdejo Sanchez was born on 19 May 1993. His birth place is in San Juan in Puerto Rico. He holds Puerto Rican nationality. He was born to father Demetrio Verdejo Colon, and mother Madeline Sanchez. He has two brothers and two sisters. He belongs to mixed ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His zodiac sign is Taurus.
Felix Verdejo Sanchez Career
- Felix Verdejo started boxing at the age of 9.
- As an amateur, Sanchez was a Panamerican Youth Champion.
- He won the lightweight at the 2012 American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament.
- With the win, he qualified for the 2012 Olympics.
- He defeated Jose Huertas and Ahmed Mejri before losing to Vasyl Lomachenko in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympics.
- Sanchez turned professional in October 2012.
- He joined Top Rank signing for an undisclosed amount that reportedly included a bonification of $600,000.
- He won the “New Hispanic Promise” category of the 2013 Premios Juventud.
- BoxingScene and Top Rank voted him “Prospect of the Year”.
- He defeated undefeated Lauro Alcantar by TKO in only 21 seconds in 2014.
- He compiled a 16-0 record with 12 knockouts at the end of 2014.
- He was named 2014 “Prospect of the Year” by ESPN.com.
- Verdejo defeated Mexican Antonio Lopez in April 2015 to win the vacant WBO Latino Lightweight title.
- He defended his title against undefeated Ivan Najera and Josenilson Dos Santos in 2015.
- In February 2016, he defended his title against undefeated William Silva.
- He defeated Jose Luis Rodriguez via unanimous decision in April 2016.
- With his win against Rodriguez, he was ranked at No. 2 lightweight by WBA and no. 3 by WBO.
- He defended his WBO Latino title against Juan Jose Martinez in June 2016.
- Verdejo was considered a fight against Terry Flanagan for the world title. However, his motorcycle accident caused him serious injuries that canceled the possibility of a fight between the two. He suffered a head injury and small lacerations when he was traveling from Fajardo to Carolina.
- After recovery, he returned to fight in February 2017 where he defeated Oliver Flores.
- He pulled out of the fight against Antonio Lozada Jr. in 2017 due to injury.
- He went on a hiatus from boxing.
- He later returned to boxing with the announcement of his fight against Antonio Lozada Jr. in February 2018.
- He suffered his first professional loss at the hands of Lozada Jr.
- He took 8 months hiatus after his career-first professional loss.
- He returned to the ring with the fight against Yardley Armenta Cruz in November 2018. He defeated Cruz in the second round.
- He then defeated Bryan Vasquez via unanimous decision in April 2019.
- He changed his trainer and started working with renowned boxing trainer Ismael Salas.
- He defeated Manuel Rey Rojas in his first fight with a new trainer.
- He lost his WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title bout against Masayoshi Nakatani.
- He knocked Nakatani twice but lost in the ninth round after he was knocked down twice in the ninth round.
Felix Verdejo Sanchez Wife
Felix Verdejo Sanchez is a married man. He is married to Eliz Marie Santiago Sierra. Not much about his married life is available at present. They share a daughter together.
Sanchez became the subject of the police investigation in April 2021 after he was named by police as a person of interest in April 2021 in the disappearance of a 27-years-old pregnant woman named Keishla Rodriguez. Keishla was pregnant with Sanchez’s child. Sanchez surrendered to the police authorities on 2 May 2021 after Rodriguez was found dead. More details about his personal life will be updated here.
Felix Verdejo Sanchez Height
Felix Verdejo Sanchez stands at a height of 1.75 m i.e. 5 feet and 9 inches tall. He has a body weight of around 64 kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is dark brown and his hair color is black. His sexual orientation is straight.
Felix Verdejo Sanchez Net Worth
The Puerto Rican boxer Sanchez has earned his fortune from his professional boxing career. As of early 2021, he has suffered only two-loss in his professional career. His income comes from contracts, purses, and endorsements. At present, his net worth is estimated at $30 million.