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Felix Verdejo returns on Oct. 4

Fighters Network

Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo will pursue his 15th victory against Mexico’s Sergio Villanueva on Oct. 4 at the Bahia Shriners Auditorium and Event Center in Orlando, Fla., Top Rank Promotions announced on Sunday.

“This will be my third time fighting in Orlando and I’m happy to return once again. It feels good to know that I can count on the support of the fans in Orlando. It feels like home,” said Verdejo (14-0, 10 knockouts), 21, a former Olympian who will face Villanueva (26-4-2, 12 KO’s) in his second eight-round fight.

“I don’t know much about my opponent but we know that Mexican fighters always come well-prepared to leave it all in the ring,” said Verdejo. “I will also be well-prepared. Like my trainer says, I’m going to pay the price in the gym, where fights are really won.”

Verdejo was last in action for August’s unanimous decision over Oscar Bravo.

“That first eight-round fight was a complete learning experience for me,” said Verdejo of the bout with Bravo.

Villanueva, 23, has lost two of his past three fights and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Rey Bautista in May.

In other bouts, featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez will meet Charlie Serrano and former Olympians Esquiva Falcao and Jantony Ortiz will also appear on the card.

Falcao is a 2012 Brazilian Olympic silver medalist who is competing as a super middleweight and Ortiz is a bantamweight from Puerto Rico.