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Injured Verdejo's 2015 Debut On Hold

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Injured Verdejo's 2015 debut on hold


Updated: February 3, 2015, 2:13 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Puerto Rican lightweight Felix Verdejo, the 2014 ESPN.com prospect of the year, will have to wait a bit longer for his 2015 debut.
Verdejo, a 2012 Olympian, was due to face Mexico's Marco Antonio Lopez (24-5, 15 KOs) on Feb. 28 in a scheduled eight-rounder in the main event of a UniMas-televised card in Tampa, Florida. However, the 21-year-old Verdejo (16-0, 12 KOs) suffered a left hand injury training for the fight and he withdrew on Tuesday.

"Hand injuries are unfortunately part of the temporary roadblocks that all fighters suffer regardless of their level," Top Rank vice president Carl Moretti said. "Felix is no different in that aspect. We hope to reschedule him as soon as his injury is properly healed."

Top Rank said that an MRI showed Verdejo has swelling of the metacarpal tendon in his left hand. There are no fractures or tears, but Verdejo will lay off using his left hand for about a month.

"I was very happy because I was going to fight for the first time in Tampa, and I know that a lot of people want to see me fight there," Verdejo said. "I'll still be in Tampa on Feb. 28 to support my teammates [Christopher Diaz and Francisco Vargas], who will be fighting on the card."....

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