New York City - Felix Verdejo (2-0, 1 KO) has shown an immediate sign that he can be a potential star in the ring and at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden Saturday evening there is no doubt he can be.
In his second pro fight as a lightweight, Verdejo, who represented Puerto Rico in the 2012 London Olympic Games, made it look easy with a quick stoppage in the first round over Tomi Archambault (1-4, 1 KO). It took five punches in the round and a quick left hook that put Archambault to the canvas.
The official time of the stoppage was 0:21 of the round. Verdejo, was fighting on the undercard of the Top Rank HBO telecast that includes three championship fights, the main bout pitting WBO world featherweight champion Orlando Salido defending against Miguel Angel Garcia.
“I did not expect to do this so quick,” said Verdejo of San Juan. It was his second professional fight after winning one of three fights at the Olympics. While not confirmed, the knockout may have set a new Madison Square Garden boxing record for an early stoppage to a fight.
Verdejo, signed by Top Rank, is scheduled to fight again in San Juan on a card in two weeks.
He said about the Garden crowd, many fans of Puerto Rican descent from New York, “They helped me and I heard them. I did what I had to do. No, never do I expect to knockout out someone so quickly.”