Verdejo Eases Past Silva

By Marc Livitz on February 28, 2016
Verdejo Eases Past Silva
Felix Verdejo took formerly undefeated William Silva to school. (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

One judge, perhaps feeling some generosity towards Silva’s grueling flight from South America, gave him a round…

Felix Verdejo took formerly undefeated William Silva to school Saturday night at The Theater in Madison Square Garden. The unbeaten 22-year-old WBO Latino lightweight champion from San Juan, Puerto Rico, outclassed Silva as part of the co-main event of Terence Crawford’s super lightweight title fight versus Henry Lundy.

Silva tested his left jab early in the bout, but “Baby Face” soon found Verdejo to be a tough target to hit. Felix was easily the quicker of the two combatants and his activity levels soon picked up to end the round. He connected with a quick-fire combination to begin the second in an attempt to take advantage of Silva’s hesitance to engage. William countered his Puerto Rican opponent’s jab with a snapping right of his own. The Brazilian boxer began to look a step too slow in the third as Verdejo began to open up a bit more, yet with a hint of reservation. Silva kept searching for chances.

Felix himself was waiting to counter with his right hook throughout round four. He landed his finest shot of the bout up to that point in time just as the fifth was underway. A well timed straight right definitely got the attention of his adversary from Sao Paulo. He followed with another one as the round came to a close. With half of the ten-round contest now in the bag, one was left to wonder if 2012 Olympian Verdejo was on his way to an easy decision win. An uneventful sixth saw the gap in talent widen even more as Silva appeared to simply be waiting for his San Juan opponent to make just one good slip from concentration. It wasn’t happening, his face was beginning to redden, and another straight right from Felix accentuated the end of the round.

The seventh was no different as Verdejo built on his points lead. Silva looked content to take shots as long as he could shake his head back whenever he received a meaningful one and remained vertical throughout the eighth. The final two rounds were much of the same as Felix Verdejo cruised to an easy unanimous decision win. He appeared to try to get a knockout win in the closing minute of the contest.

Two judges turned in scorecards of 100-90. The third, perhaps feeling some generosity towards Silva’s grueling flight from South America, gave him one round with a ledger of 99-91. In the end, Verdejo remained unbeaten as he claimed his twentieth victory against no losses. William Silva was dealt his first loss as a professional as he fell to (23-1, 14 KOs).

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