Felix Verdejo public workout

The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated No. 3 world-rated lightweight contender FELIX "El Diamante" VERDEJO, will be celebrating his upcoming HBO Boxing debut by pressing the flesh and throwing some leather for his fans in New York. He will make a two-hour special appearance at The Bronx Cultural Arts Festival (152nd Street, between Jackson and Unions Avenues), This Saturday! May 30, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Verdejo will be taking the stage to answer questions followed by a meet & greet session where fans can get his autograph or pose for photos with him. He will end his day at the Festival with an hour-long public workout. Verdejo will be available for interviews.

"Last year the fans in New York made me feel like I was right at home with all the support and affection I received from them at the Bronx Festival," said Verdejo. "I'm very happy to go back and share a good time with all my boricuas in New York."


· 1:00 P.M. Q & A with Fans from Main Stage

· 1:15 P.M. Meet & Greet (Autographs and Photos)

· 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. Public Workout

Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino lightweight title against Ivan "Bam Bam" Najera (16-0, 8 KOs), of San Antonio, Saturday, June 13, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The card will also feature World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Nicholas "The Axe Man" Walters (25-0, 21 KOs), of Jamaica, defending his world title against Top-10 contender Miguel "The Scorpion Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs), of Colombia. The four gladiators boast a perfect combined record of 78-0 (60 KOs), which includes a victory by knockout ratio of 77%. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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