Former interim world lightweight title challenger Tony Luis wants to share the ring with Puerto Rican star Felix Verdejo after witnessing what he says was another overmatched victory for the unbeaten fighter.
Verdejo, 22, took almost every round of ten from Jose Luis Rodriguez in San Juan at the weekend and is now lined up to fight ex-super featherweight contender Jose Felix Jr on June 11 in New York.
Luis, who has won his last two bouts since suffering a controversial loss to Derry Mathews in the UK, hopes to be in contention to face Verdejo later this year as the 28 year-old is confident of ending the world title prospect’s perfect run.
“Felix Verdejo did what he normally does on Saturday night. I saw an athletic guy exploit his advantages against an overmatched foe,” Luis told World Boxing News.
“The Mexican came to fight, withstood it all and kept coming but let’s see how he does with someone of equal ability who can match his speed.
“I know HBO isn’t going to let him fight just anybody, but If he wants to be treated like a star then there can be no journeymen allowed.
“I’m here, I’m waiting, I’m ready and willing, so Top Rank, call me. But don’t leave it until later, give me a full camp to prepare!
“Verdejo needs a step up. Let me step him up if they make me the right offer. Give me the proper notice, get his ass in the ring and I’ll take care of the rest,” he added.
Highly ranked by the WBO, Verdejo has won 21 contests with 14 stoppages, whilst Luis is 21-3 since turning pro in 2008 and boasts an eye-catching win over Karl Dargan from January of last year.