Felix Verdejo Pleads Not Guilty

By: Sean Crose Welterweight Felix Verdejo has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered Keishla Ortiz and her unborn child. Ortiz went missing on April 29th. Her body was found in a lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 1st. Verdejo turned himself into authorities on May 2nd. Last Thursday, May 6th, he and his reputed accomplice, Luis Antonio Cádiz-Martínez, were indicted for "carjacking resulting in death...kidnapping resulting in death...killing an unborn child." Verdejo appeared virtually in court Tuesday from a jail in Guaynabo, where he is now staying.  Judge Camille Vélez Rivé oversaw the hearing, asking Verdejo if he had read and understood the charges against him. Verdejo indicated that he had, then presented the not guilty plea. The Orlando Sentinel reports that "Verdejo is represented by federal legal aid attorney Laura Maldonado Rodríguez and private attorney José Irizarry Pérez and David Ruhnke, appointed by the court as an expert attorney in death penalty cases." The defense didn't ask for bail, and Rive ordered that the fighter continued to be held until trial. Jonathan Gotftried acted as prosecutor for the government at Tuesday's hearing. Cádiz-Martínez is now reportedly helping the government as a witness. The prosecution alleges that Verdejo and Cadiz-Martinez led Ortiz into a vehicle on April 30th. Verdejo then punched her and injected the pregnant woman with a drug. Having bound Ortiz with wire and having tied her to at least one brick, both men drove out to a bridge, where Verdejo subsequently threw Ortiz into the water. The former Olympian then reportedly fired a gun at Ortiz, though the cause of death for Ortiz was drowning. Ortiz had apparently wanted to inform the married Verdejo that she was pregnant with his child. The child was reportedly a month old. Ortiz' face was said to have had fractures when her body was discovered. She was 27 at the time of her death. Verdejo and Ortiz had reportedly known each other since junior high school. Although Verdejo is eligible for the death penalty if found guilty, Ortiz' family members have indicated they would prefer to have the fighter spend the rest of his days in incarceration. Verdejo, 27, has a child with with his wife, Eliz Marie Santiago Sierra. Verdejo's promotional outlet, Top Rank Promotions, removed the welterweight from it's online fighter list last week. Verdejo was last in the ring back in December where he was defeated by Masayoshi Nakatani. The post Felix Verdejo Pleads Not Guilty appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Felix Verdejo Pleads Not Guilty

By: Sean Crose

Welterweight Felix Verdejo has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered Keishla Ortiz and her unborn child. Ortiz went missing on April 29th. Her body was found in a lagoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 1st. Verdejo turned himself into authorities on May 2nd. Last Thursday, May 6th, he and his reputed accomplice, Luis Antonio Cádiz-Martínez, were indicted for "carjacking resulting in death...kidnapping resulting in death...killing an unborn child."

Verdejo appeared virtually in court Tuesday from a jail in Guaynabo, where he is now staying.  Judge Camille Vélez Rivé oversaw the hearing, asking Verdejo if he had read and understood the charges against him. Verdejo indicated that he had, then presented the not guilty plea. The Orlando Sentinel reports that "Verdejo is represented by federal legal aid attorney Laura Maldonado Rodríguez and private attorney José Irizarry Pérez and David Ruhnke, appointed by the court as an expert attorney in death penalty cases." The defense didn't ask for bail, and Rive ordered that the fighter continued to be held until trial. Jonathan Gotftried acted as prosecutor for the government at Tuesday's hearing. Cádiz-Martínez is now reportedly helping the government as a witness.

The prosecution alleges that Verdejo and Cadiz-Martinez led Ortiz into a vehicle on April 30th. Verdejo then punched her and injected the pregnant woman with a drug. Having bound Ortiz with wire and having tied her to at least one brick, both men drove out to a bridge, where Verdejo subsequently threw Ortiz into the water. The former Olympian then reportedly fired a gun at Ortiz, though the cause of death for Ortiz was drowning. Ortiz had apparently wanted to inform the married Verdejo that she was pregnant with his child. The child was reportedly a month old. Ortiz' face was said to have had fractures when her body was discovered. She was 27 at the time of her death.

Verdejo and Ortiz had reportedly known each other since junior high school. Although Verdejo is eligible for the death penalty if found guilty, Ortiz' family members have indicated they would prefer to have the fighter spend the rest of his days in incarceration. Verdejo, 27, has a child with with his wife, Eliz Marie Santiago Sierra. Verdejo's promotional outlet, Top Rank Promotions, removed the welterweight from it's online fighter list last week. Verdejo was last in the ring back in December where he was defeated by Masayoshi Nakatani.

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Canelo Alvarez Open To One More Fight Against Gennadiy Golovkin Under One Condition: “It Would Be At 168 Pounds”

By: Hans Themistode Canelo Alvarez made a bit more room on his championship mantle. The unified super middleweight titlist added the WBO belt previously held by Billy Joe Saunders to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine champions. The two faced off this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Saunders, 31, called it a night at the end of the eighth round after suffering a quadripod facial fracture. With the win, Alvarez is only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. In order to do so, Alvarez will look to take on IBF titlist, Caleb Plant. While negotiations between both sides are yet to begin, current IBF middleweight champion, and long-time rival, Gennadiy Golovkin, may attempt to interject. With the pair sharing a long history with one another, Alvarez admits that the two may meet in the ring once more. Be that as it may, Golovkin will have to wait his turn. “The truth is, I’m open for anything,” said Alvarez during an interview with Ring Magazine. “If the fight happens after unifying at 168 pounds, I'm open for anything." For Golovkin, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer still has a bone to pick with Alvarez. In September of 2017, the Kazakstan native was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw against Alvarez. Unsatisfied with the results, Golovkin opted to have an immediate rematch and was subsequently defeated for the first time in his career via majority decision. Since then, Golovkin has gotten back to his winning ways, stopping both Steve Rolls and Kamil Szeremeta while sandwiching a decision victory against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in between. Alvarez, of course, has been busy adding up the wins as well. The pound-for-pound star has picked up world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before ultimately settling in at super middleweight. Although Golovkin has now been a pro for a decade and a half, he has spent his entire career in the middleweight division. Despite Golovkin’s comfort at 160 pounds, Alvarez is enjoying his time eight pounds north. If Golovkin expects to get his hands on the Mexican star one final time, he’ll have to campaign at a higher weight class for the first time in his career. “I’m open for anything, but it would be at 168 pounds,” continued Alvarez. “If he wants the fight with me, he has to do it. Why wouldn’t he do it? I went up from 154 up to 160 to fight with him. I’ve fought a lot of good fighters, a lot of champions. I beat him.” The post Canelo Alvarez Open To One More Fight Against Gennadiy Golovkin Under One Condition: “It Would Be At 168 Pounds” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Canelo Alvarez Open To One More Fight Against Gennadiy Golovkin Under One Condition: “It Would Be At 168 Pounds”

By: Hans Themistode

Canelo Alvarez made a bit more room on his championship mantle. The unified super middleweight titlist added the WBO belt previously held by Billy Joe Saunders to his WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine champions. The two faced off this past weekend at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Saunders, 31, called it a night at the end of the eighth round after suffering a quadripod facial fracture. With the win, Alvarez is only one title away from becoming the first undisputed super middleweight of all time. In order to do so, Alvarez will look to take on IBF titlist, Caleb Plant.

While negotiations between both sides are yet to begin, current IBF middleweight champion, and long-time rival, Gennadiy Golovkin, may attempt to interject. With the pair sharing a long history with one another, Alvarez admits that the two may meet in the ring once more. Be that as it may, Golovkin will have to wait his turn.

“The truth is, I’m open for anything,” said Alvarez during an interview with Ring Magazine. “If the fight happens after unifying at 168 pounds, I'm open for anything."

For Golovkin, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer still has a bone to pick with Alvarez. In September of 2017, the Kazakstan native was forced to settle for a highly controversial split decision draw against Alvarez. Unsatisfied with the results, Golovkin opted to have an immediate rematch and was subsequently defeated for the first time in his career via majority decision.

Since then, Golovkin has gotten back to his winning ways, stopping both Steve Rolls and Kamil Szeremeta while sandwiching a decision victory against Sergiy Derevyanchenko in between. Alvarez, of course, has been busy adding up the wins as well. The pound-for-pound star has picked up world titles at middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight before ultimately settling in at super middleweight.

Although Golovkin has now been a pro for a decade and a half, he has spent his entire career in the middleweight division. Despite Golovkin’s comfort at 160 pounds, Alvarez is enjoying his time eight pounds north. If Golovkin expects to get his hands on the Mexican star one final time, he’ll have to campaign at a higher weight class for the first time in his career.

“I’m open for anything, but it would be at 168 pounds,” continued Alvarez. “If he wants the fight with me, he has to do it. Why wouldn’t he do it? I went up from 154 up to 160 to fight with him. I’ve fought a lot of good fighters, a lot of champions. I beat him.”

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