TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico -- Junior lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo stopped Corben Page in the fourth round on Saturday night at Ruben Zayas-Montanez Coliseum.
Verdejo, who turned 20 on Sunday, was making his first scheduled six-round fight, but as has become his habit, he didn't let it go the distance. When referee Roberto Rodriguez Sr. called the fight at 1:48 of the fourth, it marked Verdejo's fourth stoppage in five fights.
"The punches I landed were strong, and the referee decided he couldn't continue," said Verdejo (5-0, 4 KOs), who said he was nervous fighting before a capacity crowd. "I think it hurt me that I was very anxious, but the important thing was that I won."
Verdejo dominated in every round, hitting Page, 24, of Springfield, Ore., with straight rights and body shots. It was notable, though, that the Puerto Rican prospect barely used his jab, one of his most lethal weapons.
In the third round, Verdejo dropped Page (4-6-1, 0 KOs) with a short left hook that inflicted such damage that Rodriguez asked the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission's doctor to examine him before authorizing him to continue.