Boxer Felix Verdejo allegedly abducted ex-lover resulting in tragic death

Felix Verdejo will stand trial for the alleged abduction that led to the death of former lover Keishla Marlen Rodriguez early next year.

The Puerto Rican boxer – who fought at London 2012 – will be in court on February 27, 2023. Verdejo, 28, and Luis Antonio Cadiz-Martinez face charges of carjacking resulting in death, kidnapping resulting in death and killing of an unborn child.

The once promising prospect faces up to 99 years in prison on each individual charge if found guilty. There will be no death penalty in the case. “We need to start working on the specific time frame for this trial,” judge Delgado-Hernandez said during a hearing on Thursday, according to

Verdejo will remain in prison awaiting trial. The lightweight contender turned himself into police on May 2 in 2021 after he was named as a person of interest after Rodriguez was attacked and thrown off a bridge near San Juan, the capital of the US island territory.

He later pleaded not guilty. Verdejo, a once highly-rated prospect, has not fought since December 2020 when he was knocked out in the ninth round by Japan's Masayoshi Nakatani in Las Vegas.

He has 27 wins and two defeats in his career. Verdejo has remained in prison since May 2. Rodriguez was first reported missing by family members on April 29 before on May 1, when she was found in Laguna San Jose in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

The alleged crime has been labelled as “especially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner in that it involved serious physical abuse to the victim.” Verdejo was highly-rated in boxing and had previously been promoted by Top Rank in the US.

At London 2012, he reached the quarter-finals where he lost to eventual gold medallist Vasiliy Lomachenko from Ukraine. He turned professional soon after and went on a 23-fight winning run until a shock defeat by Antonio Losada in 2018.

His 2020 defeat by Nakatani further damaged his chances of becoming a world champion and fulfilling his potential in the ring.

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