PUERTO RICAN lightweight prospect Felix Verdejo is drawing inspiration from one of the island’s greatest ever fighters, Felix Trinidad, ahead of his fight with Josenilson Dos Santos on Friday night.

One of the top young talents in the sport, Verdejo was sidelined with a hand injury after his 10 round decision win over Ivan Najera in June.

Now that he is back to full fitness, the 22-year-old is ready to continues his rapid route to a world title shot.

“It was Felix “Tito” Trinidad who inspired me when I was a very young fighter.  He has given me a lot of advice. We are friends and I hope Tito comes to the fight on Friday night,” he said.

“I have no pain in my hand.  I feel great.  I like to feel 100 percent when I get into the ring, so I waited until my hand was completely healed for this fight.

“I feel comfortable at 135 pounds and do not have a problem making that weight.  I can make 130 pounds if my promoter Top Rank asks.

“This is a big fight card and I am in the main event.  I think of all the sacrifices me and our team made to get here.  All of the hard work in the gym has paid off.”