Feature | Jan 14 2016

William Silva speaks on upcoming fight with Felix Verdejo

Unbeaten Brazilian William Silva tells James Slater how important this fight is for his career
William Silva
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ON February 27th in New York, two unbeaten lightweights will clash in chief support to Terence Crawford’s WBO light-welterweight title defence against Hank Lundy. Puerto Rican sensation Felix Verdejo, 19-0(14) will meet Brazilian William Silva in a match-up that just might result in the fight of the night.

Silva, 23-0 (14) hasn’t attracted the fanfare Verdejo has, yet the 28-year-old was a standout amateur in his homeland – winning gold at the 2004 South American junior championships and a bronze at the 2005 Jose Cheo Aponte tournament, both as a 125-pounder – and Top Rank signed him in July of 2015. And a win over Verdejo will, Silva says, get him one big step closer to challenging for a world title.

Here, the unbeaten contender from Sao Paulo, who is both a tall and physically strong lightweight, speaks exclusively with Boxing News: