Lesson learned, Felix moves up
Jose Felix Jr. learned an important lesson after his unsuccessful attempt at winning the WBA interim junior lightweight title against Bryan Vasquez this past April.
“I didn’t realize that two pounds could destroy me and by not winning that championship, I realized I just can’t make that weight,” said Felix through his adviser, Oscar Valdez earlier this week as he made his final preparations for tonight’s contest against Luis Solis at the Glendale Civic Auditorium as part of the card televised on UniMas’ “Solo Boxeo.”
Felix faced Vasquez on the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley II pay-per-view undercard. It was a huge stage and Felix failed to capitalize on the opportunity. It wasn’t that he was blown out; to the contrary (two of the scorecards had him losing by just one point) but he was listless, failed to fight with any real vigor and was on his heels for much of the bout.
The young man from the fighting city of Los Mochis, Mexico admits he had major problems fitting 130 pounds into his 5’8” frame. He made the weight but the process in which he shed weight left him an empty vessel. “My legs felt really bad; I had no power in my punches and now I’m at 135 now, I feel strong and let’s move on.”
Valdez, a long-time family friend of Felix, says, “A lot of lessons were learned by Jose. He understands now that he has to come into training camp in shape. He can’t get so heavy and just think he can lose it the last week or so. It was disappointing; he had a big chance on that night and it didn’t happen. But it’s OK; he’s only 22. Jose just has to learn from this.”
Felix has a mark of 27-1-1 (22) and, as aforementioned, has youth on his side. Felix just wants to turn the page.
“This fight here, I’m going to be in the best shape I can be. I’m in great shape now and I’m going to show the world that I can fight. Bryan Vasquez is in the past,” says Felix, who, in August rebounded with a sixth-round stoppage of Alejandro Rodriguez. Also in his rear view mirror is the 130-pound class.
“I feel a lot better now; the weight is no problem. I’ve been working out hard; I’m enjoying what I’m doing and last time, I just couldn’t make the weight.”
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