On Friday, February 17, 2017, Jose Felix Jr. (35-2-1, 27 KOs) took on Jonathan Maicelo (25-2, 12 KOs) in the UniMas/Solo Boxeo main event.
The Callao, Peru native Maicelo jumped out to a quick start, dropping Felix Jr. with a big left hand in Round 1–a punch that would servce “El Inca” well throughout the 10-round battle.
While Felix battled back to win Round 2, he found himself on the wrong side of another powerful hook in Round 3 and hit the canvas as the round closed out.
Felix had moments in the middle rounds as fatigue set in and Maicelo’s left eye began to close–possibly due to a headbutt–but every time Felix began to come on, he would lose a big exchange and hit the canvas.
This was especially true in Round 5 when Maicelo dropped Felix twice.
The most impressive knockdown came in Round 9 when Maicelo connected with a vicious three-punch combo that sent Felix crashing to the canvas with his head violently bouncing off the mat.
To his credit, Felix dug deep and got up, finishing the fight after having one of the of worst outings of his career.
The official scores were 95-90, 97-88 and 96-90 for Maicelo who scored a career-best victory with the win over Felix.
During the pre-fight interview, Felix was critical of Felix Verdejo’s last performance and wanted to show that he deserved a title shot instead of the undefeated Puerto Rican.
Instead, the Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico fighter will have to go back to the drawing board and focus on correcting his defensive lapses.
— RoundByRoundBoxing (@RBRBoxing) February 18, 2017