LIGHTWEIGHT contender Felix Verdejo will return to the ring on February 3 in his native Puerto Rico after recovering from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier in the year.

The unbeaten 23-year-old last fought in June when he stopped Juan Jose Martinez inside five rounds, but also had to take some time out last year due to a hand injury.

Before his accident he had been named mandatory challenger for Terry Flanagan’s WBO world title and the two were reportedly in talks to face each other.

The WBO have since confirmed that Verdejo remains their No 1 challenger, and the former Olympian will be keen to secure his shot in 2017.

No opponent has been announced for his return fight yet, but he is also mooted to appear on the March 17 show at Madison Square Garden in New York, which will see Michael Conlan make his professional debut.