Edwin Rodríguez (boxer)
|Rated at||Light heavyweight
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Reach||76 in (190 cm)|
May 5, 1985 |
Moca, Dominican Republic
|Wins by KO||19|
Rodriguez moved to Worcester at age 13 with dreams of becoming the next great Dominican ballplayer. Winters in the Bay State made for a short baseball season and two years later, he abandoned the diamond for the ring.
Rodriguez had an 84–9 record and won the USA Boxing Championships 2005 and the National Golden Gloves 2006 as a middleweight (165 pounds). Rodriguez was training for the USA Olympic qualifiers for the 2008 Summer Olympics when his pregnant fiancee delivered twins born 16 weeks premature. Rodriguez chose to dedicate his time to his family and eventually lost in the final qualifier for the Olympic box-offs. Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Rodriguez revealed that he had previously sparred with suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2010 and expressed regret that he had "slowed down" when he had Tsarnaev hurting 2 rounds into their sparring session.
Rodriguez, known by the nickname "La Bomba", turned pro in 2008 for promoter Lou DiBella. Rodriguez is a world-ranked super middleweight (168 pounds). Rodriguez previously trained with Peter Manfredo Sr and currently trains with Ronnie Shields. Rodriguez was managed by Larry Army Jr until the weeks before the Monaco Million Dollar Super Four Tournament, after which the two sides worked out an agreement and announced an amicable split. Rodriguez signed with manager Al Haymon and are in negotiations for his next fight, likely against a title holder and on Showtime. Rodriguez wears Rival gloves, is affiliated with Scientific Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning (SNAC), and has included hypoxic boxing techniques in his training. He has steadily developed into a world title contender with recent wins against previously undefeated Will Rosinsky, Don George, and previously unbeaten Jason Escalera. Rodriguez is currently ranked No. 1 by the WBC, No. 3 by the IBF, No. 3 by the WBA, and No. 7 by The Ring magazine, and has been mentioned as a likely title contender in 2013 or 2014.
Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four
Rodriguez won the Monaco Million Dollar Super Four Tournament by beating previously undefeated Ezequiel Maderna in a unanimous decision before an impressive first round TKO in the final against Denis Grachev to collect the winner's share on the 60/40 split of the $1 million purse.
Victory over Craig Baker
Victory over Michael Seals
On November 13, 2015 Rodriguez defeated Michael Seals by TKO in the third round of a Premier Boxing Champions bout in the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Biloxi, Mississippi, televised live on Spike TV. Edwin Rodriguez barely survived the first round after being floored twice, but he quickly rallied to stop Michael Seals in the third round, using three knockdowns of his own.
Professional boxing record
|28 Wins (19 knockouts), 2 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Loss||28-2||Thomas Williams, Jr.||TKO||2 (10), 2:59||2016-04-30||StubHub Center, Carson, California|
|Win||28-1||Michael Seals||TKO||3 (10), 0:24||2015-11-13||Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||27–1||Craig Baker||TKO||3 (10), 2:22||2015-05-23||Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||26–1||Derrick Findley||RTD||1 (10), 3:00||2014-12-11||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California|
|Win||25–1||Azea Augustama||UD||10||2014-10-18||Stubhub Center, Carson, California|
|Loss||24–1||Andre Ward||UD||12||2013-11-16||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California||Fight was originally for WBA (super) & The Ring Super-Middleweight titles, but Rodriguez failed to make weight|
|Win||24–0||Denis Grachev||TKO||1 (10), 2:50||2013-07-13||Salle des Etoiles, Monte-Carlo||Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four Tournament Final.|
|Win||23–0||Ezequiel Maderna||UD||10||2013-03-30||Salle des Etoiles, Monte-Carlo||Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||22–0||Jason Escalera||TKO||8 (10), 0:12||2012-09-29||Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut||Retained USBA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Don George||UD||10||2012-03-17||Madison Square Garden in New York, New York||Won USBA Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Will Rosinsky||UD||10||2011-10-21||Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut|
|Win||19–0||Chris Traietti||RTD||2 (10)||2011-08-20||Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Win||18–0||Aaron Pryor, Jr.||UD||10||2011-01-14||Mallory Square in Key West, Florida|
|Win||17–0||James McGirt, Jr.||UD||9 (10), 1:57||2010-11-05||Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota||Won vacant USNBC Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Ibahiem King||TKO||5 (10), 1:06||2010-06-24||Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Win||15–0||Kevin Engel||KO||6 (8), 2:35||2010-04-30||UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois|
|Win||14–0||George Armenta||KO||1 (8), 0:47||2010-03-19||Choctaw Gaming Center in Durant, Oklahoma|
|Win||13–0||Brian Norman||TKO||5 (8), 1:16||2009-11-19||Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York|
|Win||12–0||Darnell Boone||UD||8||2009-10-03||Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island|
|Win||11–0||Angel David Gonzalez||TKO||3 (6), 1:09||2009-08-13||Frontier Field in Rochester, New York|
|Win||10–0||Patrick Thompson||TKO||2 (8), 2:11||2009-03-19||Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Win||9–0||Brad Austin||TKO||3 (8), 1:09||2009-01-17||Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi|
|Win||8–0||Marcus Upshaw||UD||6||2008-08-22||Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island|
|Win||7–0||Hector Hernandez||UD||6||2008-06-28||The Castle in Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||6–0||Anthony Cannon||TKO||4 (6), 1:07||2008-05-17||Freeport (I.B.E.W.) Hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts|
|Win||5–0||Michael Birthmark||TKO||1 (4), 2:46||2008-05-03||Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho|
|Win||4–0||Jeffrey Osborne Jr||TKO||4 (4), 2:55||2008-04-12||The Roxy in Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||3–0||James North||UD||4||2008-03-28||Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, New York|
|Win||2–0||Fitzgerald Johnson||TKO||4 (4), 2:47||2008-02-08||The Castle in Boston, Massachusetts|
|Win||1–0||Samuel Ortiz Gomez||TKO||1 (4), 1:22||2008-01-26||Mansfield SportsPlex in Mansfield, Massachusetts|
Rodriguez moved to the US from the Dominican Republic in 1998. Rodriguez credits working in his father's convenience store as instrumental in helping him learn English and adjust to life in the US. Rodriguez is father to a twin son and daughter born 23 weeks into his fiancee's pregnancy in 2006. His children faced difficult odds as micro preemies born 16 weeks premature but persevered in large part to their parents' dedication and sacrifice. Rodriguez and his fiancee married in 2010 and welcomed another son in 2013.
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- "Biography of Edwin Rodriguez". Premier Boxing Champions. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had boxing aspirations". Yahoo Sports. Apr 19, 2013.
- "Super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez wishes he'd finished Tamerlan Tsarnaev in ring". NY Daily News. April 19, 2013.
- "Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez". DiBella Entertainment. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Worcester's Edwin Rodriguez Fights Biggest Battle Outside Boxing Ring". NESN. Jul 5, 2010.
- "Edwin Rodriguez, Larry Army Jr Go Separate Ways". Boxing Scene. Jul 31, 2013.
- "New doors open for E. Rodriguez". ESPN. Aug 8, 2013.
- "And Then Came Summer: Edwin Rodriguez and Company Bring the Heat". Dog House Boxing. July 16, 2013.
- Satterfield, Lem (March 18, 2012). "Rodriguez out-points George over 10 rounds, rises to 21–0". The Ring. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
- "Rodriguez finally makes a statement". ESPN. July 15, 2013.
- "James DeGale does early damage in win over Andre Dirrell". Premier Boxing Champions. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "Rodriguez vs Seals". Premier Boxing Champions. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
- "MTR: What's Next For Edwin Rodriguez". ESPN. July 16, 2013.
- "Overcoming adversity is a Rodriguez trait". Yahoo Sports. Oct 20, 2011.