DELVIN RODIGUEZ RE-SIGNS WITH MANAGER A.J. GALANTE‘S ELITE BOXING ENTERPRISES

June 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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DANBURY, CT (June 28, 2013)—AJ Galante’s professional boxing management company Elite Boxing Enterprises is proud to announce the re-signing of former Super Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez, to an extension of Galante’s managerial contract.

The deal was reached earlier this week with Galante happy about the future.

“I’m very excited that Delvin and I have come to terms to continue our business relationship.” Said Galante

“We’ve formed a very young and hungry team, and we’ve made great strides in just two years. We still have our work cut out for us, in regards to reaching our goal of becoming a World Champion. I know Delvin has it in him to become world champion, and that is why I have continued working with him and have dedicated so much time and effort into him. Myself, along with our promoter Joe DeGuardia of STAR Boxing, have a great plan for the coming year, and I feel as long as Delvin continues to win, we will be champion sooner than later.”

Rodriguez of Danbury, Connecticut has a record of 28-6-3 with sixteen knockouts. He competed for the WBA Super Welterweight title on June 2nd, 2012 when he came up short and dropped a unanimous decision to Austin Trout.

Rodriguez competed in the 2011 Fight of The Year when he and Pawel Wolak fought to a draw on July 15, 2011 in New York City. Rodriguez subsequently won the rematch on December 3rd, 2011 by winning a unanimous decision. The match was part of the Miguel Cotto – Antonio Margarito rematch undercard that seen worldwide on HBO Pay Per View.

The 33 year-old Rodriguez is coming off a eighth round stoppage over former world title challenger Freddy Hernandez on May 24th in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Galante also manages undefeated Jr. Middleweight prospect Frank Galarza (10-0-2, 6 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York

ESPN Honored at 87th Annual BWAA Awards Dinner

June 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) boxing analyst Delvin Rodriguez was honored last night at the 87th annual Boxing Writers Association of America awards dinner in New York for his participation in the BWAA’s 2011 Fight of the Year. The July 15, 2011 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights featured the epic bout between Junior Middleweights Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak– ending in a 10-round majority draw, one of the all-time great battles in the history of the series. Watch the entire bout on the WatchESPN player.

Center: Pawel Wolak (L) & Delvin Rodriguez (R) (Credit: Stephen McDonald/ESPN)
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“It’s an honor and privilege for me,” said Rodriguez. “You work so hard as a boxer and to get recognized for Fight of the Year is a big accomplishment. It feels great be part of such a big event.”

Doug Loughrey, director, programming and acquisitions at ESPN said, “The fight between Wolak and Rodriguez is clearly one of the top three fights in the history of ESPN boxing. Being recognized as the Fight of the Year is true recognition of the high quality competition showcased weekly on Friday Night Fights. In an increasingly crowded field of boxing telecasts, it is ESPN’s broad reach coupled with the ability to bring promoters together to make great fights so successful.”

Two other ESPNers were also recognized last night, each receiving BWAA Barney Awards, which recognize excellence in boxing journalism: ESPN.com’s Kieran Mulvaney (second place, boxing event coverage, second place, boxing column) and Grantland.com’s Eric Raskin (third place, boxing feature, third place, boxing investigative reporting).

Also, 2011 ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award Winner Dewey Bozella received the BWAA’s Bill Crawford Award for Courage in Overcoming Adversity.

This Week on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights:
Former Middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event June 8 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas.

Cohen Congratulates Trout for Third Successful Defense

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions wishes to congratulate his fighter, WBA Super Welterweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs), for successfully defending his title for the third time, Saturday night, against Delvin Rodriguez.

Fighting as part of a Showtime-televised quadrupleheader at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Trout cruised to a unanimous decision (117-111, 118-110 and 120-108) over the surprisingly careful Rodriguez by staying busy and landing the cleaner shots throughout.

“I give Rodriguez credit,” said Cohen. “Austin trained for Delvin to come in trying to brawl and he surprised us all by boxing carefully, but Austin is a thoroughbred and adjusted accordingly to control the fight. I’ll never call a dominant unanimous decision anything less than a terrific result.”

Cohen says he’s now optimistic that negotiations with representatives of WBC Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for a fight between the two on September 15, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will continue to progress.

“Of course I want that fight!” exclaimed Trout. “I’m ready to go. Let’s do it!”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ COMES UP SHORT IN WORLD TITLE CHALLENGE, HEADS TO BWAA AWARDS FOR 2011 FIGHT OF THE YEAR HONOR

June 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BRONX, NY (June 4, 2012) Junior middleweight contender Delvin “EL Peligro” Rodriguez came up short in his world title challenge on Saturday night, June 2nd against WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin Trout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Faced with an awkward, southpaw style, Rodriguez was unable to mount a consistent attack against the fleet of foot Trout and came out of on the short-end of the twelve round decision.

“As we anticipated, it was a very tough style matchup for Delvin” said longtime promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing of the SHOWTIME broadcasted bout. ‘It was an awkward fight, and very not like Delvin’s preferred fights; ‘slugfests’. Trout’s movement prevented Delvin making this fight a war as the champion was able to effectively counter Delvin’s aggression.”

“We’ll take a few days and meet with Delvin’s team and formulate a game plan for his immediate future. Knowing Delvin, he’ll want to face a highly ranked contender and get right back in the mix for a world title shot.”

Rodriguez will be honored this Wednesday night, June 6th, by the Boxing Writers Association of American for his memorable 2011 “Fight of the Year” against Pawel Wolak on July 15th at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The sensational back and forth war was scored a draw, however Rodriguez dominated in the rematch on December 3rd in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden.

Said DeGuardia, “Promoting the “Fight of the Year” is a tremendous honor for Star Boxing. Delvin has always fought like a true warrior in the ring and his valor truly shined that night. I look forward to seeing him and the other honorees accept their awards.”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ: FAMILY LED TO HIS WORLD TITLE SHOT

June 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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DELVIN RODRIGUEZ:

FAMILY LED

TO HIS WORLD TITLE SHOT

Carson, Calif. (June 1, 2012) – December 22, 1989 was the day Delvin Rodriguez moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his family in search of a better life.

Rodriguez has the chance to cap his journey this Saturday night, June 2 when he challenges WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, in a fight that will be featured on “Four Warned” a rare quadrupleheader event that will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

It’s been a long road for Rodriguez, but the support he has received from his family through every step of his journey has made him the fighter and man that he is today.

“When you start out, the money is scarce so it’s very important to have people believe in you,” said Rodriguez. “My dream was to be a world champion and my mother and my longtime girlfriend have been there with me the whole way.”

“I was nine years old when I came to Danbury, Connecticut and started boxing. Before that it was just baseball with friends in the Dominican. Boxing wasn’t as popular there at the time like it is now.”

Continued Rodriguez, “The boxing gym in Danbury was very close to our house and my mother liked me going there because she knew where I was. It became my playground. I loved being there with my friends and I took to it right away.”

“I have one son named Delvin and one on the way in September. My son inspires me so much to always do better. He’s my biggest fan.”

Rodriguez carries his ties to the Dominican Republic into each of his fights. “I still have a lot of family there. They watch all my fights and are some of my biggest fans. I go back twice a year and it’s nice to see now that boxing has become popular.”

This past Saturday, Delvin’s hometown of Danbury hosted an open workout for him before he left for California. “It was an open workout and just a great opportunity to see so many of my neighbors and people from the town who have been in my corner since I was an amateur.”

On Saturday night, Rodriguez will enter the ring as he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion. “I’m ready. It’s been a long road here, but it will be that much more special to become a world champion.”

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight for Tarver’s IBO world title, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

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Antonio Tarver, Delvin Rodriguez and Vusi Malinga workout quotes

May 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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CARSON, Calif. (May 29, 2012) – Former light heavyweight kingpin Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, hard-hitting world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and IBF No. 1 rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, Calif., as they wind down preparations for “Four Warned,” the upcoming June 2 Quadrupleheader which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Here’s what Tarver and Malinga had to say on Tuesday:

TARVER:

“When you’re fighting me, you have to have your emotions in check. It’s not checkers, it’s chess.

“I’m too old to run. I’m not going to go anywhere. I’m in this until the end.

“He’s never fought anyone with my speed, my power. The chin is not a muscle – when you get hit you get knocked out.

“He has a hell of a fight on his hands and I don’t think he’s prepared for it. He wouldn’t listen to my advice when I gave it to him [as a commentator] on ShoBox (The New Generation) and now he’s going to go back to school. I’ll teach him a few things on Saturday.

“A lot of people don’t realize what type of champion I am. You don’t become a five-time champion by accident. I’m going to add to my legacy on June 2.

“You can’t handicap me because of my age. The proof is in the pudding. I was too old when I started in ’96 and I’m too old now. I’m not stopping until I’m the heavyweight champ.

“Whatever he brings, it won’t be enough. The magic carpet ride continues on June 2.

“I’m not giving up until I win that heavyweight title. I’ll stop when I lose to a better man and that hasn’t happened yet.

“I got a few tricks up my sleeve and I’ll reveal one on June 2.”

MALINGA:

“Training was superb. We trained very hard for this fight. We arrived in the U.S. on Sunday and we are ready to go.

“I’m very excited to fight here and make my U.S. debut. I plan to show the fans what they’ve been missing.

“I don’t know anything about him (Santa Cruz) except that he’s right handed, but I’m preparing for anything. I’m very fit and ready to fight.

“It’s very important for me to win my U.S. debut. I must win in order to come back again and fight.”

ANTONIO TARVER & LATEEF KAYODE, WINKY WRIGHT & PETER QUILLIN, AUSTIN TROUT & DELVIN RODRIGUEZ, VUSI MALINGA & LEO SANTA CRUZ, TRAINERS FREDDIE ROACH & JIMMY WILLIAMS MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL HIGHLIGHTS

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All eight fighters participating in “Four Warned,” the upcoming June 2 Quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., participated in media conference calls on Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare for next week’s bouts.

Wednesday’s call featured Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Lateef “Power” Kayode, Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga, Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Kayode’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams.

Thursday’s call featured Winky Wright, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Austin “No Doubt” Trout and Delvin “El Peligro” Rodriguez.

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Here are some highlights of what the fighters on both calls had to say.

ANTONIO TARVER

“We’re doing really well. We just finished up some sparring. They said I went 13 rounds, but I thought I went 10. I don’t know, but I lost track a long time ago. We feel real good and I have some good guys in there sparring with me. This has been a really, really good camp. We’re peaking at the right time and the weight is down. I weighed in at around 205. I’m strong and focused. Now it’s just about getting some rest and continue meditating on the vision and visualizing how this fight is going to go down and making sure we’re ready for whatever he brings to the table.

“I’m excited to be back and fighting in America. It’s been almost two years now. I’m excited. It’s like, don’t call it a comeback. I just want to let the people know I’m still here.”

Are you surprised at Kayode’s reaction to your comments while commentating on his fights?

“From an announcer’s standpoint, yeah, I’m a little surprised. I’m not paid to stroke anybody or sit behind that desk and promote or market a fighter. I’ve got to see it with my own eyes and tell it how I see it. The way I see it may not be the way your average viewer sees it, but I come from years of experience as one of the most decorated amateurs of our time and I’ve been a very successful professional fighter, so I think I know the game of boxing back and forth. I’ve had one of the best trainers and philosophers since I was 10 years old so I’ve been schooled very well. What I see may not be obvious to the naked eye. I wasn’t ever trying to be overly critical of Lateef. He’s a guy who is ranked high across the board and if he wasn’t worthy, then I wouldn’t be fighting him. That’s what he needs to understand. It’s not all about him. We all need to go back to the gym every time.

“You don’t think I didn’t work every time to get better? Yeah, you always work to get better and there are always improvements that can be made. What I was telling him were the things that I saw that he could have improved on. I’m not thinking of him being able to hit somebody hard or whatever. I’m looking at the intangibles that you need to be a world-class fighter and he could not understand that. He showed his inexperience and his youth by getting all emotional and out of whack approaching me and confronting me. Right there that tells me that his emotions got the best of him and now he’s bit off more than he can chew. So now instead of trying to tell him what I thought he should do to improve, now I’ve got to show him. This is going to be an experience of a lifetime for Lateef and he’s going to remember this fight for his lifetime. This is where he is going to be compared and judged for the rest of his career, and if he’s adamant about what he says he’s going to do, then I’m going to have to show him very early in this fight that I’m not some little boy he’s been facing. I’m not one of these kids he can just run up to and bully. You can talk all you want, but you can’t bully me because your struggle is nothing compared to my struggle here in America and what I’ve had to overcome to get to where I had to go.

“I don’t care anything about you being from Africa. I respect you because you’re a brother from another (mother), but that don’t mean anything to me because my struggles you can’t relate to. I’m the fighter I am today because of what I had to overcome, you feel me? You’ve been here five years in America. I’ve been here all my life. I had to go through everything. There’s no one that gave me anything. Not one thing. I didn’t even have a promoter when I started boxing professionally. I was an Olympic bronze medalist. So you have no idea what it feels like to have to beat everybody in front of you to get to where you’re going. You’re in my way. I’m on to bigger and better things. I’m going for the heavyweight championship and I’m not going to let Lateef Kayode stop me from my destination. So I’m looking forward to June 2 and just like you hear it in my voice, I am fired up because this man has threatened me in so many ways. Coming up to me in the streets and saying, ‘What are you going to do?’ OK. That’s all I need to hear. Be man enough to say what you’re going to do and back it up, because when I say something, I’m going to do it. I’m going to defend my title with whatever I’ve got. I’m ready for whatever Lateef Kayode can bring. If he thinks he’s going to be the bully in this fight, then he’s got another thing coming. If he thinks he’s going to bring power to this fight, he’s going to find out early that he’s got another thing coming. He better have an A, B, C, D plan, because it’s going to take more than one game plan to beat me, and just coming with power isn’t going to do it, because I’ve felt power punchers before and I’ve knocked them out. I’ve fought bullies before and I’ve knocked them out. I’ve fought the very best in the world and I’ve beat them. So Lateef Kayode has a chance of a lifetime to be a legend for one night, but he’s going to have to bring his butt to get it.

“I haven’t taken Lateef Kayode lightly by any stretch of the imagination. That’s what they need to understand. I take this guy as a serious threat. I know in this fight one punch can change the entire fight and one punch can end a fight, and what I’ve done in training camp is to eliminate any chance of him getting lucky and the only way I can do that is to make sure I’m in the very best shape mentally and physically. I haven’t been this tense for a fight in a long time. This feels like it did before some of the biggest fights I’ve had because this guy is strong and has gone on record as saying he’s going to knock me out. He’s holding strong to that assumption. I know he’s coming in strong to try and hurt me. That’s just going to make me very strong and very alert and make me very sharp in that ring. I’m going to dial in on this guy and it’s going to be tunnel vision. I think this fight is going to show everybody my ability and my skill.

“There isn’t going to be no running. He doesn’t have to worry about that. I’m 43 years old. I’m not trying to run anywhere unless I’m running in preparation for a fight. I don’t have to run. I have confidence in my ability and I’m a sharp-shooter. I’m trying to hit that kidney and I’m trying to hit that chin and I’m accurate. So you don’t have to worry about me missing. I’m going to be on point. I’m going to beat you down with my defense. I’m going to trust my defense. I’m going to stay in close and I’m going to work. I’m going to work for the knockout. I’m not going to look for the home run. I’m going to put some shots on this guy combination style, something he doesn’t know anything about. We’re going to use our angles and we’re going to out-smart him and then when it’s comes down to it, we’re going to show that he’s not the only one with muscles in the fight. If I have to hurt this guy, that’s what I’m going to do.

“I have never been hurt. I can rely on my defense to get me through. My instincts are still intact and my reflexes are there. I trust my defense. My coach tells me all the time we haven’t gotten hurt yet, so we’re not going to get hurt until I retire. That’s my goal to walk away from the game with all my faculties and still have never been knocked down in a fight. That’s what I pride myself on: never been knocked out, never been stopped. I feel good about June 2. I’m going to turn back the hands of time and you’re going to see a 43-years-young fighter in the there, but you’re not going to know which of us is 43.”

LATEEF KAYODE

“I have something to prove to everyone and to Antonio Tarver. On June 2, I’m going to show that he’s never fought anyone like me. I’m going to prove that all the things he said about me were wrong. First of all, he said all my punches were sloppy and second of all, he said I’m not fighting with any spirit. Every time I fight on ShoBox he says the same thing.

“I saw him in downtown L.A. and said, ‘Why do you always says those things about me on ShoBox?’ He said he’s just doing his job, but when I was doing good and connecting on my punches he just quiets down and says nothing. He only concentrates on my mistakes.

“If this fight were in the streets, I know I would win. I come from far away and have struggled all my life.

“My prediction is that I think I’m going to knock him out in the fifth round or the sixth round.”

Do you view this fight as a crossroads fight to your young career?

“I don’t really have much to lose in this fight. He’s the one who has already lost and I’m undefeated. If I lose this fight there is happiness for me because I fought Antonio Tarver. If I win this fight there is happiness for me. I don’t have anything to lose. What I want to do is show people that I am better than him. He’s going to get hurt so bad, so bad. I’m coming for him.”

JIMMY WILLIAMS (Tarver’s Trainer)

“I’m from the old school. My philosophy is that we don’t care what he does. We care about what we do. Antonio is a five-time world champion. He’s a boxer, fighter, puncher, counter-puncher. Skill will beat will. We work smarter, not harder. We’re not running. He’s punching harder now. He’s ready for anything. I wish the fight was tonight. He’s ready.”

FREDDIE ROACH (Kayode’s Trainer)

“Lateef’s training really hard to get ready for this fight. We’re working on a game plan now. I wish Antonio the best of luck and I hope the best man will win.”

How do you control the emotions of a young fighter like Lateef?

“It’s definitely a challenge. He’s a young fighter and he gets excited easily. As far as the game plan for this fight, we will keep his head on straight and we’ll try and keep him calm. At times he may get a little excited, but excitement makes good fights, so I’m not really worried about it.

“(Antonio) is a Hall of Famer for sure and we know we have to beat guys like this to get to the top. We’re training hard and we have a good game plan so we’re going to do our best to beat him. We know we’re in for a tough fight, but that’s what it’s all about. I think we’re ready at this point.

“I don’t think experience will be an advantage for him. Whoever controls the fight and pulls it off will be the winner.”

WINKY WRIGHT

“I’m happy to be back. I’m glad I have a formidable opponent. Peter comes to fight and we’re going to show the fans why we do what we do.”

What made you decide to come back to the ring now?

“I wasn’t really retired yet. I thought if I wanted to get back in the ring I had to do it and do it now. I just turned 40 so if I’m going to do this I have to do it. We’re glad to get an opponent like Peter. I’m here to prove that I want to fight the best. I’m not coming back just to fight and get a win, I want to fight the best. I want to be champion. If I can’t be champion there’s no reason to do this.”

Why was there such a long layoff?

“First of all, there was no one significant that wanted to fight me. I couldn’t get any big fights or any fights that meant something. I’m not just taking fights to entertain or taking fights just to fight. I want to fight because I want to be the best. None of the champions wanted to fight and I couldn’t get any of them to sign on the dotted line. My legacy is in stone. I would love to fight, but if they don’t want to fight forget it. So I had to wait, I did family things and enjoyed life.”

How much of the Winky that we remember from 2004 is still there?

“Oh, he’s still here. Like I said, tune in on June 2. I have a great opponent that will bring it out of me. I didn’t pick a bum to come out and fight, I picked a kid that is undefeated, that is hungry, that wants to prove to the world that he’s a great fighter. He’s going to have to do that June 2.”

What do you think of Peter’s development and how he has come along?

“I think he’s a good fighter. He’s young, hungry, tough and that’s what I’m looking for.”

He hasn’t fought anyone like you before. How do you think it’s going to be different for him on June 2?

“I’ve never fought him and he never fought me, so it’s going to be different for both of us. We both got to get in the ring with somebody we’ve never seen before or fought before. Like I said, I’m going to be in great shape, he’s going to be in great shape and we’ll just let the wheel get working and do what we have to do to win.”

Do you think he will be prepared to step up to the level that you’ve been fighting at?

“Like he said, I got two hands and he has two hands. When we step in the ring we have to be prepared to do whatever it takes to win. Whoever can adjust and dictate what they want to happen in the fight is going to win the fight. I want to fight the best. I want a title shot. If I don’t get a title shot then what I’m doing is not necessary. If you’re not here to win titles and win belts then you’re just doing it for the fun of it.”

Has there ever been another fighter who had to take the same route as you – fighting in people’s backyards?

“Maybe Marvin Hagler. Maybe a lot of people didn’t have to take the route that I had to take to get where I got to, but I think taking that route made me a better and stronger fighter. It made me a tougher fighter because I knew that I could win no matter where I was. I didn’t have to be home in front of my home crowd.”

Who put the fire back in your belly to do this?

“I just turned 40 and if I want to continue to fight, I need to get out there and do it now and I need to fight the best. I’m not here to take easy fights and easy wins – that’s cheating the fans. The fans come to see you fight and they want to see a competitive fight. They don’t want you coming in with a bum or some guy you know you can knock out. You have to give the fans who they want to see. I want to fight whoever you want me to fight. Let’s do it. I want the title.

“I know that I’m still in great shape, I’m still in great health and if I want to do this, I believe that I still have the ability to do this. I put in the hard work and put in the training. Training is the hardest part of boxing. The fight night is the easy part, that’s just one night to get in there and do what you do. It’s the training that hurts a lot of fighters. You have to learn how to train smarter and learn how to execute your game plan in the fight.”

Did it take some time being used to being back in the gym and preparing for a fight?

“It took some getting used to. Anything that is worth having is worth working hard for. I work hard for this.”

Did you stay in reasonably good condition while you were off? When you went back to the gym how much did you weigh?

“I’m not going to say I stayed in boxing shape. I wasn’t fat, but I wasn’t in boxing shape. I may have weighed 185, but I was in shape. It wasn’t with a big belly and all that kind of stuff. It was a different kind of shape.

Do you think we need to change our perception of 40-year-olds boxing?

“Definitely, the game has evolved. Training is totally different. Fighting is totally different. You have to look at the individual, not how old the individual is and see how they fight. All you can do is watch them fight and see what happens.”

PETER QUILLIN

“I think my advantage is I’m just going to be as sharp as I can on June 2. I’m prepared for anything. I’m prepared to fight King Kong if I have to. That’s what I’ve been training to do. Training is the biggest part of a boxer’s fight. I make sure that I have to endure every struggle while I’m in camp so I can see the glory when I step in the ring on June 2.

“I haven’t been the distance in over two years now. My last five fights have been stoppages six rounds or less. Boxing is all about the challenges. And that’s why Winky Wright and I took this fight.

“I never really said I was going to knock him out. When I say Pluto it’s a metaphor for a place that we’ve never been to. He’s never fought a fighter like me and I’ve never fought a fighter like him. The fans can expect a fight that they’ve never seen before. That’s why this fight has been made on SHOWTIME. Who’s better? This is the challenge. Knockouts come naturally. I’m never going to force the knockout. When I say Pluto, Pluto is a place that he’s never been. Now if he happens to see stars then that’s not my problem.”

What do you think you’ll see from Winky next week?

“I think we’ll see the best of Winky Wright. I’m just super prepared for this fight. I’m ready and I’m not going to expect anything less than him throwing his two hands and I have to be ready for that. The No. 1 thing a fighter has to do is be able to adjust and that’s what I’m going to be able to do on June 2.”

Do you expect him to be best opponent you’ve ever fought?

“Every fight to me is the biggest fight of my career. Right now, I’m thinking this is the biggest fight of my career. As far as his long layoff, I can’t necessarily say if that’s going to hurt him or help him. I just know that I’m prepared for a 21-year-old Winky Wright and that’s what I’ve been preparing for. I’ve been preparing for the best Winky Wright, not where he’s at right now or his age.”

When do you think you’ll be ready for a title shot?

“I hope this fight right here sets me up for a title shot.”

How much did moving out to the West Coast help you?

“I think moving to the West Coast has been a blessing. It’s been a blessing in disguise to be around other champions, be around other guys that want to be champions, be around Freddie Roach with the eye that he has for boxing. I’m very blessed and I don’t take any of this for granted.

AUSTIN TROUT

“It’s going to be a great night of fights and I feel like me and Delvin are going to be the show stealers.”

What are the keys to this fight?

“We do all the preparation in the gym. We know Delvin is a very high-action, fast-paced fighter, so we’re going to have to take that pace and step it up a notch. We need to keep our combinations moving and our footwork. We need to use our feet. We don’t want to stay right in front of him, but we don’t want to run either.”

Where does Delvin rank as the level of opponent that you’ve faced before?

“I think this is the hardest fight to date that I’ve had in my career. Delvin is a world class fighter. I’ve watched him on TV as a fan and I know the type of challenge that’s coming forward. There’s no way I can look past a fighter like Delvin. This is the toughest fight of my life.”

Have you ever faced anyone like Delvin style-wise?

“The thing with Delvin is he doesn’t fight the same every fight. He changes his style and he adapts. He’s a smart fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever fought anybody that has the diversity that Delvin does. We get ready with a bunch of different styles of sparring partners. In case he wants to box, we work on cutting the ring off. If he wants to bang, we have an idea that we want to do for that. We make our own camp diverse.”

Do you think this is the fight where you can break into the mainstream?

“I definitely hope so. Going around the world and fighting off of TV has taught me a lot of different things, but I need that exposure and I feel like Delvin is the type of fighter to bring out the best in me. I want the world to see the best in me and I’m glad Delvin was able to accept the fight where we can bring out the best in each other and showcase good boxing for the world.”

Who would you like to face in the 154-pound division?

“I want to get the rest of those belts. I feel like there are a lot of belts in my class and to be the true champion, you have to have them all. One of my goals is to be the undisputed champion. I’m looking at Canelo (Alvarez), I’m looking at K9 (Cornelius Bundrage) and, of course, everybody is looking at Floyd (Mayweather), but first I got to get past Delvin to make any of this possible. I look at Delvin as the gatekeeper. He’s the one who’s going to let me in or deny me. I have to get through him to get those other belts.”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ

“It’s going to be a great fight. I have respect for him. He’s an undefeated champion. I’m so hungry for a world title. He’s coming and he knows he’s facing a tough opponent and I’m sure he’s prepared and so am I. I’ve been waiting years and years for this opportunity. I’ve been through ups and downs in my career and thanks to God I’m here.”

What are the keys to this fight?

“I just got to do what I do. I have to go in there and put my combinations together. I haven’t had any problems against lefties.”

What will Trout bring to the table to challenge you?

“I have respect for Austin. He’s a fine champion. I’ve faced a lot of tough opponents, but I think with Austin it’s going to be different because he has a lot of skills. He’s not just going to go there and fight just for the heck of it. I know that I have to be very focused. I’m facing someone that I know I can’t make any mistakes [against] and I definitely cannot look past him.”

Have you ever faced anyone like Austin style-wise?

“I know that Austin Trout has a lot of experience. He has good movement. He’s always aware of where he is in the ring and that makes a big difference, but I feel very confident about facing a southpaw. For me, I’ve been comfortable every time I faced a southpaw opponent.”

What was your reaction when you were offered the opportunity to fight for the world title again?

“I was very excited. I had to go back to the gym the same day. I think that people who follow my career know what I’ve been through – a lot of ups and downs. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity. When we finally got the news that we were fighting Austin Trout it was one of the most exciting things that’s happened to me in a long time.”

Who would you like to face in the 154-pound division?

“This fight is important to me and I’m excited about it. I don’t want to go backwards and I don’t want to go sideways – I want to go forward. I want to fight the guys that are on top of me and that are better than me. I just want to go forward.”

VUSI MALINGA

“I’m very happy to fight on SHOWTIME. It’s an important fight for me and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I’m training very well and I think I’m going to take the title.

“I’m coming to the United States (from Johannesburg, South Africa) on Sunday.

“I didn’t know much about Leo Santa Cruz before I found out I would have this fight. I know I’m going to win this fight and I’m very fit. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I think it’s my time to win this title.

“I think the advantage of fighting bigger fights is there. I think because I’ve been training so hard that I deserve to win this fight.

“I would never underestimate my opponent.”

LEO SANTA CRUZ

“I’m very excited and happy for this opportunity that SHOWTIME is giving me to fight on such a big card. It’s such a big privilege and an honor. I’ve been training really hard and I want to do my best to impress SHOWTIME, but mostly I just want to win this title. Ever since I was a little kid my dream was to have the opportunity to win a world championship. I just started training really hard when I found out I would have this chance and have even hired a strength and conditioning coach. I’m very concentrated on this fight and think I’ll come out victorious on June 2.

“I don’t know much about (Malinga), but I have watched a couple of videos of him. I know he likes to come forward and he’s tough. He’s a good fighter and he looks strong and he has a good uppercut. I’ve been learning how to block uppercuts. I’ve been just training here and learning how to fight him.

“I’m going to try and go to the body first and a lot, but if it doesn’t work down there then I’ll try and go up because I think he has a weakness that he drops his hands, so I’m going to try and take advantage of that. I’m not going to try and look for the knockout. I’m just going to try and win.

“I think he’s the toughest fighter I’ve faced. I don’t think his layoff will affect him. He’s always been in the gym and sparring.”

Who were some of your favorite fighters coming up?

“There was Julio Cesar Chavez, Oscar De La Hoya, a lot of the Mexican fighters and Manny Pacquiao now.”

DELVIN RODRIGUEZ: A SECOND CHANCE AT A LIFETIME GOAL

May 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BRONX, NY (May 23, 2012) Delvin Rodriguez’s life as a 32-year-old world ranked prizefighter, father and son looks to add another title on Saturday, June 2nd, as he gets a second chance to a lifetime goal, being called a ‘world champion’.

Although known as one of boxing’s true warriors with a recent five-year span facing only the toughest fights in the welterweight and now junior middleweight divisions, Rodriguez gets a second opportunity to become a world champion, a title he’s worked towards since he was 10 years old when he had his first amateur bout.

With a huge crowd expected at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California and a SHOWTIME televised audience, Rodriguez will challenge WBA Junior Middleweight World Champion Austin Trout over twelve rounds.

Rodriguez first fought for the world title on August 1, 2009, against Isaac Hlatshwayo at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout for the IBF Welterweight Title, seemingly was won by Rodriguez over the twelve rounds as he controlled the action throughout only to be disappointed by the split decision loss.

Promoted by Star Boxing for most of his career, Rodriguez typifies fighters from a different era; with no tune-ups or “stay busy” fights on his ledger.

“Delvin has been terrific to promote. He’s always challenged himself with each bout to face the highest ranked guy available, a fight that could lead to a world title bout. For him it’s all about getting that world title belt and the fans and TV networks have been the recipients of numerous excellent battles he’s been involved in,” said Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.

Sporting a battle tested record of 26-5-3 with fourteen knockouts, Rodriguez has appeared on ESPN Friday Night Fights eleven times in numerous, action packed fights against other world ranked contenders.

On Wednesday, June 6th, Rodriguez will be honored by the esteemed Boxing Writer’s Association of America with a nod to his “Fight of the Year” against popular Polish and world ranked junior middleweight Pawel Wolak at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15, 2011.

In a bout promoted by Star Boxing and televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Rodriguez and Wolak engaged in a fistic battle that fans will remember for a lifetime. Despite it being his first bout at junior middleweight, Rodriguez was able to control the pace and successfully counter punch the overly aggressively bull-rushing style of Wolak.

The bout featured non-stop two way action amid a packed house of over 2,500 New York City fight fans who stood and cheered throughout, Rodriguez and Wolak emptied their tanks during each three minute round.

With the bout declared a draw, Rodriguez was determined, “I thought I won and I want to fight him again next” he stated in ring during the post fight TV interview.

Said DeGuardia, “It’s a testament to Delvin’s character that being involved in that type of draining, intense battle and that he’d want an immediate rematch. But Delvin thought he won and wanted to prove to the fans who watched that he could beat Wolak again, and more convincingly.”

“So for weeks afterwards Delvin was calling me wanting the rematch. And while I’m working on it I bring up perhaps a bout in between, not a tune up, but just a different opponent, but he wanted Wolak again. ”

Continued Rodriguez, “I wasn’t interested in facing anyone else. Nothing had been resolved in the first fight so I wanted an opportunity to beat him, which I clearly did the second time. I had no interest in taking a sideways step for a different fight, I wanted to keep moving forward and that would mean beating Wolak.”

“It really speaks loudly that he wanted to face Wolak right away. The first bout was such a hard battle, but he wanted to start ‘Round 11′ right away,” continued DeGuardia.

“The rematch took place at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd on the HBO Pay Per View broadcast of the Cotto/Margarito rematch, a perfect opportunity to show Delvin again. Delvin would get his rematch on the biggest stage in boxing.”

Stated Rodriguez, ‘It really was a groundswell of support from the fans and media, particularly on the East Coast. They demanded the rematch and I was honored to have it take place at Madison Square Garden on such a terrific card.”

In the rematch in front of a loud and boisterous packed house of over 22,000 fans, Rodriguez fought beautifully and brutally, working each round behind a terrific jab and excellent overhand rights. Scores at the end of the ten rounder were all in favor of Rodriguez, earning him the unanimous decision (100-90, 98-91, 98-92). Most impressive was, in spite of being substantially and clearly ahead, Rodriguez put on an unforgettable final round performance, brutally battering Wolak, and leaving nothing in the ring.

“I sat down on my punches more and really hurt him early in the fight. As soon as the final round started I wanted to finish him off, I didn’t want to leave it in the judges hands” said Rodriguez.

Stated DeGuardia, “It’s always a special night having your fighter win at The Garden and Delvin looked sensational. The two fights really were indicative of Delvin’s career; a true warrior.”

“Consequently it moved him up in the WBA rankings and now he’s got a second shot at a world title against Trout and he’s more than ready.”

“For fans of Delvin there’s not much for me to say, they already know about the warrior and person that he is. For those unfamiliar to him or his career, the best thing I can say is buy a ticket or tune in to the SHOWTIME broadcast on June 2nd. He’s a special fighter and he’s got a second chance at his dream.”

Concluded Rodriguez, “My life is my career, my goal has always been to win a world title and that’s my plan for June 2nd.”

Tickets are on sale for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium are priced at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

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TRAINING CAMP QUOTES & NOTES: ANTONIO TARVER & LATEEF KAYODE, “WINKY” WRIGHT & “KID CHOCOLATE” QUILLIN, AUSTIN TROUT, DELVIN RODRIGUEZ & LEO SANTA CRUZ

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Four Warned” Saturday, June 2, Live on SHOWTIME®

From The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

NEW YORK (May 21, 2012) – Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who’ll be fighting on “Four Warned” – the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current SHOWTIME boxing analyst Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s), of Tampa, Fla., will face unbeaten, hard-hitting Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos, Nigeria, in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.

Former world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s), of St. Petersburg, Fla., returns to the ring to face undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a 10-round junior middleweight co-feature.

In the featured world title fights, WBA super welterweight titlist Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s), of Las Cruces, N.M., will defend against third-ranked WBA contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s), of Danbury, Conn., by way of Santiago, D.R., and IBF No. 1-rated bantamweight contender Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s), of Johannesburg, South Africa, and unbeaten IBF No. 5-rated bantamweight contender Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1,11 KO’s), of Lincoln Heights, Calif., will clash for the vacant IBF bantamweight crown.

Other than Malinga, who’s still in South Africa, all the fighters on “Four Warned” train in the United States. Here’s what the seven fighters said from their training camps:

Antonio Tarver

“I changed things up starting with my last fight against Danny Green. I ran when I needed to run and I got into condition. I didn’t overdo it and over-train like I normally had to do in order to make weight. I had to kill myself to get down in the past and we’re not doing that now. We’re taking our time, working in the gym and working on strength and conditioning and we’re being consistent.

“If we miss a day to get some rest, that’s OK and it’s not the end of the world. As long as I’m eating good, living right and getting my rest, that’s the main thing. We’re not going to beat ourselves up in sparring. If I get fatigued to the point where I’m not as sharp anymore, they’ll pull me out. I’m doing things like the veteran that I am and we’re doing it real smart.

“We’re keeping things in perspective. It’s about having my body catch up with my mind, because my mind is there. I’m sharp. The reflexes are still there as well, but the body has to catch up because when I put my mind on it, the mind is already there and I’m dialed in, but the body needs to get the endurance built up. Don’t worry, things are coming along great and we’ll peak on fight night.

“I’m working in Tampa with my longtime trainer Jimmy Williams and Buddy McGirt comes down three or four days a week. He’ll also be down the week before we leave for the fight and he knows what we’ve got to work on. Jimmy and Buddy work together great and I think I’ve got the best of both worlds with these guys. Jimmy is a great guy in preparation and I think Buddy is the best trainer in the game between rounds as far as giving the proper instructions and making sure he has his fighter’s attention and focus.”

Lateef Kayode

“I’ve had a great camp at The Wild Card. I have a great team. We started early, so I’ve been working for a long time. It will be three months by fight time. I’m in the best condition ever. My body can take anything he throws at me. If he wants to trade, I will trade and if he wants to box, I will box. I can go 12 rounds without a problem, but there is no way he will be able to withstand the kind of punishment I will give him unless he plans on running away all night. Either way I am knocking this man out.

“If it goes the distance, they might try to rob me, so I am going to put Tarver to sleep before the 12th round. That way I am the judge and the jury.”

Winky Wright

“Camp is great. We’re ready to fight. I’m ready to kick some butt.

“It’s been great training in Tampa, while being home to see my kids. It motivates me even more to have my family around, but I’m glad I went away to Phoenix for a month to get my body used to the intense training again.

“Now I’m just fine-tuning and getting ready for June 2. There are a lot of different things I’m doing in camp with my trainer Dan Birmingham, but you have to wait to see it on fight night.”

Peter Quillin

“The day of the fight will mark the 32-year anniversary of my father leaving Cuba and coming to the United States. He arrived in the United States on June 2, 1980, so I have a stronger reason why this fight means so much to me. I’m living the true American Dream.

“Winky keeps saying he is coming to knock Kid Chocolate’s head off. I really want to know who put a battery in this man’s back. Now the fans will expect Winky Wright to keep his word, but I will continue to be the powerhouse that I am. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

“This camp has taught me that if I want to perform at the top level, then I have to prepare at the top level. You can expect nothing less from me – only hard work. I’m a fulltime fighter that believes the job can never be done. When it comes to boxing, there’s always room for improvement and ways to get better.

“The atmosphere at Wild Card is really supportive. You feel like you are going into the ring with a posse of other professionals right there with you. I’m fortunate to have Freddie Roach and Eric Brown working (with me) six days a week and I’m also blessed to work with Brad Bose who does my condition training three days a week. My brother Chedrick and my father Pedro have been the key to me in this camp with their support and love for me. That’s why I know I’m going to take Winky Wright to Pluto.

“Thanks to all my sparring partners for prepping and pushing me. I’m the sharpest I ever been.

“I can’t relate to Winky’s saying he’s excited to be fighting on the same card as Tarver and that ‘it feels good, it makes it easy to have your homeboy on the same card.’ Winky makes it sounds like Tarver is going to help him fight me, but on June 2nd, it’s just me and him. He’ll wish he had Tarver’s help.’’

Austin Trout

“I’m training at Las Cruces PAL Boxing Gym, the same gym I’ve trained at since I was 10-years-old.

“Camp has been great. I’m focused. I’m in terrific shape. I’m right on schedule. My weight is good. All I need is for time to go by so I can get in there on June 2nd.

“I’ve been running six or seven miles a day and sprinting three or four of those miles. I’ve been sparring 12 rounds with 30 seconds rest with three different guys – Shiju Shabazz, Aie Han and J.C. Candelo.

“I want to dedicate this camp to my good friend Lavar Washington, a childhood friend who passed a few days ago.’’

Delvin Rodriguez

“I’ve been training in the Adirondacks for the last four weeks and will stay here until I leave for the fight. This is my first time at this location, up in the mountains, and it’s perfect, with no distractions and great running.

“This is my third camp with my trainer (former heavyweight contender) Fernily Feliz and we’ve had an excellent camp. Sparring has been terrific with Sechew Powell and Denis “Mama’s Boy” Douglin.

“This is my third fight at 154 and I feel much stronger since moving up from 147. I don’t have to worry about making weight.”

Leo Santa Cruz

“This is a great opportunity to become a world champion. It will be the toughest fight of my career because I know Malinga will come very well prepared, but am very optimistic that I will win.’’

“It’s been a great camp. I’ve been training for almost two months and have had something like 95 rounds of sparring (with Julian Ramirez, Raymond Chacon and Joseph Diaz). I’m in great shape thanks to Jose Santa Cruz (trainer) and Daniel Garcia (conditioning trainer).

“This is a dream come true fore me. I am really looking forward to June 2nd.’’

Tickets are on sale for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium are priced at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 888-9-AXS-TIX (888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

“Four Warned” features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts will be telecast on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

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ESPN’s Friday Night Fights: Studio Show On Site For First Time in 2012

February 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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BWAA Names ESPN’s Rodriguez-Wolak Fight of the Year—Live Interview with Rodriguez

For the first time this year, ESPN’s Friday Night Fights’ studio show will originate on site with studio host Bernardo Osuna presenting all the latest boxing news and highlights from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn. February 10 at 9 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 HD, and ESPN3. Friday’s 10-round main event will feature undefeated Junior Middleweight knockout artist Demetrius Andrade (15-0,10 KOs) meeting Angel Hernandez. The card is presented by Star Boxing.

“I love being in the amazing Friday Night Fight’s studio, but there’s nothing better than watching the fights live and to enjoy the energy of the fans,” Osuna said. “I’m looking forward to taking the show on the road, visiting Mohegan Sun and interacting with the fans on site. The banter with Teddy promises to be better with him by my side instead of thousands of miles away.”

ESPN’s Rodriguez-Wolak Named BWAA Fight of the Year:
Friday’s show on ESPN2 and ESPN3 will include a special segment, a live interview with world-ranked Junior Middleweight and ESPN Deportes boxing analyst Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s July 2011 fight against Pawel Wolak on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights was recently named the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fight of the Year. (See the entire bout by clicking the WatchESPN player.) Afterward, Rodriguez told ESPNFrontRow.com all about it.

ESPN2, ESPN Deportes & ESPN3:
On ESPN2 and ESPN3, Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will describe the action. On ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will be ringside calling the fights with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Lindsay Casinelli in the studio. Rodriguez and Viruega will be joined by Marco Antonio Rubio following his loss last weekend to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Main Event:
Andrade, a 2008 U.S. Olympian from Providence R.I., is coming off a third–round TKO over Saul Duran. Previously, Andrade scored his career-best win when he defeated the 2006 winner of The Contender, Grady Brewer, in a 10-round unanimous decision on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

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