Trout v Rodriguez to join Quillin, Wright, Tarver and Kayode on Showtime card

24 Apr

On The Beak – Admin

World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14ko) has signed on to challenge defending WBA world champion Austin Trout (24-0-0, 14ko) on Saturday, June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, as announced by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing, today. The twelve round Rodriguez/Trout clash will be broadcast on Showtime, as part of their scheduled ‘quadruple header’ evening of live boxing.

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Rodriguez rewarded with world title shot after thumping Wolak win. Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym

“This is an excellent opportunity for Delvin and we’re very thankful to Showtime for broadcasting his world title fight against Austin Trout. Delvin’s been looking for big fights since his dominating win over Pawel Wolak in December at Madison Square Garden and was thrilled when we spoke about the world title fight,” said DeGuardia.

“”Delvin hasn’t fought on the West Coast since early in his career, and the Home Depot Center is an outstanding venue for boxing and he’s looking forward to fighting in front of the knowledgeable and supportive Southern California fight fans.”

Born in the Dominican Republic and now residing in Danbury, Connecticut, the East Coast fan favorite Rodriguez, 28-5-3, has been a staple of ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights for many years, having appeared eleven times and participating in numerous memorable battles.

In 2011, Rodriguez’s ten round war with Pawel Wolak was named “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of American along with numerous other boxing outlets. The unforgettable fight, promoted by Star Boxing, took place at a sold out Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15 with Rodriguez valiantly fighting to a ten round majority draw over the bull-rushing Wolak.

In the rematch with Wolak on December 3 in front of a sold out Garden crowd and broadcast on HBO, Rodriguez dominated Wolak in winning a lopsided ten round unanimous decision. Rodriguez brought the MSG crowd to its feet in the tenth and final round as he went for the knockout and brutally battered Wolak, who was saved by the bell.

Rodriguez is currently world ranked number five by the IBF, WBA and WBO along with number seven by the WBC. He previously challenged for the IBF welterweight title in 2009, losing a close split decision to Isaac Hlatshwayo. Four of Rodriguez’ five losses have been closely-competitive and tight decisions.

Trout, meanwhile, won his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez on February 5, 2011 in Jalisco, Mexico. He has defended it twice, most recently stopping Frank LoPorto on November 11th in El Paso, Texas.

Elsewhere on the Showtime card set for early June is a middleweight bout between comebacking veteran Ronald Winky Wright against undefeated Wildcard contender Peter Quillin, a bantamweight clash for the full IBF belt between Leo Santa Cruz and Vusi Malinga and the headlining match-up… the IBO cruiserweight championship between Antonio Tarver and challenger Lateef Kayode.

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