Rodriguez Defeats Alvarez!
By: Scott Ploof and
Alex Dombroff at ringside
Delvin Rodriguez overcame injury and an early deficit to win a unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs), fighting in front of his hometown crowd, had all types of problems early on with Alvarez’s southpaw attack. Several times Rodriguez found himself backed up as the result of a straight left from Alvarez.
With the fight in Alvarez’s control, and seemingly stunned in round eight, Rodriguez had his best offensive moment of the fight. He backed Alvarez (20-2, 11 KOs) up with a flurry in the center of the ring.
But Rodriguez returned to his corner shaking his right hand, before telling his corner he believed his wrist was broken.
In round nine, Rodriguez only threw three right hands, as he relied solely on his jab to keep Alvarez off.
But, with the fight in peril, Rodriguez bit the bullet as he became more aggressive in the championship rounds.
“It really hurt,” said Rodriguez. “I tried not to show the opponent. As a fighter that’s what you have to do. You have to adjust.”
Round eleven provided the crucial moment of the fight. With both men trading in the middle of the ring, Rodriguez connected with a straight right that sent Alvarez, who claims he was unaware that Rodriguez had hurt his hand, to the canvas.
It appeared Rodriguez wouldn’t need help from the judges in the final round. He continued to press his advantage as he appeared to have Alvarez seconds from being stopped.
But in a moment of carelessness, Rodriguez exposed himself to several looping left hooks from Alvarez. Alvarez then spent the final ninety seconds of the fight chasing down a hurt Rodriguez.
“He’s a strong kid,” said Rodriguez. “He knows what he’s doing in there. I hurt him and I tried to finish him. He came back.”
It was a combination of the knockdown he scored in the eleventh and his ability to stay on his own two feet in round twelve that sealed the victory for Rodriguez by scores of 115-112, 114-113, and 114-113.
FightNews agreed with the majority rule, scoring the bout 114-113 for Rodriguez.
The decision was not without dispute from the loser’s end.
“I felt I controlled the fight eight of the twelve rounds,” said Alvarez. “I think if this fight was in Iowa or Nebraska, we’d have the W.”
With the win, Rodriguez earned a crack at IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey, the only other person to have beaten Alvarez.
However, Clottey has a tentative date with Miguel Cotto set for June, and Rodriguez faces an uncertain timetable for return because of his wrist.
So Rodriguez manager Stan Hoffman made it clear they won’t discriminate between champions.
“If not Clottey,” he said. “Then anyone with a title.” – Alex Dombroff
Serrano Decisions Krupp!
Undefeated welterweight Raymond Serrano improved to (9-0, 5 KOs) with an entertaining six round decision over Jay Krupp. Scores of the bout were 60-53 twice and 58-55.
Serrano and Krupp (12-2, 5 KOs) met in the middle of the ring from the opening bell as neither fighter took a step back throughout the fight. Both fighters were willing to stand and trade bombs, with each landing some significant shots.
Serrano dropped Krupp with a right hand in the first, but Krupp was able to beat the count and continued to trade punches with his opponent. Serrano however, was able to land a big left hand just before the bell to put an exclamation point on the round.
In the second, both fighters picked up right where they left off, as each continued to trade huge blows in the middle of the ring as both absorbed heavy shots. Serrano seemingly got the better of the exchanges as he was just a little faster of the two. Krupp however, was not intimidated of Serrano's power, despite the first round knockdown, and had no problem taking a shot to give one.
As the bout continued on, both fighters kept the same pace, as the crowd in the Mohegan Sun Arena cheered wildly with their approval. Serrano would land his right hand flush on Krupp's jaw just as Krupp would return fire.
When the final bell rang, the crowd was on their feet saluting both fighters for a hellacious fight. While two of the scorecards may have had Serrano pitching a shutout, it was a deceptive one, as Krupp was anything but a pushover. Each round was close and entertaining with Serrano doing just enough to get the nod from the judges in each round. – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Andrade Destroys Joseph!
United States Olympian Demetrius Andrade made quick work of Ohio native Tim Joseph in the televised opener.
Andrade’s speed advantage was evident immediately, and an uppercut just seconds into the fight sent Joseph into a permanent back pedal. Andrade (3-0, 3 KOs) spent the better part of the next minute chasing Joseph around the ring.
With Joseph (4-2-1, 1 KO) cornered, Andrade unleashed a barrage of punches, and didn’t let up until referee Dick Flaherty jumped in to save Joseph at 1:53 of the opening round. – Alex Dombroff
Trader Stops Rosado!
Frank Trader scored the first knockout of his young career, stopping outmatched Edwin Rosado in the second round.
Trader (3-0, 1 KO) controlled Rosado throughout the short duration of the fight, landing his right hand at ease.
Rosado (1-5, KO) finally succumbed to the punishment, courtesy of another Trader right, and Dick Flaherty waved off the bout at 1:49 of the second. – Alex Dombroff
In Other Action:
Tyrone Miles won his professional debut with a 4 round majority decision over Chris Aucoin (1-2-1). Scores of the bout were 39-37 and 38-38. – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Cruiserweight Josh Harris (3-2-1 2KO's) scored a first round knockout over David Williams (6-3-1, 2KO's). Harris was dropped with a right hook and referee Michael Ortega reached the count of ten. Time of the bout was twenty-one seconds. – Billy “Loops” Luppert