“Homecoming” Celebration for Rodriguez!
By: Scott Ploof and
Billy Loops at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
The two-time national amateur champion from Worcester, Massachusetts, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez brought a piece of history back to his hometown as for the first time since 1967 professional boxing returned to Mechanics Hall. Rodriguez (10-0, 7 KOs ) was successful in his first professional fight in his hometown and in front of a packed audience. He was relentless and went right after Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs ) early and often as he threw bombs at his adversary. The “Homecoming” celebration for Rodriguez was complete when he stopped veteran Patrick Thompson in the second round at 2:11 after Thompson’s corner threw in the towel.
“La Bomba” started out firing his jab to find his opponent’s range early in the first round which led to him connecting with a big right hook to the jaw of Thompson. Rodriguez was then successful in landing three consecutive rights to the body of Thompson. Another right hook from Rodriguez backed his opponent into the ropes where he was then able to land another flurry which had Thompson hurt and retreating at the end of the round one.
Early in round two Rodriguez was able to again land a big counter right hook over Thompson that sent him to the canvas and the crowd to its feet. Thompson was able to get to his feet before the count of eight as referee Carmelo Oquendo allowed the fight to continue. Rodriguez continued to land a barrage of punches on a still stunned and hurt Thompson and it was at that point that the corner of Thompson threw in the towel and the fight was stopped.
Rodriguez had a chance to speak with the media after the fight about his victory. “I am very excited to have had the opportunity to fight in my hometown in front of my friends and family. He was a tough opponent and I am happy to have been in there. This is my hometown, they have supported me a lot, and I love them.”
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez’s new promoter Lou DiBella praised his newest fighter’s performance by saying, “I thought that was a tremendously impressive victory because Thompson had a lot of losses at (15-13) but he is a guy that has given hell to a lot of top contenders. Taking guys like Joe Greene and Pavel Wolak the distance and has fought a lot of quality fighters and only been knocked out once before tonight. He got devastated by Edwin. I think Edwin is an offensive force to be reckoned with. I think with time and when he gets his game totally together, I think he is a world champion.”
Lou DiBella also confirmed that Rodriguez’s next fight would be held on April 25 at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket , CT on the undercard of the Jermain Taylor – Carl Froch WBC super middleweight title fight. – Scott Ploof
Kielczewski Defeats Chavez!
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski improved to (4-0, 1 KO) with a third round TKO over Aaron Chavez (2-2).
Kielczewski was in control the whole fight, firing away on Chavez, but Chavez showed a solid chin in withstanding some hard shots.
In round three however, Kielczewski drilled Chavez with a right uppercut that he never saw coming and Chavez was out on his back.
Chavez tried to beat the count, but the referee determined
Chavez was in no condition to continue. Time of the stoppage 2:44. – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Reinhold Destroys Muriqi!
Junior middleweight Dustin Reinhold (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in his first professional bout as he stopped Valdrin Muriqi (0-1) in the fourth round at :42.
Muriqi with his long reach threw punches at Reinhold early in the fight but did not land anything that hurt Reinhold. Reinhold held his own as he landed two good shots to the body and an uppercut that had Muriqi backing up to end the first.
The fight could have been stopped in round two by referee Bob Benoit as Reinhold landed hook after hook over the taller Muriqi. Reinhold had Muriqi hurt throughout most of the fight and was able to put him away in the final round.
Reinhold was able to work well in close quarters and continuously get by the long reach and defense of Muriqi. After a basic 10-8 round for Reinhold in round three even without a knockdown, he was that dominant.
Finally in the fourth and after being checked in between rounds by the ringside physician, Muriqi had finally taken enough punishment that referee Benoit stopped the fight. Some in the audience thought the fight should have been stopped earlier in order to prevent a possible injury to a then defenseless Muriqi. Luckily Muriqi left the ring escaping injury. – Scott Ploof
Jackson Benson Stops Marshall!
Middleweight Philip Jackson Benson improved to (3-0, 3 KOs ) with a second round TKO over Dameon Marshall (0-2).
Marshall was out of gas at the end of round one, and in the second was dropped by a big right hand.
He was able to beat the count but was cracked with another huge right hand that sent him down to the canvas and referee Carmelo Oquendo waived off the fight at 1:32 of the round. . – Billy “Loops” Luppert
Ormond Destroys Ocasio!
Ireland’s own Stephen Ormond (3-0, 1 KO) now fighting out of Long Island, NY made short work out of Philadelphia’s Jonathan Ocasio (0-4) by stopping him after one round of boxing.
Ormond dominated that round landing solid punches to the body of his opponent. Ocasio was mostly defensive as he moved around the ring unable to get away from the charging Ormond.
Ocasio, on advice from the ringside physician, was unable to come out of his corner for round two and thus the fight was stopped by referee Bob Benoit. – Scott Ploof
Boise Stops Crayton!
Light heavyweight Valar Boise (1-0, 1 KO) made his pro debut a successful one as he scored a round TKO over winless Houston Crayton (0-4). Boise forced Crayton into survival mode almost from the get go as he battered an overmatched Crayton with everything he had.
In the second round, Crayton was pinned up against the ropes absorbing heavy shots and Crayton's corner threw in the towel.
Referee Carmelo Oquendo didn't see the towel being thrown in, and allowed the onslaught to continue.
Crayton's corner man then grabbed the towel, and threw it back in the ring when Oquendo was at a better angle to see the towel. Time of the stoppage was 1:17. – Billy “Loops” Luppert