Edwin Rodriguez and Craig Baker
Edwin Rodriguez

Edwin Rodriguez

“La Bomba”

RECORD

29 - 2 - 0

KOs

20

Weight 175 lbs (79.55 kg)

Age 32

Home Worcester, Massachusetts, USA 

Complete Stats

Edwin Rodriguez moved from the Dominican Republic to Massachusetts as a teenager and has developed into a powerful world title contender. Read Bio

Next Fight / Dec 08, 2017


Edwin Rodriguez vs Chad Dawson


Hialeah Park, Miami, Florida

Latest News

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Elbiali vs Pascal
Oct 30, 2017 / Ahmed Elbiali, Jean Pascal, Elbiali vs Pascal, Chad Dawson, Edwin Rodriguez

Unbeaten 175-pound contender Ahmed Elbiali clashes With Former World Champion Jean Pascal Dec. 8 in Miami

Former 175-pound world champion Chad Dawson meets hard-hitting veteran Edwin Rodriguez in the co-main event of the FS1-televised card.

Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams Jr.PBC Boxing Video
Dec 13, 2016 / 12 Rounds of Christmas, Rodriguez vs Williams, Edwin Rodriguez, Thomas Williams Jr.

Presenting the 12 Rounds of Christmas: Round 2 (Rodriguez vs Williams)

You would’ve been hard-pressed to find a fan or analyst who thought sluggers Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams Jr. would make it to the finish of their 175-pound world title eliminator on April 30 in Carson, California. Turns out they didn’t even come close.

Edwin Rodriguez and Thomas Williams Jr.PBC Boxing Video
May 1, 2016 / Rodriguez vs Williams, Edwin Rodriguez, Thomas Williams Jr., Jorge Lara, Fernando Montiel

Thomas Williams Jr. stuns Edwin Rodriguez with crushing second-round knockout

Thomas Williams Jr. said he wanted to be the one to dethrone lineal 175-pound champion Adonis Stevenson. On Saturday night, the “Top Dog” certainly proved he’s worthy of a shot at the top of the division.

Fights

Fights

Win vs Melvin Russell 10-1-2

Jul 18, 2017 Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria, Louisiana, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Melvin Russell by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Apr 30, 2016 StubHub Center, Carson, California

Edwin Rodriguez LOSES to Thomas Williams Jr by KO in Round 2 of 10

Nov 13, 2015 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Michael Seals by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Craig Baker 16-0

May 23, 2015 Agganis Arena, Boston

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Craig Baker by TKO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Derrick Findley 21-13-1

Dec 11, 2014 Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Derrick Findley by RTD in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Azea Augustama 17-1-0

Oct 18, 2014 StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Azea Augustama by UD in Round 10 of 10

LOSS vs Andre Ward 26-0-0

Nov 16, 2013 Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, USA

Andre Ward WINS against Edwin Rodriguez by UD in Round 12 of 12

Win vs Denis Grachev 13-1-1

Jul 13, 2013 Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Denis Grachev by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna 19-0-0

Mar 30, 2013 Salle des Étoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Jason Escalera 13-0-1

Sep 29, 2012 MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Jason Escalera by TKO in Round 8 of 10

Win vs Donovan George 22-1-1

Mar 17, 2012 Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Donovan George by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Don George 22-1-1

Mar 17, 2012 Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, New York, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Don George by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Will Rosinsky 14-0-0

Oct 21, 2011 Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Will Rosinsky by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Chris Traietti 10-2-0

Aug 20, 2011 Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Chris Traietti by RTD in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Aaron Pryor Jr 15-2-0

Jan 14, 2011 Mallory Square, Key West, Florida, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Aaron Pryor Jr by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs James McGirt 22-2-1

Nov 05, 2010 Scheels Arena, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against James McGirt by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Ibahiem King 7-3-0

Jun 24, 2010 Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Ibahiem King by TKO in Round 5 of 10

Win vs Kevin Engel 17-2-0

Apr 30, 2010 UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Kevin Engel by KO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs George Armenta 13-5-0

Mar 19, 2010 Choctaw Gaming Center, Durant, Oklahoma, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against George Armenta by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Brian Norman 17-9-0

Nov 19, 2009 Main Street Armory, Rochester, New York, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Brian Norman by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs Darnell Boone 16-12-2

Oct 03, 2009 Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Darnell Boone by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Angel David Gonzalez 6-6-1

Aug 13, 2009 Frontier Field, Rochester, New York, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Angel David Gonzalez by TKO in Round 3 of 6

Win vs Patrick Thompson 15-13-1

Mar 19, 2009 Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Patrick Thompson by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Brad Austin 8-5-0

Jan 17, 2009 Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Brad Austin by TKO in Round 3 of 8

Win vs Marcus Upshaw 8-2-0

Aug 22, 2008 Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Marcus Upshaw by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Hector Hernandez 10-2-2

Jun 28, 2008 The Castle, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Hector Hernandez by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Anthony Cannon 4-8-0

May 17, 2008 Freeport (I.B.E.W.) Hall, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Anthony Cannon by TKO in Round 4 of 6

Win vs Michael Birthmark 1-2-0

May 03, 2008 Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Michael Birthmark by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Win vs Jeffrey Osborne Jr 4-10-2

Apr 12, 2008 The Roxy, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Jeffrey Osborne Jr by TKO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs James North 8-19-2

Mar 28, 2008 Seneca Allegany Casino, Salamanca, New York, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against James North by UD in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Fitzgerald Johnson 1-2-0

Feb 08, 2008 The Castle, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Fitzgerald Johnson by TKO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Samuel Ortiz Gomez 0-3-0

Jan 26, 2008 Mansfield SportsPlex, Mansfield, Massachusetts, USA

Edwin Rodriguez WINS against Samuel Ortiz Gomez by TKO in Round 1 of 4

Stats

Edwin Rodriguez “La Bomba”

  • WINS 29
  • LOSSES 2
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 20

Weight 175 lbs (79.55 kg)

Height 6'0" (1.83 m)

Reach 76" (193 cm)

  • Born

    May 05, 1985
  • Age

    32
  • Country

    Dominican Republic
  • Born in

    Moca
  • Trains in

    Worcester, MA
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    156
  • KO Percentage

    65%
  • Boxing Hero

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Bio

Bio

Edwin Rodriguez dreamed of becoming a star baseball player as a kid in the Dominican Republic, but switched to boxing after moving to Massachusetts as a teenager. After an outstanding amateur career, “La Bomba” fought for a world title at 168 pounds and is now climbing the ranks at 175.

Edwin Rodriguez

From baseball to boxing

New England is granite and snow, frigid waters off the coast of rocky shores. There’s something about it that makes for great boxers.

Micky Ward came from Lowell, Massachusetts. Marvin Hagler and Rocky Marciano both came from Brockton. The great Willie Pep hailed from Middletown, Connecticut. And Edwin Rodriguez, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, hopes to join those ranks.

Rodriguez moved to Worcester at age 13 with dreams of becoming the next great Dominican ballplayer. But winters in the Bay State made for a short baseball season. Two years later, he abandoned the diamond for the ring.

Fighting for family

As an amateur, Rodriguez rolled up a record of 84-9 and won the National Golden Gloves in 2006.

He hoped to represent the United States in the 2008 Olympics, but during training, Rodriguez’s then-fiancee, now wife Stephanie Rapa, gave birth to twins Edwin Jr. and Serena, 16 weeks premature. Rodriguez had to put his Olympic hopes on the shelf as Edwin Jr. was intubated for 122 days.

Doctors told the couple that their son’s chance of survival was “close to zero,” according to Yahoo Sports. They advocated pulling the plug on the machines keeping the baby alive, but Rodriguez refused.

Today, Edwin Jr. has cerebral palsy and autism, and Serena a mild case if cerebral palsy, but both children came through alive and healthy.

Sparring with an infamous opponent

In 2010 when he was preparing for a fight, Rodriguez was looking for a sparring partner who could come to Worcester.

The man he trained with was a 2010 New England Golden Gloves winner who dressed oddly and complained too much when he got hit in the sparring session. It turned out to be Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber who died in a shootout with police in the aftermath of the 2013 bombing.

“I wish that I never slowed down when I had him [hurting],” Rodriguez told the New York Daily News.

Edwin Rodriguez and Andre Ward
Edwin Rodriguez drills Andre Ward with a left hand during their fight in Ontario, California, in November 2013.

Stepping up the competition

Rodriguez would continue his mastery of the 168-pound division through 2013, when the 24-0 Rodriguez met 26-0 Andre Ward in Ontario, California.

It was a rough one, with referee Jack Reiss stepping in during the fourth round to break up a clench, when he caught a left intended for Ward. Reiss took both pugilists to task and took two points from each fighter.

When it was said and done, Ward cruised to a unanimous decision and Rodriguez suffered his first loss.

The Ward fight would be Rodriguez's last at 168. He stepped up to 175, where the extra weight has agreed with him.

Rodriguez scored wins over Azea Augustama and Derrick Findley in 2014, knocking the latter down twice in the first round before Findley retired after one frame.

Edwin Rodriguez and Craig Baker
Edwin Rodriguez connects with a left hand during his win over Craig Baker in Boston on May 23, 2015. (Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)

Moving into title contention

Rodriguez established himself as a legitimate threat at 175 pounds when he took on Craig Baker at Boston's Agganis Arena on May 23, 2015, in a Premier Boxing Champions bout on NBC.

Rodriguez was all over Baker from the opening bell, drilling him with an array of punches.

Baker barely mustered any attack against Rodriguez, who controlled the action with fierce body shots.

With Baker unable to keep Rodriguez off of him, referee Bob Benoit waved an end to the fight in the third round, giving La Bomba a victory by TKO.