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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.
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.
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.
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
Loss vs Thomas Williams Jr
Apr 30, 2016 • StubHub Center, Carson, California
Edwin Rodriguez LOSES to Thomas Williams Jr by KO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Michael Seals
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
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.
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.
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.
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.