–Edwin Rodriguez handed Michael Seals his first career knockdown on a left uppercut 48 seconds into the first round. It wouldn't be his last.
–Later in the first round, Seals came back on a straight right to knock down Rodriguez and even the score, then floored him again seconds later for good measure.
–After barely surviving the first round, Rodriguez knocked Seals down with about 15 seconds left in the second, then put him away for good at 24 seconds into the third with an explosive overhand right.
In a rock-em-sock-em shootout, Edwin Rodriguez proved to pack the bigger punch in his 175-pound showdown with Michael Seals.
Seals (19-1, 14 KOs) had never been knocked down in his career coming into the scheduled 10-round bout at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KOs) ended that in a hurry, putting Seals down once in the first and once in the second before putting him down for good in the third in a gutty, iron-willed performance.
After Rodriguez caught Seals with a left uppercut that sent him sliding across the canvas in the first round, the former Alabama A&M linebacker came right back and floored Rodriguez twice within seconds.
Rodriguez barely survived the first round, but bounced back in the second using his jab to keep Seals at bay. The tactic paid off when an overhand right put Seals down, and this time it was his turn to get bailed out by the bell.
There would be no escape in the third. Rodriguez connected on two jabs before deploying a 50-megaton overhand right that sent Seals reeling halfway through the ropes before he ricocheted back into the ring.
Referee Fred Steinwinder III didn’t let Seals attempt to regain his senses as he waved a stop to the fight 24 seconds into the round.
- Rodriguez vs Seals