It was just one loss, a single defeat, but it was like the oncoming winter soon to follow, chilling Edwin Rodriguez’s career, his future as clouded as a frosted window.
From the canvas to the catwalk, 175-pound prospect and part-time model Michael Seals has a powerful presence
Michael Seals discovered boxing much like a lot of young boys do: by watching fights alongside his father. Infatuated by the sport almost instantly, Seals informed his dad that he wanted to become a boxer.
It doesn’t take but a quick glance at Edwin Rodriguez’s bona fides to realize the Dominican Republic native is a skilled boxer.
With Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” coming out in theaters today, it’s the first of what promises to be a big run for boxing movies. Slated for later this year are the biopics “Bleed for This” about former two-division champion Vinny Pazienza and “Creed,” the latest in the deathless “Rocky” series. Next year brings the Roberto Duran biopic “Hands of Stone,” with Robert De Niro playing Duran’s trainer Ray Arcel.
It almost seemed a cruel juxtaposition to make Andre Dirrell and James DeGale weigh in for their fight in front of Boston’s historic marketplace Faneuil Hall on Friday.
Edwin Rodriguez has fought unbeaten guys before. Four times, in fact. Three of those dudes walked away without their zeroes. The fourth was Andre Ward, so no knock there.