Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Edwin Rodriguez Talks Escalera Bout, Wants The Best

By Peter Lim

Undefeated super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez,  21-0 (14 KOs), hopes to prove a point against Jason Escalera, 13-0-1 (12 KOs), at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT, this Saturday night: that he's willing and ready to face the elites in the star-studded super middleweight division.

At the top of the heap of the 168-pounders, of course, is Super Six champ Andre Ward, who recently reaffirmed his superiority in the division with a dominant TKO over WBC light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson. Then there's the likes of Carl Froch, Kelly Pavlik and Mikkel Kessler, top-shelf fighters who trail Ward in achievement but exceed him in terms of selling power. Rodriguez said he has no qualms about fighting in Europe should the opportunity arise.

"I think I'm ready now," Rodriguez told The Houston Chronicle. "One of my main goals in this fight is to send a message to everyone in the super middleweight division. The division's stacked with talent so I just want to go in there, send a message and let everybody know that I'm willing to take on anybody."

Rodriguez's trainer Ronnie Shields concurs, pointing out that Rodriguez has sparred with and held his own against Froch, Lucien Bute and Jean Pascal in the past. Shields, who has been Rodriguez's corner for his last four fights, has been working on improving his defense and versatility.

Both Shields and Rodriguez said they will be wary but not intimidated by Rodriguez punching power come Saturday night.

"I know he's a big puncher. But his strength is also his weakness," Rodriguez said. "He's young and hungry so I'll use that against him. He's going to come and try and do the only thing he knows how to do - gut it out and be reckless. That's how I'm going to catch him and put him away."

"Escalera is a short little guy who tries to get you with one punch and knock you out," Shields said. "We're going to fight his fight, and fight him right in the middle of the ring."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Porter Thinks Chavez Won't Be an Easy Fight For Canelo Lemieux May Land on Canelo-Chavez, Future Foe For Canelo? Lawrence Okolie On Burns-Indongo Addition: Great To Be On Another Big Bill Golden Boy's Diaz: I Felt Jacobs Beat Golovkin, Canelo Will Too! Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla II: Post-Fight Report Card Langford: If No Golovkin Deal, Saunders Will Have To Face Me! Josh Taylor Impressed With Recent Win, Expects a Big Future Hearn: Eubank Contacted Me For Bellew Catch-Weight Fight! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams: Jimmy Kilrain Kelly Breaks it Down Keenan Smith Tops Card in Atlantic City on April 22 Buster Douglas: Pacquiao Would Beat Mayweather, Maybe By KO Kyotara Fujimoto vs. Herman Ene-Purcell in Play For May Boxing's Pound For Pound Debate Is Tougher Than Ever Golovkin's Coach Fires Back at Kell Brook, Ingle Over Fight Claims Evander Holyfield vs. Lagos Politician - Exhibition Fight on May 25 Photos: Yvan Mendy Gets Win Before Near Empty Venue Ray Robinson Stops Claudinei Lacerda in Seven Rounds Golovkin's Coach Reacts To 'Keyboard Judges' Saying Jacobs Won Kovalev Shreds Ward: My Goal is To Knock Him Out! Hunter Says Andre Ward Can Still Make 168 For Golovkin Fight Murat Gassiev To Make First Defense in May or June Aldo Doubts Mayweather-McGregor Gets Beyond UFC Obstacles Marquez Tabs Golovkin as Boxing's New Pound-For-Pound King Anthony Karperis Stops Scott Burrell in Four Rounds Cedric Vitu-Marcello Matano IBF Eliminator For Jarett Hurd Shot Mayweather: 'Triple L' Golovkin Came Up Short, I'd Work Him Over! Lawrence Okolie To Box On Burns vs. Indongo In Glasgow Anthony Crolla Not Ruling Out Move To Junior Welterweight Rob Brant To Take Stay Busy Fight, Then Murata-N'dam Winner Photos: Jorge Linares Dominates Anthony Crolla - MEGA Gallery Porter Hopes Pacquiao Retires, Says Khan Has Skills To Beat Anyone Jacobs' Manager: GGG's Side Will Make Excuses to Avoid Rematch Frank Warren: Shrewd Liam Smith With Under The Radar Fight Photos: Tyron Zeuge With Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Win Crolla Admits Gallagher Nearly Pulled Him Out Before Twelfth Charlo vs. Heiland WBC Eliminator For Mandatory Golovkin Shot Saunders Smiles: Let Everyone Doubt Me, I Can Beat Golovkin! Jhonny Gonzalez Crushes Francisco Contreras in Three Rounds Emmanuel Rodriguez Destroys Robinson Lavinanza in One Daud Yordan's Promoter Hopes To Get Him Title Shot Next
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement