Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Edwin Rodriguez: We Definitely Want Kelly Pavlik

By Keith Idec

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Jason Escalera really aggravated Edwin Rodriguez during the promotion of their HBO main event Saturday night.

Rodriguez made Escalera pay for talking trash by battering his game-but-green opponent throughout their seven-plus rounds of one-sided action at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Referee Steve Smoger mercifully prevented Escalera from taking more punishment when he jumped it to stop the bout 12 seconds into the eighth round of a scheduled 10-round super middleweight match that was televised as the main event of an “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader.

Rodriguez’s assault started almost as soon as the bell rang and it appeared as if the Worcester, Mass., native might stop the overmatched Escalera in the first round. The courageous Escalera made it out of the round, but each of the three judges — Glenn Feldman, Peter Hary and Clark Sammartino — scored the first three-minute period, 10-8, for Rodriguez, despite that he didn’t drop Escalera.

Rodriguez was way ahead (70-61, 70-62, 70-62) at the time of the stoppage. Sammartino also scored the fifth round, 10-8, for Rodriguez, which accounted for his 70-61 score through seven rounds.

“I was surprised he got out of the first round,” said Rodriguez, who improved to 22-0 and registered his 15th knockout. “He’s definitely a strong kid — tough, with raw power, but easy to predict.”

The 27-year-old Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) was taken to a local hospital after the bout for what was believed to be an ear injury.

Rodriguez, meanwhile, was busy plotting his next move within the stacked 168-pound division.

“We want any of the top 10 guys, definitely [Kelly] Pavlik,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to send a message [Saturday night] and I think my performance speaks for itself.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxingisfixed on 10-05-2012

Rodriquez got embarrassed by Rosinsky ... Rosinsky lost 6-3 - 1 10/8 round for the flash Knockdown early on my card to Pavlik...Pavlik would drop this La BUMba Rodriquez scrub in the first round. Rodriquez is over rated...If he takes…

Comment by Scott Dennett on 10-02-2012

Excuse my earlier comment, December fight under negotiations is for the WBO belt.

Comment by Scott Dennett on 10-02-2012

Just had dinner with Edwin's mangaer. You heard it here first, talks are underway for a December WBA title fight in Germany with Abraham. Be there, I will.

Comment by PR ESQ. on 10-01-2012

[QUOTE=Dyabolic;12567198]Glad Im not the only one. I seriously don't see anything special in Pavlik. I see Rodriguez giving Pavlik problems the same way a 5'9" boxer was doing but actually beating him in the process.[/QUOTE] 5'10" to be precise and…

Comment by Doctor_Tenma on 10-01-2012

Rodriguez has the talent to go far`but he tends to fight stupid at times which pisses me off, hence I could see Pavlik taking this. He was dominant last night but one thing I noticed is that he was getting…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (29)
Top Headlines DiBella: There's No Way Easter-Fortuna Will Be a Boring Fight Jamal James is Open To Facing Amir Khan in Comeback Fight DiBella: If Spence Dominates Peterson, There With Crawford, Loma Frampton: Warren Wants Donaire Fight To Be a WBO Eliminator Cheeseman: Carson Jones Getting Older, I'll Stop Him Late Knockout CP Freshmart vs. Landero in WBA Title Clash, March 6 Hearn: Joshua-Povetkin Happens in UK, We Won't Go To Russia Arum: Pacquiao, Crawford-Horn Double Would Be ESPN PPV Joshua Promoter: We Want Wilder By Year's End - Even in U.S. Evander Holyfield Enters The World of Cryptocurrency The Road to Keith Thurman-Errol Spence Begins (! Or ?) Angulo Very Angry With Chavez Jr. For Delaying Their Fight Jorge Linares Very Willing To Face Lomachenko or Garcia Next Arum Reacts To The Chatter of a Pacquiao vs. Lomachenko Bout Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Heading To MSG on April 14? Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Training in Beast Mode For Ahmed Lomachenko's Manager: Pacquiao is Old, No Gain in Beating Him Photos: Lamont Peterson, Robert Easter, Browne Workouts David Kaminsky, 17-Year-Old Israeli Prospect, Joins Top Rank Photos: Errol Spence Looking Very Sharp During Workout Lamont Peterson Feels He's in 'Perfect Place' For Spence Clash Miguel Berchelt Holds Presser, Still Unsure of Next Opponent Lipinets Trained With One Hand, 'Begged' to Stay in Garcia Fight Parker's Promoter: Joshua's 'More Than Human' Talk is Just Silly Brook-Rabchenko: Kid Galahad, Appleyard vs. Shafiq Added Frampton: I May Need Career Best Performance To Beat Donaire Lipinets Suffers Hand Injury, Fight Against Garcia Postponed Photos: Carl Frampton, Nonito Donaire - Go Face To Face Anthony Mundine Places Full Focus on Jeff Horn After Big KO Win David Price Agrees to Fight Povetkin on Joshua-Parker Undercard Easter: I Must Fight Tall; I Made the Shafikov Fight Too Hard Bivol: Barrera Made a Mistake Choosing to Fight Me, Not Kovalev Spence: Crawford Needs To Worry About Beating Horn Before Me Joshua: It'll Take More Than a Human to Stop Me From Destiny Trainer: Parker Knows His Place in History at Stake With Joshua Dubois Ready To Rise: I Want To Get To The Top of The Division! Joshua Embraces Idea of Tyson Fury Walking Parker To The Ring Pacquiao Says He is Targeting a Lomachenko Showdown Anthony Joshua Nominated For Laureus World Sports Award Marcus Browne: I'm Settled and Coming into My Own
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement