Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Rodriguez Pumped To Face Butler For IBF Title on Bellew-Haye

By Fernando Gaztambide

San Juan, Puerto Rico - As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, Respected Puerto Rican contender, Emmanuel 'Manny' Rodríguez (17-0, 12 KO) of Vega Baja, will have his expected world title fight on Saturday, May 5 at the O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich in London, England.

His opponent will be former world champion Paul Butler (26-1, 14 KO) in a fight for the vacant IBF world title in the bantamweight division (118 pounds) as part of the card headlined by the rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye at heavyweight.

Originally Rodriguez was scheduled to take on IBF / WBA champion Ryan Burnett, but he vacated the IBF belt to opt for a voluntary defense of the WBA belt against Yonfrez Parejo of Venezuela, whom he beat by wide unanimous decision in Cardiff.

emmanuel-rodriguez_1

"Butler finally agreed to fight with me and I'm very happy that we can give the fans of England, Puerto Rico and the whole world a great fight," said Emmanuel Rodriguez.

"I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and I will take advantage of it to the maximum. Thanks to my promoter Juan Orengo for struggling day by day to make this happen. I will travel to England with a great desire and it is to bring more glory to Puerto Rico. "

"Paul Butler is a good fighter who has already been a world champion and rises when he fights before his people. He has a lot of experience with world class opponents. I am aware of what he has and we are working to overcome it," Rodriguez said of his opponent.

Promoter Juan Orengo of Fresh Productions mentioned that - "it was not easy to get 'Manny' to fight for a world title as fighters of the caliber of Omar Narvaez, Ryan Burnett, Lee Haskins and Butler himself on a previous occasion, had avoided facing him and I'm sure after May 5, 'Manny' will prove to be the best 118 pounder in the world."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chrismart on 04-11-2018

I quite like this fight card, I'm looking forward to it.

Comment by 1hourRun on 04-11-2018

The IBF should just mail Manny the belt and save Paul Butler another horrible beating. How the BBBoFC sanctioned this mismatch is bothersome -- I just hope hes safe!

Comment by kidbazooka on 04-10-2018

Rodriguez is no joke kid can fight and carries some power, he should dispose of Butler rather easily.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Khan: I Can't End Career With Canelo Being My Only Big Fight! Photos: Michael Dutchover, Bergman Aguilar Ready For Battle Chocolatito Wants To Take Things Slow, Adapt More To 115 Lemieux on Canelo: I'll Be The Underdog, I Can Surprise Everyone Photos: Victor Ortiz, John Molina Come Together For Media Day Amir Khan: People Think I Can't Take a Shot Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Tomas Rojas on October 6, Mexico City Trey Lippe-Morrison Back in Training With Roach at Wild Card Joe Noynay Breaks Foe To Retain, Toyogon Vaporizes Bolcio Photos: Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miguel Beltran - Go Face To Face Alimkhanuly, Ualikhanov Set To Make Top Rank Debuts Joe Cortez Joins Devin Haney Promotions Magsayo, Brian Norman, Mendoza, Brandun Lee Back on 10/6 Lomachenko-Pedraza Shifts To MSG on 12/8, New Plans For 12/1 Gamboa: Me and Juanma Felt Marlins Park Was Perfect For Event HBO's Lampley: Overwhelming Majority Saw Golovkin Win, Twice Photos: Price vs. Kuzmin, Campbell vs. Mendy - Face To Face Charr Shocked as Positive Drug Tests Cancel Oquendo Fight Photos: Joshua, Povetkin - Face To Face at Final Press Conference O'Shaquie Foster Motivated To Shock Jon Fernandez on ShoBox Joshua Prepared For 'Good Scrap;' Hopes to Stop Povetkin in 8th Ryan Garcia Believes Tyson Fury Will Upset Deontay Wilder Bob Arum: HBO and Showtime Don't Belong In Boxing Anymore Whyte: I'll Get In Joshua's Head, Knock Him Out In Our Rematch Hearn: If Fury is KO'd By Wilder, The Joshua Fight Never Happens James Tennyson Aims To Dominate, Pressure Tevin Farmer Hearn Warns Team Wilder: Hurry Up, You Haven't Got Long Golovkin Opponents Split on Canelo Rematch Outcome Ngabu vs. Merhy in Play For EBU Strap After Jur KO Loss Joshua vs. Povetkin: The Joys of Disappointment Abel Sanchez Not Surprised Canelo Withstood Golovkin's Power Mikey Garcia: My Main Target, Focus and No. 1 Goal is Spence! Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk Card Coming Together Pacquiao Says No Tune-Up Needed, Mayweather May Have One Miguel Roman: Miguel Berchelt Will Not Withstand My Pace Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez Doubleheader on 11/10 Sergio Martinez Discusses Unbeaten Prospect Jon Fernandez Photos: Luke Campbell, Yvan Mendy, Okolie, Askin - Workouts Photos: David Price, Sergey Kuzmin - Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Putting in Work
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement