Saul Rodriguez Tabs Berchelt To Beat Roman, Wants Title Shot

By Ryan Burton

Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (21-0-1) will snap a 21-month layoff when he returns to the ring Saturday night in El Paso, Texas. Across the ring from him will be Claudio Rosendo Tapia (28-18-4) of Argentina.

The bout takes place on the Miguel Berchelt-Mickey Roman undercard and the entire card will be streamed on ESPN+. Former featherweight and super featherweight title challenger Miguel Marriaga faces Jose Estrella in the co-feature bout.

The 25-year-old Rodriguez is back with his original promoter Top Rank and is hoping to make up for lost time. This will be only his second fight in the past two and a half years.


“I’m excited to be finally getting back in the ring. All of the fans can expect to see a new and improved Neno,” said Rodriguez. “I don’t know when my next fight will be but hopefully soon. I want to be really active.”

As for the main event, Rodriguez expects the WBC super featherweight champion to retain his belt. He believes Roman will proved a stiff test he believes Berchelt will come out on top.

Rodriguez also has an eye on that belt. After a couple fights to get back in his rhythm, Rodriguez hopes to fight for the green strap.

“It’s going to be a tough fight for however long it lasts. I think Berchelt wins it though. I eventually want to fight for that green belt,” Rodriguez told

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by killakali on 11-03-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;19244638]Great fighter horrible promoter. I’d sign with Main Events before I sign with Floyd. Or is that stretching it? I’m ready to see how he looks because at this point he’s still a prospect. I wonder if he’s back on…

Comment by LA_2_Vegas on 11-03-2018

Wondered what happened with this guy

Comment by .!WAR MIKEY! on 11-03-2018

lol nothing but horror stories coming out of of TMT refugee fighters.

Comment by THEFRESHBRAWLER on 11-03-2018

[QUOTE=killakali;19244542]u could be right about Floyd ruining him. 1 fight in 2 years and only one before that.[/QUOTE] Great fighter horrible promoter. I’d sign with Main Events before I sign with Floyd. Or is that stretching it? I’m ready to…

Comment by killakali on 11-03-2018

[QUOTE=THEFRESHBRAWLER;19244420]TopRank will treat him right this time just to spite Mayweather lol. Glad he left and is back in the ring. If he lose though they’ll say Floyd ruined him[/QUOTE]u could be right about Floyd ruining him. 1 fight in…

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