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Edwin Rodriguez lands in Monaco

630TEAM LA BOMBA (L-R): Larry Army, manager, undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, and Ronnie Shields, head trainer.

WORCESTER, Mass. (March 24, 2013) – Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) broke his Houston training camp yesterday and he landed today in Monaco with his team for this Saturday afternoon’s “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super 4″ at Casino de Monte-Carlo.

Rodriguez, the reigning United States Boxing Assocaition (USBA) champion, meets unbeaten 2008 Argentina Olympian Ezequiel “El Olimpico” Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs) in the opening round of four-fighter tournament, which also includes a light heavyweight fight between two-time, two division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) and Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs). The two winners will advance to the $1,000,000 (60-40 split) “Super Four,” championship final, to be contested at a catch-weight of 171 ½ lbs., on July 13 in Monaco. Continue reading

Edwin Rodriguez preparing for fight against Maderna on March 30th

rodriguez34New York, NY (3/8/13) – When Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15KO’s) steps into the ring in the opening round of the upcoming coveted “Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super 4″ Tournament in Monaco on March 30 against Olympian Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13KO’s), he will be looking to take a major step toward fulfilling his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion. Rodriguez, the IBF #3, WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #12 and Ring Magazine #10-rated super middleweight in the world, is considered by many to be the favorite in the tournament. Winning the tournament carries a 60% split of the $1,000,000 grand prize, as well as practically securing a world title shot for the Dominican-born Rodriguez. If you ask the always-colorful Rodriguez, though, the real champions in his family are his two six-year-old twins, Edwin Jr. and Serena.

The story of Edwin and his wife Stephanie’s family since the twins were born severely premature more than six years ago has been well-documented during Edwin’s climb up the professional ranks. Numerous articles have been written and television networks ESPN, Showtime and HBO have all commented on it during Edwin’s fights. But when Edwin and his family sat down with esteemed boxing writer Ron Borges for a piece the esteemed reporter was planning on doing for the upcoming April issue of The Ring Magazine, no one could have expected the outcome. What transcribed was a mammoth 10-page feature spread, one of the longest articles ever published in the historic magazine’s existence. Continue reading

Tonight on “The Pugilist KOrner”: Edwin Rodriguez, Gary Russell, J’leon Love, More!

Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to present Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, trainer and mentor Gary Russell Sr, Junior Middleweight prospect KeAndrae Leatherwood, Middleweight prospect J’Leon Love, and legendary fight trainer Joe Lopez.

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The heat rises on Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four: Gennady Golovkin, Zsolt Erdei, Nobuhiro Ishida and Edwin Rodriguez

golovkinmedia-17With just more than a month until the “Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four” boxing tournament in Monaco, the organisers have been swamped for ticket requests and information on the mega-event.

“I’ve been in this business a long time and I’ve never known anything like it,” said Rodney Berman, chief executive of Golden Gloves, which is promoting the tournament.

“All the major fighters, among them Gennady Golovkin, Nobuhiro Ishida and Edwin Rodriguez, are bringing out supporters while Zsolt Erdei has asked for a special block booking at the venue for his Hungarian supporters.”

Golden Gloves, in partnership with the Monte-Carlo SBM Group, is planning week-long festivities leading up to the fights. Continue reading

Edwin Rodriguez with tough test against Ezequiel Maderna on March 30th

549Photo by Ed Diller — WORCESTER, Mass. (February 15, 2013) – Undefeated, United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight champion Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) is following the path to Monte Carlo, set more than 40 years ago by another Massachusetts boxer, “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler.

Rodriguez faces the stiffest test of his professional boxing career on March 30, against unbeaten 2008 Argentina Olympian Ezequiel “El Olimpico” Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs), in the opening round of “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super 4″ at Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.

Rodriguez vs. Maderna is half of a historic four-man tournament, also matching two-time, two division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) vs. Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout. The championship final of the “Super Four” will feature the winners of the two aforementioned fights at a catch-weight of 171 ½ lbs., worth $1,000,000 (60-40 split) to the champion, on July 13 in Monaco. Continue reading

Golovkin-Ishida, Rodriguez, Erdei, Grachev & Maderna on March 30th in Monte Carlo

golovkin5New York, NY / Monaco / Johannesburg (February 1, 2013) – Africa’s promotional giant Golden Gloves has partnered with the Monte-Carlo SBM Group to announce the “Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super Four”, a four-man boxing spectacular.

The elimination event features Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs), Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs), Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs) and Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs).

Co-headlining this mammoth triple-header on March 30, which will pit Rodriguez against Maderna and Zsolt versus Grachev in the opener, is one of the biggest stars in world boxing today.

Undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) fresh off his sensational seventh-round destruction of Gabriel Rosado at Madison Square Garden, will defend his title against dangerous Japanese contender Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8, 9 KOs). The Golovkin-Ishida bout will be promoted in association with K2 Promotions, while the Rodriguez-Maderna and Erdei-Grachev matchups will be promoted in association with DiBella Entertainment. Continue reading

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez: “If Kelly Pavlik thinks I’m so horrible, he should prove it in the ring”

By Joseph Herron – After his dominant performance against previously undefeated KO artist Jason Escalera on HBO Boxing After Dark two weeks ago, Super Middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) immediately issued a challenge to former universally recognized Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik.

Although the superb match-up would be one of the more fan friendly pairings that could possibly be made in the talent enriched division, the Youngstown, Ohio native stated through numerous media sources that Edwin isn’t an accomplished enough fighter to make a truly meaningful fight at this stage in his career.

The Dominican born puncher had much to say about Kelly’s public commentary on the October 9th edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

“In a recent interview I read, Kelly Pavlik stated that I was horrible and that he would rather watch paint dry than watch one of my fights,” stated Edwin Rodriguez. “He also stated that there wasn’t enough money in a fight with me at this time.”

After headlining HBO Boxing After Dark and closing the show with a resounding bang, “La Bomba” found great folly and hypocrisy in Kelly’s response. Continue reading

Tonight’s “The Pugilist KOrner”: Mikey Garcia, Edwin Rodriguez and More!

Blogtalkradio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight title challenger Mikey Garcia, Super Middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez, Boxing Manager Luis Decubas Jr, and two young fighters making their introduction to the listening audience, Melson Boyd and William McElroy.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Making his debut to “The Pugilist KOrner” will be WBO Featherweight title challenger Mikey Garcia (29-0, 25 KOs). The talented young fighter will discuss his upcoming November 10th fight date on HBO, as well as his search for an interim opponent while current WBO Champ Orlando Salido is on the mend. Continue reading

News: Edwin Rodriguez wants Arthur Abraham fight; Single-fisted boxer fights on 10/27

(Photo credit: Edward Diller) WORCESTER, MA (October 4, 2012) – Fresh off his thorough destruction of previously unbeaten Jason Escalera last Saturday night on HBO Boxing After Dark, undefeated Dominican dandy Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) is targeting world champions and top 10 contenders in the super middleweight division.

The only problem for Rodriguez last Saturday evening was getting glitter from Escalera’s trunks off his face.

“I’m ready to fight the best at 168-pounds,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to make a major statement in my last fight and did. I’ve feel that I’ve earned a world title shot. I trust my promoter, Lou DiBella, and manager, Larry Army, to get my world title shot as soon as possible. I’ll fight anybody they put in the ring with me, whether it’s a world champion, or a top contender. My time is now.”

Having gained invaluable experience sparring with the likes of past and present world champions such as Carl Froch, Chad Dawson, Daniel Geale, and Jean Pascal, the 27-year-old Rodriguez has developed into a complete fighter in the past year working with head coach Ronnie Shields in his last four fights. Continue reading