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Special 90 minute “La Bomba!” Edition of “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap”

Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner’s: Weekend Wrap” is proud to present a special “La Bomba!” edition tonight at 9:00 PM EST.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

On tonight’s broadcast, we will be dissecting Povetkin/Rahman, Ustinov/Pulev, Darchinyan/Del Valle, and Rodriguez/Escalera!

During the 2nd half hour, “The Pugilist KOrner” is honored to feature elite level trainer Ronnie Shields. The expert boxing proponent will discuss Edwin Rodriguez’s knock-out performance over Jason Escalara last night on HBO Boxing After Dark. The entertaining and candid fight expert will also share his thoughts on Edwin’s immediate future in the competitive 168 pound weight class. Continue reading

Rodriquez stops Escalera and edges closer to the top; Darchiyan’s experience too much for Del Valle

by Paul Strauss: Edwin “La Bamba” Rodriquez 22-0-0 (KO 15) pulled off a bit of a surprise when he jumped out with heavy shots in the first round of his fight with Jason Escalera 13-1-1 (KO 11) in the MGM Grand at Foxwood Resorts, Mashuntucket, Conn. Rodriquez took chances winding up and telegraphing his looping heavy shots. He realized he could get away with it, because Escalera failed to counter and instead went into an upright shell, failing to move his head. Several of the big bombs got through to the body, and many bounced off Escalera’s gloves, getting through to his head. Escalera was rocking right away in the opening stanza.

Rodriquez’ trainer Ronnie Shields liked what he saw, but he continually cautioned Edwin to fight smart and at the right distance. As the fight progressed, Shields knew Rodriquez was winning, but he also knew that he was getting hit with shots he shouldn’t be. As advertised, Escalera showed signs of being a decent puncher, but he didn’t listen to his corner men’s advice about moving his head and punching to the body. Hence, he was spending way too much time catching shots, rather than throwing them. There are good things about his style, though. He has good balance. He keeps his feet underneath him when he punches. He doesn’t over extend, and he throws nice, crisp, straight shots, but most of the time Rodriquez wasn’t there to receive them. Continue reading

Rodriguez stops Escalera; Darchinyan dominates Del Valle

(Picture: Edward Diller – DiBella Entertainment/Star Boxing) MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (September 29, 2012) – Undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) made a major statement tonight in the main event, punishing a tough, previously unbeaten Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) until referee Steve Smoger called off the fight at the start of the eighth round, on tonight’s special HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

“Road To Glory” was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.

Rodriguez came out after the first bell throwing bombs and nearly dropped a game Escalera on several occasions, winning 10-8 on all three judges’ scorecards, and the dynamic Dominican living in Worcester (MA) never let up in his first United States Boxing Association (USBA) title defense. He won every round convincingly, showcasing his entire arsenal in the process. Rodriguez is closing in on a major fight, if not a world title shot, and is rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 8 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), and No. 9 by The Ring Magazine. Continue reading

Jason Escalera takes on undefeated Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday; Burgos ready for Martinez

New York, NY (9/26/12) – Earlier today, at the beautiful and brand new Mendez Boxing Club located at 23 East 26th Street in Manhattan, Puerto Rican knockout artist Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO’s) and his trainer/manager Joe Botti, hosted an open media workout in preparation of Escalera’s upcoming bout this Saturday night against fellow undefeated contender and current USBA super middleweight champion Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO’s). Rodriguez-Escalera is scheduled for 10 rounds, and will be the main event bout of the evening on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast, coming to you live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods® Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

The card, entitled “Road to Glory”, will also feature Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) taking on former three-time, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title. Opening up the HBO televised portion of the card will be (WBC) International welterweight champion Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) squaring off against unbeaten contender Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABF welterweight title. Continue reading

News: Introducing David Price’s Trainer…..Franny Smith; Rodriguez-Escalera, Darchinyan-Del Valle & Perez-Decarie on Saturday

FRANNY Smith closed his successful business so he could play a part in helping David Price achieve his dream of becoming world heavyweight champion.

He owned a company selling alcoholic test tube cocktail shots, but a return to boxing was too much to resist.

Smith trained Price as an amateur, but retired until getting the call to assist Adam Booth who had planned to mastermind the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist’s pro career.
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Exclusive Interview with super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez

“I want to be able to make a statement my next fight to get a guy like Kelly Pavlik, or Arthur Abraham, or one of those big names” – Edwin Rodriguez

Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani – I was recently afforded the opportunity to speak with undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) who is preparing to square off against fellow undefeated fighter Jason Escalara (13-0-1, 12 KOs) on September 29 in a bout that will be televised by HBO. Rodriguez spoke about his upcoming fight and shared his views on his opponent. He also provided opinions on a variety of topics, including the chemistry he shares with head trainer Ronnie Shields, Andre Ward’s impressive victory against Chad Dawson last weekend, his idea on what it would take to beat someone of Ward’s caliber, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview.

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GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello boxing fans. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing and I’m here with super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez. How’s everything going, Edwin?

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ: Everything is great. I’m here in Houston, Texas with Ronnie Shields having a great training camp.

CIANI: Great! Now you have a big fight coming up September 29 against Jason Escalara. You said the training camp is going great. So you’re confident in your preparations for this fight thus far?

RODRIGUEZ: Yes sir, extremely confident. Me and Ronnie had a really good training camp where we were able to sit down and learn a few things, and just get a really good game plan for this next fight. We’ve had really good sparring partners. I’ve been working with Cornelius White, who’s top ten in the world at 175, and Don Mouton and me did ten rounds on Tuesday, and I feel great. Continue reading

Rodriguez-Escalera, Del Valle-Darchinyan, Erdei-Chilemba on September 29th on HBO

New York, NY (8/30/12) – On Saturday, September 29, DiBella Entertainment presents the HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, CT. Headlining the card will be Worcester, Massachusetts’ Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO’s) defending his USBA super middleweight championship against New Jersey knockout artist Jason “El Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12KO’s). In the televised co-feature, Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11KO’s) faces his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27KO’s) for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Opening up the televised portion of the card will be former two-division undefeated world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO’s) taking on Isaac Chilemba (19-1-1, 9KO’s) in a key light heavyweight matchup. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions. HBO begins live coverage at 9:30PM ET/PT.

The tripleheader is being called “Road to Glory” and the name is quite fitting as each fight carries heavy implications. It is just the second time that the top-rated Rodriguez will see airtime on the network (first in the main event), and it is a first for Escalera, Del Valle, Chilemba, and Erdei. Together the five fighters have a combined record of 102-1-2, with the lone fighter on the card sporting more than one loss being the veteran and former three-time world champion Darchinyan.

Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment (DBE), has a knack for signing good young talent. DiBella guided the career of Andre Berto from his pro-debut to his first championship. He was also was the only promoter who was willing to take a shot at a then unknown Argentinean, Sergio Martinez. So when this past year’s ESPN Boxing’s Prospects to Watch List, compiled by esteemed writer Dan Rafael, came out, it was little surprise that several DBE-promoted fighters, including Rodriguez and Del Valle, topped the list. DiBella sees championship material and expects big things in the careers from each of the DBE fighters on the card, and for that reason he feels there could be not one, not two, but three separate breakout performances on September 29. Continue reading