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Rodriguez vs. Maderna

Fighters wrap up preparations: Golovkin vs Ishida; Rodriguez vs Maderna, Rabchenko vs Nicchi; Erdei vs Grachev

Monte Carlo – Gennady Golovkin is in peak physical condition ahead of the seventh defence of his WBA and IBO middleweight titles in Monte Carlo on Saturday.

The unbeaten Kazakhstani yesterday went through his paces during a public 45-minute workout at the suitably grand Monte Carlo Casino.

With his short off, he looked lean and ripped as he worked the pads with top trainer Abel Sanchez. “I’m ready to go,” said Golovkin. “I had an eight-week camp and all has gone according to plan.”

He defends against Nobuhiro Ishida, a fighter he isn’t underestimating.

“We’re expecting a hard fight,” said manager Tom Loeffler. “Ishida is tall and has some power, but Gennady is in tremendous shape.” Continue reading

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

Rodriguez vs. Maderna & Erdei vs. Grachev preparing for March 30th card in Monte Carlo

623New York, NY (3/22/13) – Tomorrow, all four participants for the much-anticipated Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super 4 Tournament depart their respective training camps and head to beautiful Monaco, in anticipation of the opening round of the tournament taking place on Saturday, March 30, at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille.

The event in Monaco is headlined by red-hot WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (25-0, 22KO’s) defending his title against former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9KO’s). The opening round of the Super 4 tournament matches Edwin Rodriguez (22-0, 15KO’s) against Argentinean Olympian Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13KO’s) and former two-division world champion Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18KO’s) squaring off against Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8KO’s). The card will be distributed in the United States and Canada on PPV by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT on both cable and satellite Pay-Per-View. Continue reading

Shields believes Rodriguez now complete fighter

HOUSTON. (March 17, 2013) – After working together for four fights and nearly two years, head trainer Ronnie Shields is confident that undefeated, United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight champion Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) is now a complete fighter as he heads to Monaco for the “Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super 4″ at Casino de Monte-Carlo. 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

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