Knock Out King David “El Nino” Rodriguez takes another step towards Global Domination

EL PASO, TX (August 27th, 2011) – On Friday, September 2nd, undefeated Heavyweight Contender David “El Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs) will officially announce that his third fight this year will take place in his home town of El Paso, TX.

The heavy handed fighter was last seen on June 24th at the Don Haskins Center, taking out former WBA heavyweight title holder Owen Beck in dramatic and spectacular fashion with a devastating 3rd round knock-out.

Rodriguez looks to capture the imagination of the boxing world once again with another winning KO performance at El Paso’s home for America’s pastime, Cohen Stadium on Saturday, October 15th.

Just like Joe Louis vs. Jersey Joe Walcott at the old Yankee Stadium in 1948, “The Battle at the Ballpark” will renew a long standing American tradition of great heavyweight fights under the lights of an outdoor baseball stadium.

Batting in the clean-up spot, David plans on improving his already impressive KO percentage of (.943) as well as continuing his undefeated streak of 35 consecutive victories without a single blemish on his professional record.

By stopping Beck on June 24th, Rodriguez became the WBC FECOMBOX titleholder and solidified his claim as a legitimate heavyweight contender.

Now “El Nino” looks forward to making another championship statement in the heavyweight division.

“I can’t wait to get back into the ring,” states the 33 year old Heavyweight contender. “I look forward to putting on another knock-out performance in front of my home town fans and moving another step closer to achieving my ultimate goal of becoming the next great American Heavyweight Champion.”

The official press conference for “Battle at the Ballpark” will take place at 4:00 PM MST on September 2nd at the Speaking Rock Casino and Entertainment Center, located at 122 S Old Pueblo, El Paso, TX, 79907.

So plan on buying your tickets along with your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, because “El Nino” will “Go Yard” on October 15th at “The Battle at the Ballpark”!!

“Battle at the Ballpark” is presented by Speaking Rock Casino and Zeferino Entertainment. This will be the first installment of a Multi-date agreement executed between both parties to bring Professional Boxing back to the Cohen Stadium in El Paso Texas.


Five Irish boxers will be involved in today's semi-finals at the European Youth Championships at the Citywest Hotel Convention Centre in Dublin.

Stephen Broadhurst, Jack Morrissey, Joe Fitzpatrick, Michael O'Reilly and Gary Sweeny are through to the last-four.
All five are guaranteed at least bronze.

Today's semi-finals will be decided over two sessions starting at 2pm and 7pm.

Please see above attachment for full draw.


European Youth Championships Citywest Hotel Convention Centre Dublin

August 26th


Afternoon (2pm)

75Kg; Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) v Rauf Rashimov (Azerbaijan)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Ireland) v Ivan Veryasov (Russia)

Evening (7pm)

52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Ireland) v Vasily Vetkin (Russia)
69Kg: Michael O'Reilly (Ireland) v Vikar Murashin (Belarus)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) v Nikita Versockis (Latvia)



Michael O'Reilly, Joe Fitzpatrick and Gary Sweeney guaranteed Ireland another three bronze medals at the European Youth Championships at the Citywest Convention Centre tonight.

But team captain Michael McDonagh, Kieran Forde and Evan Metcalfe bowed out of the tournament following last-eight reversals this afternoon and evening.

Earlier today, Stephen Broadhurst and Jack Morrissey guaranteed Ireland's first bronze medals of the Championships with quarter-final wins.

Belfast flyweight Fitzpatrick (Immaculata BC) got Ireland off to a positive start tonight with a 15-14 verdict over Tural Ahmadov of Azerbaijan.

And O'Reilly, who boxes out of the Portlaoise BC, followed that up with a convincing 18-5 win over English welterweight Damon Jones.

Mayo light-heavy Sweeney (All Stars BC) completed the hat-trick with a well deserved 10-6 decision over 2010 European Junior champ Aleksandre Dokvadze of Georgia.

Dundalk middleweight Broadhurst beat Scotland's Grant Quigley 8-5 this afternoon, followed by a 15-10 win for Morrissey over Paulius Zujevaz of Lithuania.

But McDonagh, boxing in the lightweight category, was on the wrong end of a 9-6 reversal to Azerbaijani southpaw Parviz Baghirov this evening, while Forde was agonisingly edged out on a double countback versus Ievegenii Parkhomenko of the Ukraine

Metcalfe was also desperately unlucky, the Crumlin BC light-flyweight losing 15-14 to 2009 AIBA World Junior champ Koryan Soghomonyan this afternoon.

Friday's semi-finals will be held over two session beginning at 2pm and 7pm.

The finals will be held Saturday beginning at 2.30pm.


European Youth Championships Citywest Convention Centre Dublin

Quarter-finals August 25th

Session 13 (A) 2pm

49Kg: Viktor Komkov (Lithuania) beat Stefan Caslarov (Romania) 18-12
49Kg: Gabil Mamedov (Russia) beat Nayhan Nazifov (Bulgaria) 18-7
56Kg: Theo Krechlok (Germany) beat Elias Friha (France) 17-9
56Kg: Luril Shestak (Ukraine) beat Enrico la Cruz (Holland) 8-5
75Kg: Magomed Madiev (Russia) beat Szilard Szabo (Hungary) 10-3
75Kg: Muhammad Bangaev (Germany) beat Bilal Raham Abdel Khattab (Denmark) 10-6
91Kg: Nikita Stepanovs (Latvia) beat Mirel Yitaru (Romania) 16-9
91Kg: Gevorg Manukyan (Ukraine) beat Roman Fress (Germany) 14-6
91+Kg:Vasil Iliev (Bulgaria) beat Janis Rende (Latvia) RSC2
91+Kg:Heydar Heydarov (Azerbaijan) beat Mikalai Ramamenka (Belarus) 23-6

Session 14 (B) 2pm
49Kg:Oleksandr Ivanov (Ukraine) beat Jack Bateson (England) 15-14
49Kg: Koryun Soghomonyan (Armenia) beat Evan Metcalfe (Ireland) 15-14
56Kg: Radzhab Buyaev (Russia) beat Eimantas Stanionis (Lithuania) 12-10
56Kg: Mark McKeown (Scotland) beat Sylwester Kozolwski (Poland) 15-14
75Kg: Rauf Rashimov (Azerbaijan) beat Guisseppe Ranno (Italy) 15-11
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Grant Quigley (Scotland) 8-5
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Ireland) beat Paulius Zujevaz (Lithuania) 15-10
91Kg: Ivan Veryasov (Russia) beat Victor Ialimov (Moldova) 11-7
91Kg+: Gasan Gimbatov (Russia) beat Florian Shulz (Germany) RSCI1
91Kg+: Bohdan Blazhko (Ukraine) beat Muhammad Aci (Turkey) 11-4

Session 15 (A) 7pm

52Kg: Venetik Eranosyan (Georgia) beat Roman Formanek (Slovakia) 14-5
52Kg: Grezegorz Kozlowski (Poland) beat Vanja Bacic (Serbia) 18-11
60Kg: Edgaras Skurdelis (Lithuania) beat Dursun Gedik (Turkey) 16-4
60Kg: Alexandru Cuciureanu (Romania) beat Iraki Melikishvili (Georgia) 26-12
64Kg: Ricardas Kuncaitis (Lithuania) beat Genadijs Merkulovs (Latvia) RSC1
64Kg: Joshgun Aliye (Azerbaijan) beat Nikolay Koev (Bulgaria) 8-4
69Kg: Michael O'Reilly (Ireland) beat Damon Jones (England) 18-5
69Kg: Viktar Murashkin (Belarus) beat Keiran Smith (Scotland) 14-7
81Kg: Nikita Versockis (Latvia) beat Jim Andreason (Denmark) 11-8
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (Ireland) beat Aleksandre Dokvadze (Georgia) 10-6

Session 16 B 7pm
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Ireland) beat Tural Ahmadov (Azerbaijan) 15-14
52Kg: Vasily Vetkin (Russia) beat Samson Sykes (England) 17-11
60Kg: Parviz Baghirov (Azerbaijan) beat Michael McDonagh (Ireland) 9-6
60Kg; Gor Yeritsyan (Armenia) beat Henry Thomas (England) 17-10
64Kg: Ievgenii Parkhomenko (Ukraine) beat Kieran Forde (Ireland) 12-12,c/b, 3-2
64Kg: Zuar Abdullaev (Russia) beat Ladali Abdelmalik (France) 8-6
69Kg: Igor Kharitonov (Russia) beat Vincenzo Gaultieri (Germany) 9-5
69Kg: Ihsan Erdogan (Turkey) beat Fagan Huseynov (Azerbaijan) 11-7
81Kg: Coupe Bryan (France) beat Mikhail Ihnatsyeu (Belarus) 18-14
81Kg: Vladimir Korsunov (Russia) beat Burak Askin (Turkey) 19-10

Irish Squad

49Kg: Evan Metcalfe (Crumlin)
52Kg: Joe Fitzpatrick (Immaculata)
56Kg: George Bates (St Mary's)
60Kg: Michael McDonagh (St Mary's) (cpt)
64Kg: Kieran Forde (Monivea)
69Kg: Michael O'Reilly (Portlaoise)
75Kg: Stephen Broadhurst (Dealgan)
81Kg: Gary Sweeney (All Stars)
91Kg: Jack Morrissey (Sacre Coeur)
91+Kg: Thomas Conroy (Ballyhaunis)

Team Manager: Joe Hennigan
Coaches: Billy McClean, Tony Davitt, Gus Farrell and Paddy Hughes.

Article posted on 26.08.2011

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