When Brazil’s Isaac Rodrigues (19-2, 15 KOs) fights Eduardo Tercero (8-3-1, 6 KOs) from Mexico for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Latin Super Middleweight title on May 30 in Belem, Brazil, he will have the support of one of the countries biggest boxing stars, Acelino “Popo” Freitas.
Rodriguez is trained by Ulysses Pereira, who also trained the now retired former Super Featherweight and Lightweight world champion Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs), and “Popo”, who will be at ringside on the night, believes his friend has what it takes to soon become a world champion too.
And becoming world champion is a clear goal for Rodrigues (29), but he knows that if he doesn’t beat Tercero he can forget everything about realizing that goal in the near future:
“This is a big opportunity for me, which can lead to something bigger. I have to win, so I can go on to fight for, and win, the WBF world title”, said Rodrigues. “I have trained hard, and I hope I can represent our state well and win the Latin title on May 30, and then become world champion soon.”
Promoter Walace Pereira agrees with Rodrigues that this is a must win fight, if he has hopes of going to the next level, saying:
“Its a great pleasure to stage a fight of this importance in Belem, where we have a chance to bring a boxer into world title contention. If Isaac Rodrigues wins, he could fight for the WBF world championship later this year, maybe in October.”
Rodrigues has proved his worth in the past, as he won his first seventeen pro fights, including a victory over contender Brian Vera in New York in 2010. But a couple of unexpected defeats followed, and he took 2012 off before returning in 2013 where he scored two knockout victories to get his career back on track.
Eduardo “Pin Pon” Tercero, from Mexico City, turned pro in 2010 and won the Mexican Super Welterweight title in 2012 with a unanimous decision over Omar Vasquez. He is coming off a draw with undefeated prospect Jair Sena this past April, and he has every intention of shocking the local fans, and Acelino Freitas, by beating Rodriguez.
The Rodrigues vs. Tercero WBF championship main event will be supported by an interesting undercard featuring local talent against foreign opponents. Along with Acelino Freitas, a packed arena is expected to create a lively atmosphere as the fans hope their townsman will continue his journey towards the world title.