It was confirmed earlier today two undefeated rising prospects—John Thompson of Newark, NJ and Giovany Rodriguez of Puerto Rico—will exchange leather as they battle for the 154-pound WBC Latino Title.
WBC President Alberto Guerrera approved this fight, and the showdown between Thompson (11-0, 4 KO) and Rodriguez (8-0, 5 KO) will take place next Friday, May 10 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma.
Managed by William Mielnicki, promoted by GH3 Promotions’ Vito Mielnicki and trained by Buddy McGirt, Thompson has quickly risen up the ranks of the middleweight division by dismissing of one opponent after another in earning this shot at the hardware.
Last year he stayed active within the squared circle, fighting seven times through the calendar year, and in his first trip into the ring in 2013 he stopped the then 5-1 Grayson Blake in the fifth round to extend his unbeaten record to 11-0.
This will be Giovany Rodriguez’s second time fighting in the states as he looks to carry over his winning ways from last year into 2013. Unlike Thompson, Rodriguez has been anything but consistent in his young career. Since 2010 he has only fought three times but will be looking to make a name for himself as well as make an impact fighting one of the fastest rising prospects within the division in Thompson.
Although neither fighter is known for their one-punch knockout power, both have demonstrated in previous fights their ability to deliver accrued damage to their opponent and finish them off.
This fight is going to be about which boxer is able to use his speed and craftiness to out think and outwork the opposition. It also marks the first time each pugilist will fight in an eight-round contest, so if the bout goes the distance, conditioning may become a factor.
Through the first 11 fights of his career Thompson has prided himself on his ability to make his opponent miss, and that elusiveness has led him to remain undefeated.
Fans will be in for a treat upon the commencement of the first round, and can expect a very technical, thought out fight plan to be executed.
Also appearing on the undercard is GH3 Promotion’s rising star Antoine “Action” Douglas (6-0, 4 KO).
The fight will be televised on Showtime at 10 p.m.as part of the undercard for the IBF junior welterweight eliminator between Dierry Jean and Cleotis Pendarvis.