Hard-punching Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues is set to realize a dream he has had since he started boxing as a young boy, a dream to be world champion, when he fights Mexican Jose “Barretas” Pinzon for the vacant WBF World Middleweight crown on December 5 at the Hangar Convention Center in Belem, Brazil.
With a professional record of 20-2 (16), Rodrigues last boxed on May 30 of this year when he beat another Mexican, Eduardo Tercero, to win the WBF Latin title at Super Middleweight, but he is now back at his natural weight and primed and ready after a hard training camp.
“This is my dream, my goal since I first entered a gym and took up this sport”, said Rodrigues (30). “I have had set-backs, and its been a hard journey, but now I will finally have a chance to become world champion. And its perfect for me, because when I win it will be in front of my fans, friends and family in my hometown.”
Jose Pinzon has punched for pay since 2006, and compiled a ledger of 25-7 (16). He has fought several times outside of his home country, and at 27 years of age he is in the prime of his career. Like Rodrigues, he has been waiting for an opportunity like this, saying:
“I will grab it with both hands! The same hands that will be punching Rodrigues hard in the face, will be carrying that WBF World Championship belt home to Mexico, where I look forward to defending it many times in the future. Lets get it on!”
The winner of the December 5 main event, promoted by UP Promocoes Ltda., will be mandated to face current Interim champion Gevorg Khatchikian (21-1, 9 KOs) from the Netherlands in the new year, so there is no easy first defense on the horizon.