WORCESTER, Mass. (August 20, 2011) – Hometown hero Edwin“La Bomba” Rodriguez remained unbeaten, stopping intra-state rival Chris Traietti in tonight’s Broadway Boxing main event, presented by DiBella Entertainment, in the 400th professional boxing show ever held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Displaying more boxing skills and patience under for his new head trainer Ronnie Shields, Rodriguez outclassed a game Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs), who is an Iraq War veteran and college graduate.Edwin dropped a few right-handed bombs on Traietti in the opening round and a devastating right hand to Traietti’s ribs (left) left him unable to breathe properly and unable to answer the bell for the third.
“”That was my signature punch,” Rodriguez said about his damaging right to the body.“He’s a tough guy. I have a good trainer, Ronnie Shields, who worked with me on my jab and it was working good tonight. I want to fight for a world title soon.”
The 26-year-old Rodriguez, the reigning WBC USNBC super middleweight champion, is rated # 8 by the International Boxing Federation and #9 by the World Boxing Association, as well as #12 by the World Boxing Council and #13 by the World Boxing Organization.
Unheralded junior lightweight Ryan “Polish Prince” Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) stamped himself as an action-packed fighter to watch, after belting James Lester (9-6) around the ring from the opening bell for eight full rounds. The fan favorite Kielczewski won an eight-round decision by lop-sided scores of 80-69 and 79-20 twice.
Full Results Below:
KELVIN PRICE (11-0, 6 KOs), New Iberia, LAWDEC 6 (60-55, 60-54, 60-55) JOSEPH RABOTTE (11-17-1, 3 KOs), Atlanta, GA
SONYA LAMONAKIS (6-0, 1 KO), New York, NYWDEC6 (59-55, 58-56, 57-57)TIFFANY WOODWARD (4-5-1, 3 KOs), Wilson, NC
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ (19-0, 143 KOs), Worcester, MAWTKO2 (3:00)CHRIS TRAIETTI (10-3, 6 KOs), Quincy, MA
RYAN KIELCZEWSKI (11-2, 2 KOs), Quincy, MAWDEC8 (80-69, 79-70, 79-70)JAMES LESTER (9-6, 4 KOs), Detroit, MI
JOACHIM ALCINE (32-2-1, 19 KOs), Quebec, Canada DRAW8 (78-75, 74-78, 76-76) JOSE MEDINA (14-9-3, 6 KOs, Quincy, MA
4 ROUNDS – JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS
GABRIEL DU LUC (2-0, 0 KOs), Quincy, MAWDEC4 (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) NOEL GARCIA (2-11-1, 1 KO), Springfield, MA
LUIS ROSA (8-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT WDEC6 (59.55, 59.55, 59.55)SHAWN NICHOL (5-6, 5 KOs), Denver, CO
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Seda, Pedraza Dominate While “Under Fire” in Ponce
This past Friday, August 19, a delirious crowd of more than 3,000 people watched an exciting night of Universal Promotions, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, boxing at the Juan “Pachin” Vicens Auditorium in Ponce.
In the main event, former world title challenger and Team Puerto Rico’s most experienced member, Cesar “Junito” Seda, Jr. (21-1, 15 KO’s) put on a strong display of boxing skill against Mexico’s Jose Silveira, dominating over 10 rounds of by scores of 100-90 in a 10-round bout.
Seda had control at all times. He imposed pressure, used his lateral movement and connected with heavy combinations to the face and liver of the Mexican. Silveira showed his manhood and sporadically attacked Seda, but without success because of Seda’s excellent lateral movement.
This was the Seda’s first fight Seda at 120 pounds.
“I felt good.This was a good fight for me because I stayed active and worked for 10 rounds, with a strong opponent,” said Seda, post-fight. “The next step is to follow the path that leads me to become a world champion at 115 lbs.I’m ready for big challenges.”
pedraza salcedoThe co-feature of the night was surprisingly action-packed as rising star José “Sniper” Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) scored an exciting, but dominant six-round decision over Pedro Salcedo (4-4, 2KO’s).
The judges saw Pedraza win, unanimously, by scores of 60-54 x3.
Pedraza hit Salcedo with strong combinations to the body and face.Salcedo showed his skills and heart by attacking Pedraza, but found little success against his superior foe.
The final round was particularly exciting, as Pedraza fired heavy combinations and wounded Salcedo repeatedly.
“I’m very happy for this achievement.Thank God we reap victories in professional boxing.Salcedo was a strong opponent who showed his skill and worked hard.This fight was great for me because I work six rounds for the first time.That experience helps me for future fights,” said Pedraza after the battle.
In other undercard fights, Josean “Pride of Ponce” Serra improved his record to (7-0, 5 KO’s) by knocking out a game Alberto Medina (0-7) in the fifth with a body shot.
In addition, Edgardo Rivera (6-1, 5 KOs) defeated Kelvin Galarza (5-2, 1KO) by TKO in the fifth round of their lightweight bout.
Bayamon’s Hector Rosario (7-1-2, 5 KO’s) won by TKO in the third (1:08) over Daniel Rodriguez (0-3). This fight was at a catch weight at 162 pounds.
In a fight at lightweight, rookie Alberto Candelario (1-0, 1 KO) won by knockout over Jensen juanadino Cruz, who drops to (1-1, 1KO).In a fight at 122 pounds, Edgar Laboy (1-0, 1KO) knocked out Victor Montes (0-1).
The next show scheduled by Universal Promotions, in association with Miguel Cotto Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, will be on October 29 at the Convention Center Guayama, when Fernando Torres (17-1, 10 KO’s) takes on Olympian Abner Cotto (11-0, 5KO’s).
The Ten Count with British Champ Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane
1. You won your fight against former European Boxing Union & IBO champion Jason Cook in spectacular fashion at Wembley Arena on 23rd July. Did your strategy go to plan?
My UK coach Dave Brown and I felt that Jason wouldn’t be able to last until the twelve round and we were right. I was in great shape. I worked a month at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn with my US trainers Jihad Abdul Aziz and Harry Keit then Dave polished everything up over the last three weeks.
2. Who is next for you, in Britain?
Nigel Wright is the English champion and number one contender. So he is next! I would love to go to Aberdeen, Scotland and fight Commonwealth champion Lee McAllister in front of his fans. That would be a good fight.
3. What about World amateur champion Frankie Gavin?
Frankie’s last three fights have been at Welterweight but judging by his last three performances. He is far from ready for me and I think Frank Warren knows this. How are you going to struggle with an ex footballer and expect to beat a World class fighter like Ashley Theophane. Don’t be shocked when I knock him out when we eventually fight.
I need a rival in Britain so hopefully he can improve enough to give me a classic fight. I crave to be in a trilogy with someone.
I would be willing to give Lenny Daws a rematch when he is ready to get back in the ring. I wish him the best other than getting a result against me.
4. Who is your hero?
My mother is my hero and my Inspiration.
My life and upbringing has been no different to any person born and raised in the inner city. My life could be very different to what it is today and my mother more than anyone else has stood by me and supported me when maybe she shouldn’t of.
5. How do you unwind?
I normally go to a Spa for a pampering session. The full works. That’s how I unwind or after a fight I try go on holiday for a couple weeks and relax. When I’m training for a fight I push myself to my limit. So I need to take time out and let my body recuperate. Training 25 to 30 hours a week is not easy but somebodies got to do it.
6. What’s your secret to success?
Work hard, perseverance and dedication. With those three things you are guaranteed to get the best out of yourself, which will gain you success as an end result.
I wasn’t born the best fighter in the World or the most talented but I work hard and kept at it when no one and I mean no one believed I could achieve what I have achieved.
Being happy is an important thing to me so every decision I make in my career and my personal life comes with that in mind. Negative people and negativity have no place in my life.
Believe and you can achieve.
7. What’s your most deplorable trait?
My tunnel vision and I’m not a great team player but that’s because I’ve always had to depend on myself. If it’s not broke don’t try to fix it.
I’m happy with the way I am. I love who I am and I wouldn’t change for nobody.
Accept me for me or jog on.
8. What do you fear most?
I fear failure. That’s why I give my all. As long as I give my all I wouldn’t have failed. I don’t want to have regrets when I finish boxing. So far I have none as with every negative aspect, something positive came out of it.
9. What’s the secret to good health?
Eating healthy and staying in shape. My body is my work tools so I treat it like a formula 1 racing car. I want to get the best out of my body so I treat it with love and respect. Quality foods, vitamins, minerals, manicures, pedicures, massages and facials help me maintain great health and I get the results in the ring. So its worthwhile!
10. What are your biggest wins to date?
Demarcus Corley was a former World champion and had fought modern greats Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. That win proved to me I was World class as Corley had just lost to WBC no.1 and future World champ Devon Alexander before he fought me and straight after me he lost to IBF World no. 5 Randall Bailey.
Delvin Rodriguez was a great win for me. I stepped up in weight for that fight. Rodriguez had just dropped a split decision for the World title a few months beforehand and he was ranked 3rd in the World. I got ranked 4th in the World after that win.
Since then Rodriguez has come back with a great performance against Pawel Wolak up at 154lbs.
Beating Alan Boswoth in a British Title eliminator put me on the map in Britain in 2007 and beating British Champion Lenny Daws 4 years later was the icing on the cake.
With all these fights I was the underdog with the bookies and boxing experts. I always believed I had World class ability but I seemed to be the only one who believed that. Everything I have achieved to date has been without a promoter and I’ve been self managed for majority of my career so I’m very proud of the fact I’ve achieved so much against the odds.
I’m half way through my boxing career and I have much more in the tank.
My future is bright, my future is filled with Treasure.
British champion Ashley ‘Treasure’ Theophane will be making an appearance on Miranda Carter’s Great Expectation show. Sunday 18th September at York Hall, Bethnal Green.