WBC super-flyweight belt-holder Jesse Rodriguez continues his marketing campaign to be named ‘Fighter of the Yr’ with a shocking efficiency in opposition to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
OFTEN the variation between an excellent fighter and a long term celebrity may also be discovered within the approach wherein they minimize during the pageant en path to the highest.
With regards to Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez, this positively rings true, with the WBC super-flyweight belt-holder speedy creating a knack for now not most effective beating superb combatants on his manner up however beating them in techniques they have got by no means been crushed earlier than.
First, the gifted Texan breezed previous Carlos Cuadras in February (shedding him within the 3rd spherical), after which this night (June 25) in San Antonio he controlled to effectively crush and prevent Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 8, thus holding his belt.
Fairly the yr, while the breakout win in opposition to Cuadras heralded Rodriguez’s arrival because the youngest belt-holder within the recreation (which in all probability imply greater than the name itself), this night’s win did one thing even larger for Rodriguez’s occupation: it justified the hype. Beating Sor Rungvisai the best way he did, the 22-year-old proved that he belongs at this degree and confirmed, additionally, the type of dominance that would possibly recommend others round him will in finding it tricky to knock him out of his stride anytime quickly.
Certainly, such is Rodriguez’s ferocity and starvation to complete fights in opposition to world-class opposition, one can’t lend a hand however recall the upward push of any individual like Manny Pacquiao, who exploded with identical ruthlessness nearly twenty years in the past, and change into excited on the prospect of a brand new celebrity within the decrease weight categories.
Indubitably, the indicators are thus far promising. Towards Sor Rungvisai, a person 13 years his senior, ‘Bam’ displayed a poise and composure belying his age and appeared in general keep an eye on from first bell to the end. All the time at the transfer, all the time converting angles, he operated at the back of a quick southpaw jab and was once fast to make a statue of his slower opponent, nailing him with a large left move in spherical one and not seeming prone to lose his grip at the battle at any second.
Through the 7th, in reality, Rodriguez was once gunning for the stoppage, first teeing off on Sor Rungvisai early within the spherical, then shedding him with a beautifully-picked left hook. The shot, thrown as Rodriguez cleverly switched angles at the inside of, carried sufficient pressure to spin Sor Rungvisai round and feature him contact down and, although he complained, the leap forward were made.
There have been two mins left within the 7th at that level, sufficient to near the display, but Sor Rungvisai, 50-6-1 (43), battled again admirably. It nonetheless gave the impression just a subject of time, although, earlier than the end Rodriguez craved was once ultimately secured.
This, in spite of everything, got here within the subsequent spherical, when Rodriguez knocked again Sor Rungvisai’s head with an extended left hand earlier than capturing an uppercut thru his guard and touchdown a follow-up move, its affect instantly obtrusive. Using the momentum of this salvo, Rodriguez endured to stalk and assault Sor Rungvisai, now penetrating his guard conveniently, and, positive sufficient, it wasn’t lengthy earlier than a cluster of arduous pictures to the top and frame had the Thai slumped in opposition to the ropes, in a position to be stored.
It was once then, with one minute and 11 seconds left within the spherical, that referee Mark Calo-oy moved in to prevent the battle, leaving Rodriguez, now 16-0 (11), to cave in to the canvas in a show of unbridled pleasure.
“My talents proved some extent this night,” mentioned the winner within the fast aftermath. “My crew know what I'm able to and what I deliver to the desk. That’s why we took the battle.
“I felt I began to damage him down after 3 rounds. The ability wasn’t there from him. I knew I couldn’t stand there however we got here in and placed on a display. I used to be the use of my angles extra. Robert (Garcia, instructor) stored telling me to try this and I listened.
“The Cuadras battle gave me enjoy and put me right here, combating at house in San Antonio. I will be able to do no matter Robert says. I'm a distinct fighter now not a median fighter and I'm right here to stick.”
No one is aware of what Jesse Rodriguez will in the long run pass on to reach within the recreation, nor, for that subject, what kind of fighter he's going to sooner or later change into. However what we do know already, with him simply 22 years of age and 16-0 (11), is that he's no moderate fighter and that, sure, it's in all probability, barring the rest unexpected, he's very a lot right here to stick.