Worcester Boxer Shines in Madison Square Garden
Monday, March 19, 2012
The win pushed Rodriguez, a 26-year-old graduate of Doherty Memorial High School, to 21-0 for his pro career. Rodriguez defeated Donovan “Da Bomb” George by unanimous decision in the main undercard match of an HBO boxing special Saturday in Madison Square Garden. He then took to facebook the next morning to thank his fans and supporters.
“I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity to fight on MSG on HBO,” Rodriguez posted. “I feel like my performance last night is bringing me one step closer. I appreciate everyone’s support and look forward to your continued support as I continue to pursue my ambitions to be world champion. Thank you all so much.”
Rodriguez came out the gates quickly against George, landing jabs and quick combinations throughout the early rounds of their super middleweight bout. By the time Rodriguez landed three clean punches in the fourth round, he had all but locked up a decision. After a vicious right-hook in the fifth, the Worcester native reeled it in and boxed more defensively for the remainder of the fight.
The three judges had it scored 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94, all in favor of Rodriguez. The elusive middleweight also landed nearly twice as many power punches as George, 136 to 77. In all, Rodriguez landed 215 punches in the bout, and continues to be one of the middleweight division’s rising stars.