Mar 18, 2 years ago

Edwin Rodriguez out-points Don George with technically exquisite performance

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Having underwhelmed during his last performance in 2011 against Will Rosinsky, undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez boxed superbly in his first fight in 2012 as he virtually shut Don George out due to his reliance on his trusted jab. Rodriguez won a unanimous decision at the packed Madison Square Garden on the Get Your Irish Up card on Saturday, March 17.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Rodriguez
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
- -
George
9 9 9
9 9 9 9 9 9 9 - -

Official verdict: 96-94, 99-91, 97-93; a unanimous decision to Rodriguez.

Boxing with good technique, Edwin Rodriguez out-gunned Don George as early as round one, paying particular attention to the body and connecting with acute right hands to the ribs. By the third, George took control of the centre of the ring while Edwin boxed around the ring’s periphery. George attached the overhand right to the jab and it landed with such force that it made Rodriguez stick his tongue out in an act of kidology. Rodriguez, though, retained a high work-rate and a commanding lead.

With a calculated yet relentless game-plan, Rodriguez kept working George over with an assortment of shots such as crafty uppercuts on the inside, distance-measuring jabs and right hands to the body. None of this, though, made George think twice about taking forward steps as he maintained pressure on Rodriguez. Edwin, though, through all rounds to the midway stage, was just the far, far more active puncher.

In round eight, Rodriguez was producing a jabbing clinic. Trainers in the old times would implore fighters to work their jabs as it not only establishes range, keeps the opponent at bay, if sturdy enough like Edwin’s is then it can accumulate damage and it’s also the punch that begins moves/combinations. This was not lost on Rodriguez… he’d pop the orthodox lead shot into George’s head in a precise manner, doubling up on it, trebling up, then, when the opportunity presented itself to land the right hand over the top – he’d connect.

George fought more aggressively in the tenth and final round. He sought to rough La Bomba up but, despite his astonishing knockout ratio, he lacked the lights-out power to wobble Rodriguez’s legs let alone put him on his seat. Whilst Rodriguez appeared to out-work, out-throw and out-land George in each of the ten rounds, the judges at ringside had it slightly closer, yet Edwin was still – rightly – awarded a unanimous decision win.

With victory, Rodriguez moves closer to a world title shot in the super middleweight division and enhances his record to 21-0-0, 14ko. George, meanwhile, moves down to 22-2-1, 19ko.

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Oct 25, 3 years ago

Videos: Compubox punch stats back Rodriguez’s shutout points win over Rosinsky

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

In a battle of unbeaten super middleweight prospects on Friday, October 21 at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, it was Edwin Rodriguez who trumped Will Rosinsky but the scoring (100-90 x 3) attracted the ire of fight scribes who felt Rosinsky had battled to at least a draw. The Compubox punch stats, though, back the judges as Rodriguez out-landed Rosinsky in eight rounds.

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(Embedded video above credit – Youtube, SuperBoxingVideos)

CompuBox PunchStat Report

Total Punches Landed / Thrown

Round   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Rodriguez

32/77

24/73

26/79

22/72

37/93

18/67

27/78

29/82

31/77

32/92

42%

33%

33%

31%

40%

27%

35%

35%

40%

35%

Rosinsky

18/48

26/60

22/54

22/61

23/63

15/45

24/63

24/72

19/51

21/61

38%

43%

41%

36%

37%

33%

38%

33%

37%

34%

(Embedded video below credit – Youtube, SuperBoxingVideos)

Jabs Landed / Thrown

Round   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Rodriguez

6/37

7/36

8/34

1/24

8/37

3/35

5/29

6/30

7/24

3/21

16%

19%

24%

4%

22%

9%

17%

20%

29%

14%

Rosinsky

8/28

7/18

6/23

10/35

9/28

7/21

4/25

8/35

6/26

8/27

29%

39%

26%

29%

32%

33%

16%

23%

23%

30%

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Power Punches Landed / Thrown

Round   

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Rodriguez

26/40

17/37

18/45

21/48

29/56

15/32

22/49

23/52

24/53

29/71

65%

46%

40%

44%

52%

47%

45%

44%

45%

41%

Rosinsky

10/20

19/42

16/31

12/26

14/35

8/24

20/38

16/37

13/25

13/34

50%

45%

52%

46%

40%

33%

53%

43%

52%

38%

(Embedded video below credit – Youtube, SuperBoxingVideos)

Final PunchStat Report

                   Punches Landed / Thrown

  

Total Punches

Jabs

Power Punches

Rodriguez

278 / 790

54 / 307

224 / 483

35%

18%

46%

Rosinsky

214 / 578

73 / 266

141 / 312

37%

27%

45%

On The Beak saw a 96-94 fight in favour of Rosinsky. And, when scoring a fight, it is important to note effective punching and who did more damage to whom in each of the rounds. Whilst computer judging can provide fans with a useful tool for fight assessment, punch stats can never give an accurate impression of how hurtful one particular shot is.

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Oct 22, 3 years ago

Rodriguez takes Rosinsky’s zero and preserves his own but scoring is questionable

Denzil Stone – Atlantic City

Undefeated super middle contender Edwin Rodriguez put his unblemished record on the line when he took on little known prospect Will Rosinsky at a 172lb catchweight at the Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday, October 21 yet the wide scores of 100-90 (x3) will raise eyebrows as Rosinsky forced Rodriguez to the outside due to his unrelenting pressure.

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Stone’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Rodriguez 10 9
9 10 10 10 9 9 9 9
- -
Rosinsky
9 10 10 9 9 9 10 10 10 10
- -

Judges verdict: 100-90, 100-90, 100-90, in favour of Rodriguez.

Pumping out his lead jab whilst retaining a sprightliness on his feet, Edwin Rodriguez boxed in spurts, moved laterally in the ring and attempted to wear Will Rosinsky down with body shots. In return, the New Yorker who was making a considerable step-up in class by taking on La Bomba, tagged Rodriguez with right hand power shots on numerous occasions.

The second round contained an intriguing battle for distance. Rodriguez wanted to keep the fight at mid-range, where he could step-back and then fire in a solitary shot to the gut, however, Rosinsky’s desire to take the fight to the inside ensured he was – more often than not – fighting on the Dominican’s toes. With 20 seconds remaining on the ring clock, Rodriguez tested Rosinsky’s chin with a hellacious overhand right that would wobble most.

In the opening ten seconds of the third, Rosinsky, double, treble and quadrupled up on the jab, however, he was defence-less against the overhand right and Rosinsky’s corner could be heard barking ‘keep them up’; a reminder of the instruction he received between rounds to employ a defence against Rodriguez’s right hands. In the round’s final minute, Rodriguez had a battle on his hands keeping Rosinsky off of him as the American forced him against the turnbuckle where he had to fend off a flurry.

Upper body movement foiled Rodriguez’s weaponry in the fourth round. A high-tempo fight, the pace seemed to suit the pressuring style of Rosinsky more so. Left hooks from close range and overhand rights from the outside proved Rodriguez’s most useful shots.

By the fifth, Rodriguez had established a jabbing rhythm that he was able to attach his straight right onto before throwing his combinations whilst in the pocket. He needed to be in and out, though, otherwise Rosinsky was able to take over as he was the more comfortable inside fighter. With 30 seconds remaining on the clock, Rodriguez sent in a looping right hand that pounded into Rosinsky’s cheek-bone.

Between rounds, Rosinky’s head second iterated the importance of keeping busy. Rosinsky landed the first meaningful punch in the sixth – a left jab – but, despite what he had just heard, he was too cagey, keeping his hands up and not throwing enough leather to a: perturb Rodriguez from closing the gap and b: deserve the ten score. Rodriguez, meanwhile, paid particular attention to his opponent’s body.

Rosinsky caught Rodriguez with a telling left hook midway through the seventh and, moments later, targeted the body with hard punches. Rodriguez sought to reply with flurries but Rosinsky, for the first real time in the contest, began actively moving his head which meant he was able to slip Rodriguez’s tough right.

Having lost the seventh round, Rodriguez began the eighth looking to unleash heavy leather but Rosinsky parried the first blows on his gloves and forearms. For the first time in the contest, Rosinsky’s legs were considerably weakened after Rodriguez unleashed a huge right hand… Rosinsky, though, acted like a fighter by responding with punches and a brawl ensued in the corner until the bell chimed the end of play.

Fighting with his back on the ropes, Rodriguez relinquished control of the fight to Rosinsky who had the taller man where he wanted him and it took Rodriguez a while to motion away from the danger zone.

Inspired by a pep talk from his corner who said he should ‘do it for his father’ (who passed away in December, 2010), Rosinsky boxed with aggression in the final round. Rodriguez was struck with four-punch moves midway through the stanza and looked to land his own heavy hits but increasingly was flinging his fists at air and not Will’s pale frame.

At the fight’s end, both fighters celebrated… arms aloft, mounting the turnbuckles, confident they had done enough to win. Rodriguez showed good boxing ability in a number of rounds in the first half of the fight, but Rosinsky’s jab, his pressure and come-forward nature dictated the flow and gained him a crucial edge.

To have the three ringside judges record identical scores of 100-90 meant that in every round of the scheduled ten, they deemed Rosinsky to be inferior. This was not the case and an insult to the work-rate of the New Yorker. The fight was close and there were many rounds were it could have gone to either man so Rodriguez prevailing by way of majority decision would have raised few questions, but considering his fighter’s display, Rosinsky’s promoter may want answers having to explain a unanimous decision loss…

With the win, Rodriguez rose to 20-0-0, 14ko while Rosinsky dropped to 14-1-0, 8ko.

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Aug 18, 3 years ago

Carl Froch to spar with 2012 Olympic hopefuls, Peter Quillin and Edwin Rodriguez in preparation for Andre Ward

Alan Dawson – London

In order to ready himself for Andre Ward on October 29, arguably the toughest test of two-time WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch‘s already impressive career, the Englishman dubbed “The Cobra” will be sparring Anthony Ogogo and Warren Baister; two members of Team GB’s Olympic squad for the 2012 Games in London, as well as well-ranked contenders Peter Quillin and Edwin Rodriguez.

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“During the first half of camp I’ll be sparring a mix of some of the Olympians,” Froch explained to Live Fight following a vacation with his family to Jamaica where he was shown around the island by England compatriot and former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis.

Froch (28-1-0, 20ko) confirmed that he will be sparring with Anthony Ogogo, a 22-year-old with an illustrious amateur career having won the Junior Olympics where he won outstanding boxer of the tournament in 2004, became the Under-17 world champion the following year and, last year, was a silver medalist at the Commonwealth Games in the middleweight division.

Super Six World Boxing Classic hopeful Froch will also exchange blows with amateur heavyweight Warren Baister (who would weigh-in as a cruiserweight in the professional circuit) and is known for his strength, speed and elusiveness – something that would be an asset when attempting to mimic the movements of Ward (24-0-0, 13ko); himself a 2004 Olympic gold medalist at the Athens Games and an undefeated professional.

“The amateurs such as middleweight Anthony Ogogo and heavyweight Warren Baister are perfect for the earlier work we [Froch and head trainer Robert McCracken] shall be doing. They box and move well and have a good blend of attributes to get me into fight mode.”

Froch also alluded to his switch in camps as he may take the second half of his training period to the United States like he did for his last bout, a decision victory over the experienced Glen Johnson. It is in the US where Froch will spar with two undefeated top ten super middleweight boxers, according to On The Beak’s division ranking, as Peter Quillin (trained by Freddie Roach) and Edwin Rodriguez, who recently defeated Aaron Pryor Jr and James McGirt, will be drafted in.

“Then later, probably Stateside actually, I’ll be looking at people like Kid Chocolate [Quillin] and Edwin Rodriguez who’s coming back up to speed. There’s a few other people in mind who’s names I wont mention. But they can box and fight. Don’t worry, the prep for Ward will be meticulous and we’ve got all game plans covered.”

He continued: “I’m currently weighing around 173lb and already have found my groove in training and am really up for this one. We know what approach we need for the Ward fight and am completely confident of our tactics to enable us to bring home the belts.”

Froch then commented on the magnitude of his fight that will be staged at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City. It is a conclusion of a two-year tournament, a unification of two exquisite prizefighters’ titles and The Ring magazine championship will also be made available to the winner. He said: “I imagine there will be a lot of the big names turning out at ringside for this fight. Pretty much everyone in the sport will be checking it out.

“We have got the WBA and WBC titles, The Ring magazine title and the number one spot in the division all up for grabs. They’ve said the winner is a lock for the pound for pound lists and rightly so. This is the hottest division in boxing and if I come through Ward then me and Great Britain will be right up there on that pound for pound list.

“And trust me, you’ll not see a better version of The Cobra on the October 29. Ward thinks he knows what is coming, but he’s not gonna see this one. He can switch hit or whatever he feels like but we’ve got a different approach.”

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