Delvin Rodriguez was born on May 4, 1980 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO) is currently ranked as the number fourteenth jr. middleweight in the IBF world ratings.
July 30th, 2010, Rodriguez took on Ashley Theophane in the main event on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. In a fight that Rodriguez completely dominated, and that nearly everyone who witnessed felt he won easily, Theophane was awarded a majority decision.
"Rodriguez has been on the wrong end of some questionable decisions, but this one takes the cake, as he was robbed in the "Friday Night Fights" main event to fall to 2-3-1 in his past six bouts. He probably should be 5-1. Rodriguez, 30, a Dominican Republic native who grew up in Danbury, Conn., totally dominated the first half of the fight. Although England's Theophane, 29, won some of the late rounds as Rodriguez began to tire, there is no way he won six rounds. None.
Poor Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, the ESPN2 commentators, who were more or less at a loss for words over this head-scratcher. It was a pretty good fight, but it didn't look all that difficult to score. And the CompuBox stats also backed up Rodriguez, who landed 194 of 767 shots to Theophane's 136 of 523. Rodriguez's shots sure looked like they had more steam on them as well, such as the big right hand with which he hurt Theophane in the ninth round." - ESPN.com boxing analyst, Dan Rafael.
With the loss Rodriguez dropped to 25-5-2, 14KO's while Theophane improved to 27-4-1, 7KO's.
April 2nd, 2010, Rodriguez got himself back into title contention with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision victory over Mike Arnaoutis at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The fight was the main event bout of the evening on that week's ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast.
Rodriguez worked behind a piston-like jab to set up his straight rights and left hooks and keep Arnaoutis off balance for much of the contest. In the end scores were 119-108, 118-119, 117-110 all for Rodriguez.
On November 27th, 2009, Rodriguez traveled to Poland to take on the countries native son, Rafal Jackiewicz, in an official IBF welterweight title eliminator. In a fight that saw Rodriguez completely dominate in punch stat numbers, including throwing over 700 more punches than Jackiewicz, and dropping the Pole hard in the 6th, Jackiewicz was awarded a close and highly controversial (if not flat-out robbery) unanimous decision.
On August 1st, 2009 Rodriguez, the IBF #2 rated welterweigh, battled IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. The fight was a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year.
On March 6th, 2009, Rodriguez took on fellow Star Boxing stablemate, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (20-1, 11KO) at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout was aired live on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights". At stake were both the USBA welterweight championship, as well as the number two ranking in the IBF world ratings.
Alvarez started fast, charging right at the defending champion Rodriguez while Rodriguez looked to establish his jab and box from the outside. A straight left hand briefly staggered Rodriguez mid way through the first round but that seemed to only wake up Rodriguez as he began connecting with his right hand from the outside.
After moving to the U.S. when he was 10 years old, Delvin began to take an interest in boxing. He began going to the local PAL gym in Danbury, CT on a regular basis and formed a bond with trainer Mike Salazar.
After a promising amateur career which involved winning many national championships and tournaments, Delvin turned pro on January 30th 2008, winning a four round unanimous decision.
Delvin would go onto to hone his skills over the next 8 years, fighting a number of tough fights and gradually climbing his way up the Welterweight contender ladder. Delvin, and renowned manager Stan Hoffman felt that it was time to start really making a push towards a Welterweight World Championship, and believed that Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing would be the team that could get him there.
In 2007 Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing proudly announced the signing of one of the hottest up-and-coming prospects in boxing, red-hot Dominican welterweight boxer/puncher Delvin Rodriguez whose record at the time stood at an impressive 20-1-1, 12 KOs.
Naturally powerful with impressive boxing skills, the 26-year-old native of Santiago de los Caballeros, now living in Danbury, Connecticut, came to Star Boxing on a 10-fight winning streak, including 7 knockouts and had the boxing world buzzing.
“Delvin is the near future of the welterweight division and we’re happy he’s made the right decision for his career,” said Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia. “He has all the tools to become world champion and the punching power to create the highlight-reel knockouts the fans love. We’ll make the moves to quickly put him in line for his first title shot.”
Rodriguez first came to prominence with a nationally televised all-time-classic knockdown of then undefeated and heavily favored Allen Conyers. On his way to scoring a dominating unanimous six-round decision, Rodriguez used a perfect left hook to send Conyers out of the ring, face first onto the concrete floor.
Showing constant improvement, he followed the victory up with other eye-catching stoppages over noteworthy opposition including Oba Carr conqueror Luther Smith, former world title challenger Virgil McClendon, and a USBA title-winning TKO 3 over Luis Hernandez.
On February 25th, 2009, Rodriguez thoroughly dominated previously unbeaten Troy Browning. Rodriguez nearly pitched a shut out over the game Browning, winning by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 99-91. Rodriguez, known for having knockout power in both hands, showed that he is by no means a one dimensional fighter. Continuously throughout the night Delvin was able to use his crisp jab from the outside and easily outbox and outwork Browning. Just when you thought Delvin was not looking to mix it up and exchange, he would fire off a four-five punch combination, bringing the roaring hometown crowd to their feet.
On July 16th, 2008 Rodriguez took on fellow prospect Oscar Diaz (26-2, 12KO's) for the vacant USBA welterweight championship in Diaz's hometown of San Antonio, TX. The bout was the main event on that weeks ESPN2's "Wednesday Night Fights". The bout, as everyone had expected, was an exciting entertaining contest from start to finish. Rodriguez boxed beautifully throughout the night, and just seemed to be too fast and too strong for the hometown favorite. Rodriguez was on his way to a clear cut unanimous decision, when Diaz collapsed in his corner after the tenth round.
Rodriguez was the new USBA welterweight champion, but the victory was very bittersweet. "I never want to see something like that happen to anyone," said Rodriguez immediately following the fight. "I am excited but right now all I can really think about is Oscar and his family."
With the win Rodriguez improved his record to 23-2-1,14KO and also regained his USBA welterweight belt he once held. Diaz dropped to 26-3 12KO.
November 17th, 2008 Rodriguez took on Isaac Hltashwayo in Hlatshwayo's home country of South Africa. The bout was for the #1 ranking in the IBF.
From the opening bell it was an entertaining fight as Hlatshwayo looked to press the action while the sharp shooting Rodriguez was content on firing off crisp combinations from the outside.
Delvin who is the proud father of a baby boy (Delvin Jr.) feels that he has the right team around him now and that there is no stopping him. Every fight he has, he comes in one hundred percent physically and mentally ready, and it shows as he seems to improve from each fight to the next.
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