All participants for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, ESPN "Friday Night Fights" show tomorrow night at Roseland Ballroom in NYC weighed-in today at the NYS commission's office.
The card is headlined by the much anticipated jr. middleweight showdown between former welterweight world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO's) and top-rated Pawel "Raging Bull" Wolak (29-1, 19KO's). Rodriguez and Wolak both made weight and looked to be in great shape. Rodriguez tipped the scales at 153 lbs. while Wolak weighed in at 153.5 lbs. Below is the complete bout sheet for tomorrow night's show.
This Friday night, long-time welterweight contender, and former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez, will step up in weight, and look to stake his claim amongst the elite of the jr. middleweight division, when he takes on red-hot, all-action, Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in the main event bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The bout, which will take place at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is scheduled for ten rounds.
Boxing is a sport like no other. All it takes is one night, even just one punch, to change everything in your career. Rodriguez, who has suffered some bitter, and highly controversial defeats the past few years, see’s his fight against Wolak as just that.
“This is my opportunity to erase everything bad that has happened the past few years, and put myself right back into the spotlight,” stated Rodriguez. “I can’t change what happened in the past, that’s something that I don’t have any control over and honestly I’m tired of talking about it. What I do have control over though is the fight on July 15th. A win against Pawel, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, and is rated in all of the four sanctioning bodies, puts me right back into the mix, and there is no way that I am letting that opportunity pass me by.”
After a stretch of fights that saw Rodriguez come up on the wrong end of some highly controversial, if not out-right robbery decisions, Rodriguez decided he need a change, a breathe of fresh air. That change came in Rodriguez decision to completely revamp his team, splitting ways with long-time trainer Lou Fusco and hiring Fernely Felix. Rodriguez also brought in a strength and conditioning coach Matt Petren, to make sure he made the move from welterweight to jr. middleweight properly. While Rodriguez admits the move from Fusco was hard, it was something he had to do.
“I was very close with Lou, so it was a very hard decision for me to bring in Fernely, but Lou was great about everything, and there were no hard feelings. I just needed a change. Fernely and I have known each other for awhile, and we hit it off right away. This has been one of the best training camps I have ever had. I’m bigger, stronger, and faster than I ever have been before, and come July 15th, not only will Pawel find that out, but everyone in the jr. middleweight division will find out that I am here, and I’m coming for those belts.”
The show is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, with the Rodriguez-Wolak bout promoted by Star Boxing, in association with Top Rank. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100 and $200 and can be purchased by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000, or visiting www.starboxing.com. Tickets may also be purchased through any Ticketmaster outlet or simply by Clicking Here. Doors open at 6:30PM, with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM. ESPN will begin live coverage at 9PM ET.
Wolak was born in Debica, Poland and moved to America at the age of nine. After 50 amateur fights, Wolak turned professional in the summer of 2004. Wolak last beat hot prospect James Moore in an impressive ten round decision in Yankees Stadium. He is rated #7 by the WBA, #11 by the IBF and #13 by the WBO. He is promoted by Top Rank Boxing. Garcia is on a four fight winning streak and has faced former world champions Vernon Forrest and Raul Marquez. The main event will feature Dmitriy Salita against Mike Anchondo.
Universal Boxing GYM will feature Golden Gloves Champion Rafael Vasquez (2-0), Rafael is an aggressive fast rising lightweight prospect. Also appearing on the card is Jonathon Cuba (4-2), three times Golden Gloves finalist and Rajiv Bhattacharya (4-0) tall slim southpaw, investment banker turned boxer, with quick hands and great power.
The card will also feature two other Jewish fighters: Eilon Kedem, an Israeli boxer who learned to box in the Israeli army, and Boyd Melson, 2008 Olympic Team Alternate and four times U.S. Army boxing champion. More undercard bouts will be announces shortly. As an exciting and unconventional twist to boxing, reggae superstar, Matisyahu will accompany Dmitriy into the ring, and will bless the night with a special performance.
Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KO) currently fights as a middleweight and his next opponent Paweł Wolak (27-1, 17 KO) is a genuine light middleweight, the fighters probably will not be allowed to weigh more than 158 lbs before the bout scheduled on September 11 in Culiacan, Mexico. According to Wolak, the party responisble for the decision is the camp of Chavez, the WBC Silver title holder.
- I suppose that the people of Chavez decided to change the weight limit because they are afraid the belt loss – Wolak explained. – His camp didn’t want to accept me as the next opponent. They tried to engage Carlos Nascimento – the fighter I beat one year ago. By the way, I think that I’ve defeated better rivals than Chavez in my professional career. I’ve seen several of his bouts and I don’t think he’s as good as people introduce him. I’m convinced that I’ll win the fight.
Wolak is aware that the upcoming bout is his chance of a lifetime and a possible victory over Chavez can result in a fight for WBA light middleweight belt against Miguel Cotto. - I know that defeating Chavez can change my life completely - the Pole said. - I feel very well. I'm working very hard with my coach, Aroz Gist. If I win on September 11, I hope that my promoter will organize my clash against Cotto. It's possible to beat everybody. I started training when I was 18, so I'm still young in this game. If I face Cotto, I'll do everything to beat him.
Light middleweight Paweł Wolak made another significant step approaching him to a fight for a professional title. This time, the 28-year old Pole outpointed an American Ishmail Arvin during a boxing night at Madison Square Garden, NY.
Wolak did not disappoint his fans and showed his trade mark again – constant pressing and permanent attack. "Raging Bull" bombarded the opponent with series of left and right hooks. When Arvin raised his hands, Wolak was hitting with body punches. The bout finished after eight rounds with unanimous decision of judges. The scores were: 80:72, 79:73 and 79:73 again.