Via Allan Fox: Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has signed a multi-year contract extension with WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez.
Hearn is counting on 22-year-old Bam Rodriguez to continue his search for success after a knockout round of 16 against 35-year-old veteran Sriskaet Sor Rungvisai last Saturday night at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio. , Texas.
Like in Bam Rodriguez’s previous fight with the lackluster Carlos Cuadras, he’s up against an aging veteran at Rungvisai who’s past six years of his peak and is there to pick. Bam took advantage of Rungvisai’s advanced age and inactivity to stop him in season eight.
After the fight, Hearn seemed reluctant to throw Bam Rodriguez in with Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, Naoya Inoue, Juan Francisco Estrada, Stephen Fulton, Nonito Donaire or Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
While some fighters compete in higher weight classes than Bam, they are about the same size as him. When Bam Rodriguez was rehydrated, he was as big as Akhmadaliev, Fulton and Inoue.
The only reason Hearn didn’t want to fight Bam Rodriguez with those fighters was that he could lose to them, and his popularity would affect his exposure.
But suppose Hearn really believes that Bam Rodriguez is a superstar. In that case, he has to check him out with fighters who are still at their peak instead of scouring the home of an old veteran and looking for those that have drifted, as we have seen. in his last two matches against Rungvisai & Cuadras.
“Honestly, it’s like a movie. When I got into the ring, I pictured myself in a movie. Honestly, that’s how I’ve felt since I came here and when I went to my dressing room until now. It still feels like a dream,” Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez told Matchroom Boxing.
“It’s just adding fuel to the fire, more motivation in training and fighting,” Bam continued when asked if he was ever nervous. “During the match, I was at home, and I gave a great performance to the audience.
“In the first round, the plan of the game was to get in there and start slowing down and see how strong he is. His strength is the real deal,” Bam Rodriguez said of Rungvisai. “I felt it, but like I said, in the third inning it started to fade, and that’s when I decided to take over.
“That’s the job I put in the gym with Robert [Garcia],” said Rodriguez when asked about the possibility of moving from there. “We made a game plan that we were working on in camp, and it was shown tonight. He couldn’t be happier.
“When I was in there to block shots, there were spots where I slipped, and it was just inches from my chin. I know I have to be careful, but it’s a big advantage to have Robert, and he’s still me,” Bam said.