Boxing promoters and fighters’ managers love press releases. Here’s one of the more interesting ones to hit my inbox lately:
Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez goes to UK to
be Carl Froch’s sparring partner
WORCESTER, Mass. (Nov. 10, 2010) – America’s leading super middleweight prospect, undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, departed today for the United Kingdom to serve 10 days as a sparring partner for Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 30 KOs), who is preparing for his WBC title fight showdown in Showtime’s Super Eight Tournament, November 27 in Finland against Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs).
Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) is coming off of a scintillating performance last Friday night in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation, stopping James McGirt in the ninth round for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title in Fargo, North Dakota.
Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs), fighting out of Worcester (MA), had prepped for his fight against McGirt by sparring two weeks in Australia with middleweight Danny Geale (23-1, 14 KOs), who knocked out former IBF middleweight champion Roman Karmazin in their recent IBF eliminator fight.
In his signature victory to date, the DiBella Entertainment-promoted Rodriguez cemented his reputation as the No. 1 super middleweight prospect in the United States. “Edwin’s fight against McGirt legitimized claims for him being the No. 1 super middleweight in the country, if not the world,” Rodriguez’ manager Larry Army proclaimed. “Sparring in Australia was an eye-opening experience for Edwin, who was over there with a top fighter (Geale) in the middleweight division. Sparring Froch, who was a world super middleweight champion, is invaluable for Edwin because he’s trying to get where Froch has been and remains. He will be able to measure himself as a fighter and man against Froch and that experience is priceless. Froch’s people wanted Edwin as a sparring partner because he’s an explosive puncher like Abraham.”
The Fistic Mystic says: There’s more, but you have read the interesting part now.