Unbeaten Local Prospect LeShawn Rodriguez
Looking To Prove Lightning Does Strike Twice!
By Coach K
(February 28th) As two momentous boxing cards simultaneously hit New York City this weekend, it was scrutinizing the two cards the proverbial “devil is in the details” came to mind when I discovered a local “diamond in the rough” among the outstanding Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin international undercard.
After closely examining Saturday night’s two competing events, drawn to the very attractive Sergey Kovalev vs Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera Madison Square Garden twin bill and impressive undercard it was there I discovered the return of Main Events unbeaten middleweight prospect LeShawn Rodriguez.
Introducing “Lightning” LeShawn Rodriguez: Leaving football behind because of some minor youthful discretions, steered to boxing by his mother, LeShawn finding the benefits of hard work and discipline the athletically gifted young talent would find his niche at age 15.
Putting in the time, blood, sweat and tears compiling an amateur record of 140-8, achieving numerous accolades including winning 2012 and 2014 New York Gold Glove titles, 2013 and 2014 Elite Division National Championships, a Bronze Medal at the AIBA World American Continental Championships and finishing as a 2016 Olympic Team alternate under the tutelage of Atlantic Veterans Memorial Boxing Club’s Mike Murphy, “The New” LeShawn Rodriguez signing with Kathy Duva’s Main Events would take his world class skills to the pro-ranks March 18th, 2016 in spectacular fashion stopping West Palm Beach, Florida’s, former MMA standout Jose “Colombian Necktie” Cortes in two rounds at Philadelphia’s popular 2300 Arena.
Forced to go the distance in his second pro outing, winning a lop sided unanimous decision over Temple Hills, Maryland’s “survival mode” former cruiserweight Darryl Watkins, “Sugar” LeShawn Rodriguez would return to his power punching ways closing out 2016 with KO stoppage victories over Phillip Legrand, Jason Wahr, Courtney McCleave.
Undergoing surgery to resolve bilateral hand issues the Main Event - Zagarino Promotions backed boxer / puncher committed to his speed driven, power combination punching repertoire returned to 2300 Arena for the third time resuming his consecutive KO streak with a first-round stoppage of Melbourne, Florida’s, Fadoul Louis.
Running his chain of destruction to five with a third round TKO win over Romon Barber, the 24-year old, Shirley, Long Island based, fight by fight improving “Sugar” recognizing its historic significance and wanting to establish his own brand wanting showcase his world class skill, speed and power combination punching under the more appropriate signature, “Lightning” closed out 2017 drawing the attention of many on lookers and pundits, taking out Brazilian journeyman Alex Duarte in three rounds in his last outing November 25th on the undercard of Sergey Kovalev / Vyacheslav Shabranskyy WBO World Light Heavyweight Championship card.
Not to shadow their talent, but as in life, boxing like most sports often paying too much attention to the squeaky wheeled super stars ala UK’s new TV star Amir “King” Khan, Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Cincinnati “Problem Child” Adrien Broner true to his Coach Mike Murphy’s, Atlantic Veterans Memorial Boxing Club forged “actions speak louder than words” creed all the noise with this soft-spoken blue-chip will come inside the ropes and between the bells.
“Lightning ROD” planning to let his hands do the talking and showcase his personal application of the “Sweet Science” returns to “The Theater” in Madison Square Garden this Saturday, night, when he takes on Valdosta, Georgia’s upset minded Martez Jackson, 4-1-2, 2Ko’s in a six-round middleweight bout.
Lighting” RODriguez ahead of Saturday night’s fight:
What do you think separates you from other prospects in the division?
I think it is my dedication and attention to detail together with in my hand and foot speed.
If anything, what was your biggest disappointment fighting as an amateur?
While no one likes to lose, I would have to say it was my not making it to the Olympics.
What would you say is the biggest change, now training as a pro?
No real change in effort or dedication, maybe just a little more attention to the fight plan now knowing who your opponent is going in. Coach Murphy and coach Dan Rhodes are cutting edge and keep always me sharp and focused.
Eight fights into your pro career, what would you say is your greatest asset?
I think it’s the fact that I enjoy boxing and am surrounded by a solid team.
What can you tell your fast-growing fan base about your hand injuries?
I broke my left hand in my sixth pro fight and later I was out for eleven months after breaking my right hand during training. It feels fine now and I don’t see it as a problem down the road.
What can you tell us about fighting at “The Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden?
Keeping in mind it's not the big house and it the "The Theater" it is still always a great feeling to fight where so many boxings greats have made history. It’s actually my third time fighting there. I won the NY Golden Gloves there twice and was fortunate to fight there in my last bout in November on the Kovalev / Shabransky undercard.
Who is your favorite Fighter?
That’s easy, Floyd Mayweather.
Who or what is your biggest influence to date?
My mother and Coach Murphy.
Anything to say about your opponent?
I really don’t know much about him. I know he’s never been stopped. I never want to under estimate anyone but I am confident and I always come prepared to fight.
What’s your call on the Sergey Kovalev Igor Mikhalkin and Dmitry Bivol vs Sullivan Barrera bouts?
I see “Krusher” winning by knockout and Bivol and Barrera as an even fight.
What are your future goals in and out of the ring?
Right now to stay unbeaten, winning each fight one by one and eventually fight and win a world title. After that not sure.
One thing is for sure! Saturday night, this local talent is primed to squash the long-believed myth “Lightning” doesn’t strike the same place twice!
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About March 3: The Saturday, March 3 main event between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev and Igor Mikhalkin is a 12-round match-up for the WBO Light Heavyweight World Title at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-main event features WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol versus Sullivan Barrera in a 12-round title fight. The event is promoted by Main Events, Krusher Promotions and World of Boxing in association with EC Box Promotions and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. Tickets range from $50 to $300 and will be available through TicketMaster.com, the Madison Square Garden Box office and the Main Events office by calling 973-200-7050 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.