Austin Trout To Fight Delvin Rodriguez

680BRONX, NY (April 23, 2012) World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin “EL Peligro” Rodriguez has signed on to challenge defending WBA World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout on Saturday, June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing.

The twelve round Rodriguez/Trout clash will be broadcast on Showtime World Championship Boxing as part of their scheduled “quadruple header” evening of LIVE professional boxing.

“This is an excellent opportunity for Delvin and we're very thankful to Showtime for broadcasting his world title fight against Austin Trout. Delvin's been looking for big fights since his dominating win over Pawel Wolak in December at Madison Square Garden and was thrilled when we spoke about the world title fight” said DeGuardia.

“'Delvin hasn't fought on the West Coast since early in his career, and the Home Depot Center is an outstanding venue for boxing and he's looking forward to fighting in front of the knowledgeable and supportive Southern California fight fans.”

Born in the Dominican Republic and now residing in Danbury, Connecticut, the East Coast fan favorite Rodriguez, 28-5-3 (14KO's), has been a staple of ESPN2's Friday Night Fights for many years, having appeared eleven times and participating in numerous memorable battles.

In 2011, Rodriguez's ten round war with Pawel Wolak was named “Fight of the Year” by the Boxing Writers Association of American along with numerous other boxing outlets. The unforgettable fight, promoted by Star Boxing and broadcast on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, took place at a sold out Roseland Ballroom in New York City on July 15th with Rodriguez valiantly fighting to a ten round majority draw over the bull-rushing Wolak.

In the rematch with Wolak on December 3rd in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd and broadcast on HBO Pay Per View, Rodriguez dominated Wolak in winning a lopsided ten round unanimous decision. Rodriguez brought the sold out Garden crowd to its feet in the 10th and final round as he went for the knockout and brutally battered Wolak, who was saved by the bell.

Rodriguez is currently world ranked #5 by the IBF, WBA and WBO along with #7 by the WBC. He previously challenged for the IBF World Title on August 1, 2009, losing an exceptionally close and controversial split decision to Hlatshwayo. Four of Rodriguez' five loses have been controversial split or majority decisions.

Sporting a record of 24-0-0 with fourteen knockouts, Trout won his world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Rigoberto Alvarez on February 5, 2011 in Jalisco, Mexico. He has defended it twice, most recently stopping Frank LoPorto on November 11th in El Paso, Texas.


-Radam G :

This would be a great fight for Del Ro. Austin Trout is a lot of ..."Doubt." He's probably the weakest alphabet-sanctioning organization title-belt holder. No doubt that he has had a fine hook up, because his boxing skills are nothing to look up.

-brownsugar :

Austin Trout's image took a serious hit when he was accused of failing a drug test a coupla years ago for pot... and that accusation took nearly a year to proven false... Trout is one of the few champions (except some of the lighter weight divisions) who gets paid less than most prelim fighers. He fights south of the border, and on obscure cable networks most fans would need a map, a detective and a bloodhound to find. But he's finally beginning to get some of the recognition he deserves. How many fighters at 154 want to fight Martinez, Dzinziruk, Avarez, Cotto, Molina, and Kirkland on their own accord? Make no mistake, Trout is not being ignored and minimalized for no reason, The guy can box, he can punch, slip punches , dance, parry, counter, flurry and be first all night and he doesn't run out of gas..... Nothing spectacular like Jones. More like Hagler, if he had began his career as a technician, instead of a boxer, brawler. Trout will handle Rodriguez who is also a fine junior middle, then watch the rest of the champs and contenders look away in denial. That will change since he now has the 1 promoter who has the juice and the cash to finally lure worthwhile opponents. (Yes he's been picked up by the elusive and reclusive Al Hayman) Soon you'll all know what I know, Trout can fight.

-Radam G :

Hehehehe! I cannot wait to know. I'm reminded of the fish named trout. One can catch that sucka with a bait and a hook. Del Ro has apparently thrown out the bait and Trout has bitten. Now in that squared jungle, from the depth of the sea, Del Ro is going to HOOK Trout and may become the new WBA [regular] 154lb alphabet-sanctioning organization champion. Holla!