Edwin Rodriguez victorious in homecoming • Latino Sports


Edwin Rodriguez victorious in homecoming


Worcester Mass –Lou DiBella, the promoter of former WBC middleweight champion Andre Berto, and Sergio Martinez, the unofficial middleweight champion has an undefeated super middleweight, Edwin Rodriguez. The Dominican Republic native, now residing in Worcester Massachusetts, quickly disposed Chris Traitti in his homecoming bout Saturday evening at historic Mechanics Hall. It was the 400th pro boxing show at the venue and a win that may see Rodriguez fighting for a title in the next year.

Rodriguez, rated 12th by the WBC, 9th by the WBA, and 8th by the IBF makes his home minutes away from the historic venue. He fought there for a second time last year and was victorious in the first fight at the Hall in 41 years. He used a strong punch that hurt Traietti from the opening bell, and in the second round Traitti apparently sustained an injury to his left side and could not continue. 

Rodriguez, 19-0, 14 KO’s was greeted with a loud ovation from the 1.034 fans. He wore a new pair of personalized blue Warrior Boxing shoes that were as good looking as his punches he threw against Traietti, 10-4, 6 KO’s, an Iraq War veteran. Rodriguez threw terrific body punches from the beginning and was able to land a right hook to the left side of Traietti in the second round of the scheduled 10-round main event.

“He was a tough guy but I was hoping to go four or five rounds,” commented Rodriguez. He said there may be another fight in October, maybe two more before hopefully getting an opportunity at the super middleweight title. It was his first fight with new trainer Ronnie Shields, a former pro fighter who made adjustments so that Rodriguez could throw more power fighting at 168.

Rodriguez intends to spar with CarlFroch, a friend, who is fighting for the Showtime Super Six title against Andre Ward in October. “I would have liked to have gone more,” said the gold medal winner of the 2005 U.S. National Boxing championships. “Ronnie has been working on my jab. I showed the power right away,”

It was the first fight for Rodriguez under the wing of Shields and he showed no effects from a left shoulder injury he sustained in his last fight, a win over Aaron Pryor Jr. and his new style of boxing was impressive. He made the change to Shields in order to improve his ability to land a better punch. 

On the undercard, New Haven Connecticut super bantamweight prospect Luis Rosa, remained undefeated, 8-0, 5 KO’s, with a crafty six–round unanimous decision win over Shawn Nichol of Lakewood Colorado. Nichol caught Rosa with a straight right to the chin mid-way of round four, the most significant punch of the fight. Rosa withstood the punch and won every round on the judge’s scorecards that dropped Nichol to a mediocre 5-6 record… 

In an exciting junior lightweight bout, Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy Massachusetts,  remained undefeated at 11-0-2 KO’s with a 8-round unanimous decision over 9-6 James Lester of Detroit Michigan….









About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.