By Kurt Wolfheimer
Rising middleweight prospect Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (15-1-1, 2 KOs) is set to fight the biggest match of his career on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona New York, when he faces the former world title challenger Lujuan Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening. Fightnews had the opportunity to speak with the thirty-one-year-old southpaw on the eve of his big battle.
Jose, it is a pleasure to speak with you before the biggest fight of you career. How do you feel?
I feel great. Everything has gone well in my preparation for the fight with Simon on Saturday night. I have had great sparring for this fight, so I am ready for anything that my opponent will bring.
Who have you sparred with?
I have sparred with Juan Rodriquez and he is extremely fast. The rounds with him should help me if Lajuan tries to box me. I have also sparred with the heavy handed Jason Escalera. He is a tall kid with a lot of power. His rounds help me to be prepared just in case Lajuan tries something different and presses forward in the fight. Also I got some sparring in the Bronx with a tough fighter who helped me use my agility to avoid power shots.
You recently signed with Andre Kut’s of KEA Boxing. How has that affected your career?
Signing with Andre has been a blessing. He has saved my neck. I was originally supposed to fight with Isaac Rodriguez, a (17-0) Brazilian fighter for a WBO title. A month before the fight, his team called saying he couldn’t fight because he hurt his shoulder. Andre calls them up and said that this is the deal we have a contract. Then we signed to fight Simon. If I hadn’t, it would have been lost money and I have a lot of rent to pay (Rodriguez chuckles).
For those who haven’t seen you, how would you describe your style?
I pretty much do everything. I can slug or box. I fight well moving forward, backward of side-to-side. Basically, I can adapt to whatever is put in front of me. I am like water. I can just drip or be a big wave. Fighters who see my style say, “I don’t want to fight that guy!” I personally like to run away from the waves.
In closing, any predictions for the fight?
Expect the impossible. Just look for me to win. I am in tremendous shape and it should be a good fight. You won’t want to miss this one.