IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa’s IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF welterweight championship. “Come ready,” Rodriguez warned Hlatshwayo. “You disrespected me and my team when we were in your country and I will never forget that. I am not going to disrespect you verbally, but trust me, come August 1st you are going to pay for everything you have said. You will be going home empty handed, while I will be going home with the belt as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.”
Below are quotes from Rodriguez and his camp.
Delvin Rodriguez: I have had tremendous sparring and a tremendous training camp all together. I am as ready as I will ever be. This is the best work I have had in a long time, if not ever. I am very anxious and very excited.
Lou Fusco (Rodriguez’s Trainer): Things are really good. Delvin is about to be the welterweight champion of the world, and the Yankees are rolling in first place, what could be better? We couldn’t be happier with the sparring Delvin has gotten from Ossie. He is in the best shape of his life and everyone will see that come this Saturday.
Stan Hoffman (Rodriguez’s Manager): This was the best training camp Delvin has ever had. Everything has been perfect, great sparring, great training, and no injuries. The hard part is finished. Now the only thing left to do is go out and get that title.
The card is being promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Tickets are priced at $125, $75, $45 and $30 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster.