By Scott Ploof at the scales
The official weigh-in for Thursday’s “Homecoming” event in Worcester, MA was held earlier today at the Irish Times Pub on Main Street. The fight card which is promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, is being taped for later broadcast on the popular New York City boxing series, “Broadway Boxing.” In the main event, exciting prospect Edwin Rodriguez (9-0, 6 KOs) will take on veteran Patrick Thompson (15-13-1, 5 KOs). The co-feature which was to have been Dat Nguyen (14-1, 6 KOs) taking on former world title challenger, Alex Baba (26-14-1, 19 KOs) has been scrapped due to personal issues surrounding Nguyen. Below are the weights of the remaining participants:
Edwin Rodriguez 163 vs. Patrick Thompson 164
Valar Boise 172 vs. Houston Crayton 183
Philip Jackson Benson 163 vs. Dameon Mitchell 164
Justin Reinhold 152 vs. Valdrin Muriqi *
* Muriqi originally weighed in at 156, and will weigh in later; needs to lose two pounds
Steven Ormond 136 vs. Jonathan Ocasio 134
Ryan Kielczewski 128 vs. Aaron Chavez 127
FightNews had an opportunity to catch up with Edwin Rodriguez after he weighed in to get his thoughts on his opponent tomorrow night as well as fighting in front of his hometown fans.
When asked what it was like for him to be fighting in his hometown, Rodriguez said, “It is a great feeling fighting in front of my family and friends here in Worcester. I am excited to show what I am about.”
Rodriguez was then asked what he knew about his opponent, Patrick Thompson going into the fight tomorrow night and he replied by saying, “He is a game opponent and he has been in the game for a while. He is a tough guy and I am glad that I am fighting him because he comes to fight and I want to give the people something good to see. He is a guy that is coming to fight and I know that he is not going to be an easy opponent.”
FightNews then asked Rodriguez how his training camp has been in preparation for the fight on Thursday and he said, “I have worked hard and I am ready for this. I have had top sparring with Peter Manfredo Junior and Elvin Ayala. It could not have been a better camp and I am ready to go, rock and roll.”
Tickets are still available for Thursday’s fight at Mechanics Hall on Main Street in Worcester, MA and priced at $25.00, $50.00, $60.00 , $75.00, $100.00, and $150.00. They are on sale at the Mechanics Hall box office, www.mechanicshall.org, Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket (RI), and the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Doors open at 6:30 PM/ET, first bout at 7:00 PM/ET.
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