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How frustrating is it to you to keep getting all these wins and not be able to get the big fights?
Gabriel Rosado: “I just gotta keep chipping away. I just gotta keep doing’ what I’m doing’. That’s why with Charles Whittaker, everyone kept telling me ‘Don’t look past Charles Whittaker, don’t focus on something else, something big.’ And you know I didn’t. I knew that it was important to make a statement, not just to win. I had to stop that guy and I had to dominate because I do want the big fight. You know, it gets a little frustrating because what makes sense to me is just putting (together) good fights. You just gotta deal with the politics that involves itself with boxing. I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m not going to let it distract me or lose focus. I’m going to just keep getting better.”
J Russell Peltz: “I don’t think it’s that frustrating for me. Sometimes Gabby wants to go from kindergarten to his PhD without going through junior high and high school. When we first got together I remember him saying to me, ‘I’ll fight anybody, I need someone to protect from myself.’ We’ve come a long way in a year.” Read the rest of this entry “
Results From MGM Grand Foxwoods
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs) made a major statement tonight in the main event, punishing a tough, previously unbeaten Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) until referee Steve Smoger called off the fight at the start of the eighth round, on tonight’s special HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
“Road To Glory” was promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.
Rodriguez came out after the first bell throwing bombs and nearly dropped a game Escalera on several occasions, winning 10-8 on all three judges’ scorecards, and the dynamic Dominican living in Worcester (MA) never let up in his first United States Boxing Association (USBA) title defense. He won every round convincingly, showcasing his entire arsenal in the process. Rodriguez is closing in on a major fight, if not a world title shot, and is rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Council (WBC), No. 4 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 8 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), and No. 9 by The Ring Magazine.
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By Springs Toledo
[Editor's Note: The author feels passionate about inducting 'The Cocoa Kid" -- whose birth name was Herbert Lewis Hardwick -- into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, as he wrote below:
The grave of Herbert Lewis Hardwick was never identified as Cocoa Kid's until this year. Let's lay a wreath on it -let's show that we the scribes know who he was. It would be fitting to enshrine him in the IBHOF and see his memory receive a little of that glory that unjustly eluded him over a twenty year career."
Cocoa Kid was only eighteen years old when he signed to meet Connecticut‟s Louis Kaplan, a
former world featherweight champion with 160 professional fights. Most believed that the
teenager was in too deep, too soon. Kaplan was not only a veteran -he was as relentless as
nature in a news clip. He‟d rush in hurling both fists at an opponent like “breakers against storm
swept rocks” until a bloody towel was thrown in from the opposite corner. That‟s what happened
on the night he took the title and the gym rats believed it was going to happen again. Kaplan,
they said, had “too many guns” for this gangly newcomer with premature aspirations.
“Lawd, the way some people talk you‟d think I needed sympathy,” Cocoa Kid told reporters, “It‟s
Kaplan who needs it. He was good once and he still may be good. But ah intend to prove ah‟m
bettah. Just watch mah smoke.”
8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS
Andrzej Fonfara, 175.5 vs. Jose Spearman, 175
Jaime Herrera, 147 vs. Robert Jones, 147
Viktor Polyakov, 161 vs. Romaro Johnson, 161.5
Juan Carlos Fernandez, 119 vs. Jamal Parram, 122
Sergio Montes De Oca, 120 vs. Antwann Robertson, 118
Dimar Ortuz, 197 vs. Covan Graham, 189
Mike Gavronski, 167 vs. Gerald Taylor, 167