Interview: Delvin Rodriguez

By: Big Steve G.
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1.  Okay champ, you’ve been a professional for 13 years. You didn’t have an amateur career. What made you decide to take up Boxing?

I moved to Danbury, CT from the Dominican Republic when I was young. I took up boxing as a way to meet friends and to give me something to do outside of school and keep me from getting with the wrong crowds. I fell in love with boxing the first time I went to the gym and knew it was what I wanted to do. I did fight amateur, I had about 65 amateur fights.

2.  You’ve had a roller-coaster of a ride these last 12 months with the 2 fights with Wolak and the Austin Trout fight. What are your plans for the immediate future?

It’s definitely been one of the craziest years of my career, I’m disappointed in the Austin Trout match, but it’s made me hungrier than ever before. Right now my plan is to get right back into the ring as soon as possible. My manager and I believe we should and could get in two more matches by the end of the year, and that’s something I want to do. I know my manager is in constant talks with my promoter Joe DeGuardia, and they will come up with the right plan. I didn’t get hit much in my last fight or any of my past fights so I feel new, stronger than ever believe it or not. I still believe I deserve to be in there with the elite talents of the junior middleweight division.

 3.  You’ve been in some great fights over the years. Which fight stands out as your defining moment?

 It would definitely be the first fight against Pawel Wolak last July. I was coming off a year layoff and it was my first fight at 154. Wolak was on a hot streak and nobody thought I would last 5 rounds with him. I think I proved to a lot of people my heart, and the heart Wolak showed fighting with such an injured eye was unbelievable. I was honored that so many people named it fight of the year, including Sports Illustrated and the Boxing Writers Association of America. I was also happy that the event was promoted by my promoter Joe DeGuardia of STAR Boxing.

 4.  How did you feel when you stepped into the ring to fight at Madison Square Garden for the 1st time?

I actually fought one other time at Madison Square Garden, but this one was much different. To be on the Cotto-Margarito II undercard was an honor and a dream fighting in front of so many of my hometown fans. To get the win was so important to my career. I hope I get another opportunity in the future.

 5.  What fighters do you enjoy watching?

I work every Friday night for ESPN Deportes calling Friday Night Fights for the Spanish listening audience. I get to see so many good up and coming talents there’s too many to name. Growing up I used to love watching Oscar De La Hoya and Chavez Sr.

 6.  You’ve been in some great fights. Which fight was your toughest to date?

Without a doubt Pawel Wolak I. He never quit and I hit him with everything I had and he kept coming back. I doubt many other fighters in the division could have withstood the injury he had that fight. It’s hard to prepare for a guy who has endless stamina and a chin like that.

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