Perez Will Take on Rodriguez For IBU Belt

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In the main event, it will be a battle of New Jersey based welterweights as Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) will take on Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (12-4, 5 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds and will be contested for the IBU World Welterweight title.

This will be Newark native Perez’ return to the ring after an eighteen-month layoff. Perez, 34 years-old turned professional in 2004 and won his first 16 bouts. He has solid wins over Edy Chavez (1-0), Josh Sosa (10-1) and Francisco Figueroa (20-3). On March 14, 2009 Perez captured the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation Welterweight title with a unanimous decision over Laureano Laracuente at the Coliseo Luis Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico. Perez was last seen in the ring, losing to Brandon Adams in the acclaimed Boxcino tournament on February 13, 2015 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
The 29 year-old Rodriguez, hailing from Union City, New Jersey turned professional in 2009 and won his first 11 bouts. All four of Rodriguez’ defeats have come to undefeated fighters. In his last bout, he was stopped by Ivan Golub on January 16 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. In a 10-round junior featherweight, Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (22-2, 16 KOs) will see action versus an opponent to be named in a 10-round bout. Following a nationally televised unanimous decision victory, in his most recent fight against veteran Thomas Snow on May 13, 2016, in Washington, D.C., Del Valle looks to continue his momentum in the Bayonne ring for a fifth consecutive victory.

In six-round bouts:

Tyrell Wright (8-0-1, 6 KOs) of Jersey City, NJ will rematch Jacob Chavez (4-3, 3 KOs) of Las Vegas, NV in a heavyweight bout. Jose Ortiz (3-3-2, 1 KO) of Jersey City, NJ will have his 3rd bout with Tyrone Luckey (8-6-2, 6 KO’s) of Neptune, NJ in a super featherweight bout. The two met twice in 2015 with the first bout being declared a draw, while Luckey took the latest fight via unanimous decision on August 15, 2015 in Jersey City, NJ. Hakim Bryant (6-0, 4 KO’s) of Asbury Park, NJ will take on an opponent to be named in a middleweight bout.
In four-round bouts:

Leon Johnson (1-0) of Newark, NJ battles Alando Pugh (1-8-1, 1 KO) of Washington, DC in a heavyweight bout. Adding to the card’s pool of Garden State talent will also be undefeated junior welterweight John “El Terrible” Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ to fight an opponent to be named. Before turning pro, Bauza was the number one rated youth amateur fighter in the nation at 141 pounds with his defeat of Philadelphia’s Branden Pizarro at the 2016 USA Boxing Youth Junior Welterweight National Championship in Reno, Nevada. Also seeing action against opponents to be named will be welterweight Caleb Hernandez (2-0, 1 KO) of Paterson, NJ; and middleweight Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KOs) of Puerto Rico.
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Weights: Rodriguez-Escalera, Del Valle-Darchinyan & More






L-R: Joe DeGuardia, Jason Escalera, Edwin Rodriguez & Lou DiBella


MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (September 28, 2012) – The official “Road To Glory” weigh in was held today for tomorrow night’s special HBO Boxing After Darktripleheader, airing live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


“Road To Glory,” is headlined by a 10-round title bout featuring undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Massachusetts, defending his United States Boxing Association (USBA) against unbeaten power-puncher Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KOs), of Union City, New Jersey.


Also fighting on the HBO BAD show is undefeated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) vs. former three-time, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super bantamweight title.


Undefeated contender Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs), of Newark, New Jersey. will open the HBO telecast as he takes on Quebec’s WBC #8 rated Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7KO’s) for the vacant NABF welterweight title.


The event is promoted by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions.  All three bouts will be aired on HBO’s Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.


At the weigh in, DiBella Entertainment presented birthday presents to main event fighter Edwin Rodriguez’ twins, Serena and Edwin, Jr., who turn six tomorrow. The entire room of people serenaded the twins with an impromptu version of Happy Birthday.


L-R: Lou DiBella, Luis Del Valle, Vic Darchinyan & Gary Shaw
Alex Perez (R) & Antonin Decarie
Danny O’Connor (R) & Josh Sosa




Main Event – USBA Super Middleweight Championship (10) – HBO

EDWIN RODRIGUEZ (21-0, 14 KOs), Champion, Worcester, MA   166 LBS.

JASON ESCALERA (13-0-1, 12 KOs, Challenger, Union City, NJ   165 LBS.


CO-FEATURE – Vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship (10) — HBO

LUIS ORLANDO DEL VALLE (16-0, 11 KOs), Newburgh, NY   122 LBS.

VIC DARCHINYAN (37-5-1, 27 KOs), Sydney, Australia   121 LBS.


WBC International Welterweight Championship (10) — HBO

ANTONIN DECARIE (26-1, 7 KOs), Champion, Laval, Quebec, Canada   147 LBS.

ALEX PEREZ (16-0, 9 KOs), Challenger, Newark, NJ   146 LBS.


Super Lightweights (8)

DANNY O’CONNOR (18-1, 6 KOs), Framingham, MA   142 LBS.

JOSH SOSA (10-3, 5 KOs), Kansas City, KS   140 LBS.   140 LBS.


Super Featherweights (8)

RYAN KIELCZEWSKI (13-0, 2 KOs), Quincy, MA   130 LBS.

JEREMY McLAURIN (9-3, 5 KOs), Coon Rapids, MN   130 LBS.


Super Bantamweights (8)

LUIS ROSA, JR. (10-0, 5 KOs), New Haven, CT   122 LBS.

VICTOR VALENZUELA (8-3, 1 KO), Patterson, NJ   122 LBS.


Female Heavyweights (6)

SONYA LAMONAKIS (6-0-2, 1 KO), Turner Falls, MA   237 LBS.

TANZEE DANIELS (4-1-1, 1 KO), Queens, NY   225 LBS.


Light Heavyweights (8)

ISSAC CHILEMBA (19-1-1, 9 KOs), Johannesburg, South Africa   177 LBS.

RAYCO SAUNDERS (22-16-2, 9 KOs), Pittsburgh, PA   175 LBS.


“Road to Glory,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Gary Shaw Promotions, is the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark tripleheader, featuring some of the brightest young fighters in all of boxing looking to continue on their paths toward their respective world championships.  The card will take place on Saturday, September 29, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods.  Limited tickets are still on sale now and can be purchased through the Foxwoods box office by calling 1 (800) 200-2882. Tickets are priced at $45, $75, $100 and $200.

Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez Annihilates Jason Escalera in Eight Rounds

By: Gordie Tamayo
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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (September 29, 2012) – The official “Road To Glory” on HBO Boxing After Dark triple-header aired live from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.


The main event featured a 10-round Super Middleweight bout featuring undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15 KOs), fighting out of nearby Worcester, Massachusetts, defending his United States Boxing Association (USBA) title against unbeaten power-puncher Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs), of Union City, New Jersey.

Rodriguez took a page out of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. book, putting on 20 pounds on the unofficial scale at 186 pounds. The size difference was definitely in favor of Rodriguez and visible from the “Bombas” thrown and delivered on Escalera at the opening of round one.

The onslaught did not stop there as Escalera was clearly out of his league being the recipient of some heavy shots that should have dropped him. On several occasions his legs appeared to be on the verge of collapsing and Rodriguez showed no signs of mercy.

Referee Steve Smoger eventually seen that Escalera had taken enough and was not going to come out of his slump and called a hault to the bout at 12 seconds of round eight after Rodriguez landed a devastating left hook, sending Escalera to the ropes.

Rodriguez now positions himself and his promoter Lou DiBella in a good place to campaign against some bigger names. Time will tell if his performance was enough to warrant the desire from the likes of Kelly Pavlik or Jean Pascal as well as the fans and networks (fans appeared to be on board).

On the under-card Vic Darchinyan won a 10 round Unanimous Decision over Orlando Luis Del Valle and Antonin Decarie TKO’d Alex Perez in six rounds.