Angel Rodriguez Gears Up For War With Gabriel Gutierrez in Pomona
Angel Rodriguez has faced adversity outside the ring and was once able to conquer it. Which is why he believes that may be the most important receive advantages transferring forward along side his boxing career.
At the most low stage in his existence, one filled with not making the most efficient possible choices in his existence, Rodriguez came upon solace throughout the ring to supply him stability in his personal existence and a shot at success.
Rodriguez will face Gabriel Gutierrez this night time at the Derby Room (also known as the Finish Line Sports activities actions Grill) in Pomona, California. The eight-round battle will headline a ‘BoxFest 6’ card that may be promoted by the use of MarvNation Promotions (Fite.TV, 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT).
The 22-year-old Rodriguez (10-1, 7 knockouts), who resides in inside of succeed in Pico Rivera, suffered his first loss in his final bout on January 29, losing to Jose Marrufo by the use of unanimous answer. Rodriguez took some time transparent of the gym, making a few changes within the position and who would train him.
Rodriguez will face a journeyman in Gutierrez (7-13, 5 KOs), who resides in El Paso, Texas and has out of place seven of his final 9 bouts. Rodriguez is taking a look at the glass half-full from the fallout of the Marrufo battle and believes there is a silver lining in spite of everything.
I’m drawing close to this battle very similar to I manner any other battle,” Rodriguez knowledgeable BoxingScene over the phone earlier this week. “I had just a little bit little little bit of a layoff, six months from my final battle. (I) were given right here once more to the gym and professional laborious for this battle. (I’m) taking a look to make an observation in this comeback and show everyone I’m a definite fighter. I joined a definite camp. I’m actually excited.
“(The loss to Marrufo) was once a superb battle for me. I imagine that battle were given right here on the correct time for me to make adjustments previous to getting to a bigger part of my career. I noticed the sort of lot in that battle. I noticed additional about boxing because of I’ve always been a fighter that likes to bang it out. For me to have been a success, I needed to box. That’s all I had to do.I look once more, coming into this training camp, I had to learn to box (additional effectively). That’s what I got from it.”
Similtaneously he displayed aggression and power, having knocked out six of his previous seven opponents, along side a knockout win over once-beaten Yamil Acevedo on December 18, Rodriguez did admit there were flaws in his skill-set that was once exposed throughout the loss to Marrufo.
Angel Rodriguez Gears Up For War With Gabriel Gutierrez in Pomona
“Occasionally there can also be fights where you don’t get the knockout,” discussed Rodriguez, who is promoted by the use of MarvNation. “There’s some opponents to be had available in the market which might be tricky. This guy (Marrufo) was once tricky. He didn’t stop coming. He was once applying pressure. He didn’t give me time to think in there. I was merely throwing my hands to be had available in the market. I’m satisfied that battle took place. I believe I’m such a lot smarter now. My ring IQ is different (now).”
Rodriguez has fought most of his more youthful career at around 135 pounds. There are a lot of fights he might land in a very talent-rich division, along side in opposition to possibilities.
As he continues preventing, Rodriguez admits it is tricky for him to make weight. There could also be the selection of transferring up in weight to the junior welterweight division to accommodate his 5’11” frame.
“I actually in point of fact really feel comfortable at 140 (pounds),” discussed Rodriguez. “I’ve been preventing at 135 for two years. It’s getting kind of laborious to make the weight because of I’m growing older. I’m not a kid anymore. It’s getting harder.”
For this battle, Rodriguez was once fortunate enough to spar at the famed Wild Card Gymnasium in inside of succeed in Hollywood, which is owned by the use of instructor Freddie Roach. He was once able to spar in opposition to unbeaten opponents, along with tricky possibilities.
Rodriguez spotted a lot of benefits and hopes to train there all over again to procure very best sparring, something he discussed was once missing earlier in his more youthful career.
“This final camp, I went to Freddy Roach’s gym to spar some of the guys there, along side a fighter from Best Rank,” discussed Rodriguez. “I sparred with Giovanni Cabrera. It was once superb sparring. Good artwork. I was sparring in opposition to sorts I had in no way noticed previous to. It actually helped me such a lot, specifically the boxing facet.
“I’ve sparred in opposition to a few world champions, then again the sparring has been identical with the Mexican style of sparring. The artwork I got at Freddie Roach’s gym was once in point of fact helpful to me for this camp.”
Rodriguez always had boxing in his blood since he was once a child. As he entered his adolescent years, he would get into trouble, which ended in him getting expelled from school.
It was once a turning stage as Rodriguez’s father made up our minds to enroll his son in boxing to stick him transparent of trouble, gangs, and other dangerous influences. It was once the most efficient answer that was once made as Rodriguez has reaped some great benefits of boxing. He is positive boxing saved his existence. Now he is trying to be in agreement those within the an identical situation he was once in.
“I started boxing at 15 years out of date. I’ve been wanting to box since I was younger, then again my Dad didn’t let me. He would say it’s too dangerous. In high school, I started making some dangerous possible choices that got me kicked out of school. Ever since then, my Dad took me to the gym. I stuck with it. I liked it. I fell in love with it because of, when I got in trouble, (boxing) stored me out of trouble. That’s what actually made me fall in love with it. It keeps me on my toes. It keeps me disciplined. It keeps me transparent of folks I don’t need to be around. I will be able to always be pleased about boxing.
“I can say boxing saved my existence. That’s what we’re taking a look to do with other kids. We non-public a gym in Montebello and there’s various kids that train there. I was able to speak at a high school. We gave the students who’ve been necessarily probably the most troublemakers a free gym membership. It changed their existence. I had an impact on their existence. That’s something we need to keep doing for the kids.”
As he embarks in the second phase of his skilled career, Rodriguez is raring to make the most of any choice presented to him. He hopes to make an impact in a brand spanking new weight class at 140 pounds and end up his value throughout the game.
“I can make an observation in reasonably a large number of ways. I can make an observation that I’m an actual fighter, not letting the remaining like that (my first loss) get to me. And in truth, I didn’t take the loss too laborious. It was once a superb battle. I do my very best conceivable to supply everyone a superb battle. I did what I might. I’m satisfied that took place because of I noticed such a lot. I might slightly be informed now than later in my career. I’m grateful for that battle.”
Francisco A. Salazar has written for BoxingScene since September 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and in a foreign country since 2000. Francisco moreover covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Well-known particular person newspaper. He can be reached by the use of email at email@example.com or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing