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Wolak-Rodriguez rematch set, search for Rios rival narrows
As part of the stacked Cotto-Margarito II card, Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez will reprise their Fight of the Year-caliber performance from July.
New Jersey junior middleweight Pawel Wolak and Dominican-born Delvin Rodriguez will fight a rematch of their exciting draw from July on the HBO Pay Per View televised undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito on Dec. 3, Top Rank Promotions Vice President Carl Moretti informed RingTV.com Wednesday.
Nicknamed "The Raging Bull," the 30-year-old Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and the 31-year-old Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) battled to a majority draw in July that was highly touted as a Fight of the Year candidate.
Wolak is a crowd favorite with a record of 8-0-1, including five knockouts, in his past nine fights.
During the first meeting with Rodriguez, Wolak fought the entire second half of the fight while peering through severely cut and swollen eyes, the right side of his face marred by a softball-sized hematoma.
Also on the card is 25-year-old WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., who will be making his first appearance on the East Coast.
Rios will be after his 11th win in a row and his 10th consecutive knockout against an opponent to be chosen likely from among Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico, Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) of England or John Molina (23-1, 19 KOs) of California, according to Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum.
"Brandon Rios is never in a dull fight," said Arum. "He throws millions of punches, and when he gets behind, he rallies and manages to come back. The fans love him."
In the 31-year-old Lujan (38-5-2, 24 KOs) has won 12 straight fights, six of them by knockout, and is coming off a ninth-round knockout of Mark Melligan in July.
Jones is coming off a second-round knockout of Raul Munoz in June. Prior to that, Jones battled through consecutive majority, and, unanimous decisions over Jesus Soto Karass in February and June.
Jones is ranked first by the WBO, second by the WBA, third by the IBF and fourth by the WBC, whose respective titleholders are Manny Pacquiao, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Andre Berto and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
"Every fight is going to be all-action, and I think that people will say that it's the best card in years," said Arum. "Every fight is competitive, and you don't know who is going to win the fights. It's must-see television."
The Cotto-Margarito II card will take place at New York's Madison Square Garden. In their first meeting, Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) scored an 11th-round knockout of Cotto (36-2, 30 KOs) that was his first career loss and dethroned Cotto as WBA welterweight titleholder in July of 2008.
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