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Q&A: George's Irish up for a bloody war against Rodriguez
Hard-pundhing super middleweight prospect Donovan George longs for an "Arturo Gatti-Micky Ward" type of fight against Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday night.
NEW YORK -- Donovan George has continually watched last weekend's 10th-round knockout by Orlando Salido over Juan Manuel Lopez with the idea of emulating its ferocious action against Edwin Rodriguez in their HBO-televised super middleweight clash at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
With George (22-1-1, 19 knockouts) being nicknamed "The Bomb" and boxer-puncher Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs), of Worcester, Mass., as "La Bomba," few expect either of the fighters to take a backward step.
George will pursue his third straight knockout since being dropped and battered en route to a technical decision loss to Francisco Sierra in 2010 when he meets Rodriguez on the undercard of a main event featuring RING middleweight champion Sergio Martinez against Matthew Macklin. Born of a Greek father and an Irish mother, George was 20-0, with 17 knockouts before losing to Sierra.
George rebounded from the loss to Sierra with a first-round stoppage of previously unbeaten Cornelius White, who came in with a mark of 16-0 and 15 knockouts, last February. In his last fight, George scored an eighth-round stoppage over Maxell Taylor, who was stopped for the first time on the way to his second loss in 18 fights.
"When you're talking about Donovan, you're talking about the 1950s style of fighters. You come from the neighborhood, and you make good, and you make it big, and you fight for your life," said George's manager, Mike Michael. "This is what this guys is about, and I don't think that Edwin has that kind of drive inside of him."
And as he attempts to keep his streak going, George expressed a certain pride in the fact that the bout takes place on St. Patrick's Day, meaning that the crowd could be made up of partisan Irish fans.
George shared his thoughts on the fight in this Q&A with RingTV.com.
RingTV.com: Can you talk about your heritage?
When Diego Corrales came back and knocked out Jose Luis Castillo, I got goose bumps. I've watched that a million times, but I want to be a part of something like that.
I know that it's going to take a toll on my body. But I'm willing to do that for my fans and to go down in history as one of those types of great fighters.
I'm like, man, "I hope my fight turns out like this." Of course, every fighter thrives on being in one of those fights that people talk about. It was a good fight.
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