Lem Satterfield

Wolak’s next fight on Cotto-Margarito PPV undercard?

A rematch of Friday night's majority draw between New Jersey junior middleweight Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez is being discussed as a possible undercard bout for the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight on Dec. 3 in New York, Wolak's manager, Ivan Edwards, confirmed.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told RingTV.com that the 29-year-old Wolak (29-1-1, 19 knockouts) already was being considered for the card featuring Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) and Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) before facing the 31-year-old Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs).

"Not only did [Wolak] not hurt himself" with his performance against Rodriguez, said Arum, "but he really helped himself. He is just a terrific little scrapper."

"I have not seen the fight," said Arum. "But it seems like it was a great, great fight."

 Wolak experienced swelling over both eyes against Rodriguez. But from the sixth round on, Wolak was only able to see out of his left because of a large and grotesque hematoma over his right eye that extended halfway down his right cheek.

Yet Wolak fought on, rallying for the 10-round draw before an enthusiastic crowd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.

Although Wolak did not win, he still is riding an 8-0-1 streak that includes five stoppages.

"I've discussed the rematch with [Top Rank Promotions match maker] Brad Goodman," said Edwards, who still has to discuss the potential return bout with Wolak. 

"I've always thought that Delvin Rodriguez was a quality fighter, and that's why I made it a point to get in touch with Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing to put this fight together," said Edwards. "I thought that Pawel Wolak won enough of the earlier rounds to get the nod."

Wolak has not lost since August 2008, when he was outpointed by slick Ishe Smith.

 Wolak was coming off the biggest win of his career, a sixth-round stoppage of former WBA champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs) in March.

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