Doug Fischer

On the Cusp: 10 fighters poised to make major breakthroughs in 2012

Weight class: Super middleweight
Age: 26
Record: 20-0 (14 KOs)
Region: Worcestor, Mass., (from Dominican Republic)
Skinny: The heavy-handed boxer established his reputation as a top 168-pound prospect while gaining valuable experience in nationally televised 10 rounders against fringe contender Aaron Pryor Jr. and fellow undefeated prospect Will Rosinsky in 2011. Rodriguez patiently walked down Pryor, the 6-foot-4 son of the legendary former junior welterweight champ, out-jabbing his taller opponent while landing straight rights to the body during their ESPN2-televised contest in January. Against Rosinsky, the former two-time national amateur champ adopted a move-and-combination punch strategy to deal with his aggressive foe’s pressure during their entertaining Showtime-televised battle. Rodriguez consistently out-landed Rosinsky during their many heated exchanges, obviously impressing the judges with his volume power punching. However, the fight was much closer than the unanimous shut-out cards in Rodriguez’s favor suggested. Make no mistake, Rodriguez had to dig deep against Rosinsky. He’ll receive even tougher tests in 2012.
Strengths: Ability to adapt… heavy hands… solid chin… durability and physical strength… combination punching… body attack.
Weaknesses: Average hand and foot speed… defensive lapses… sometimes neglects technique.

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