On Sept. 29 of last year, super middleweight boxer-puncher, Edwin Rodriguez scored an eighth-round stoppage over hard-hitting Jason Escalera on what happened to be the sixth birthday of his twin children, Serena and Edwin Rodriguez Jr., in an HBO-televised clash of unbeatens from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn.
On March 30, as part of a four-man light heavyweight tournament in Monaco, Rodriguez (22-0, 15 knockouts) will try to execute a similar performance against Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (19-0, 13 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina, this, about two weeks prior to the birth of his son, Evan Rodriguez.
“We’re expecting another child in April, about two weeks into April. So after training, and the fight, I’m going to look forward to going home and celebrating the birth of my baby son,” said Rodriguez, 27, of Worchester, Mass, whose wife, Stephanie, is in her eighth month of pregnancy.
“We know that the baby is a boy, and so, his name will be Evan Rodriguez, or, E.R. We don’t have a middle name yet. We will all have the initials E.R. among the males in the Rodriguez household. My wife is very understanding, and she knows that I’m doing this for our family.”
Rodriguez-Maderna is part of a four-man elimination event called the Monte Carlo Million Dollar Super Four that will include Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) against Denis Grachev (12-1-1, 8 KOs), be available for $24.95, and air at 3 p.m.
“It’s tough for me sometimes,” said Rodriguez. “Being away from my family, my wife and the kids. But my wife and my kids are doing really good.”
The inspiring story of Rodriguez and the near-death of his children at birth has been detailed by RingTV.com. Serena and Edwin Jr. were born “four months premature,” and, “weighed one pound and three ounces when they were born,” according to Rodriguez.
“My kids, I know that they’re at home with my wife Stephanie,” said Rodriguez, who has been training in Houston, Tex. “She does a really good, amazing job caring for them when I’m in training camp. I have to just keep on pushing to get to that elite level, and to get to that world title.”
The two Super Four winners will fight for a 60/40 share of one million dollars on July 13 in Monaco as part of a show that is being co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and K2 Promotions.
In the main event, WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin (25-0, 22 KOs) will pursue his 14th straight stoppage victory on American Pay Per View’s Integrated Sports when he faces rugged Japanese journeyman Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8, 9 KOs).
Golovkin who stopped Gabriel Rosado in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden in Janurary, will attempt to do the same to the durable Ishida, who has never been stopped.
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