Thursday, July 30, 2009

Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez

Isaac Hlatswayo vs Delvin Rodriguez
Vacant IBF Welterweight Title
August 1, 2009
Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino
Uncasville, CT

Classy boxer-puncher Delvin Rodriguez has been seeking a breakthrough type of fight for some time, and he has had to travel to South Africa for his opportunity.

Rodriguez, the 28-year-old from Connecticut, meets Isaac Hlatswayo in an IBF welterweight title elimination match at the Emperors Palace casino hotel in Kempton Park on Monday — a championship chance against Joshua Clottey awaits the winner.

Hlatswayo, 31, is the slight favourite based on the fight’s location. Rodriguez has some advantages, though. He is younger and taller — and he’s also a 147-pounder meeting a boxer who was fighting at 140 pounds just a couple of years ago. In addition to this, Rodriguez clearly seems to be the puncher in the fight.

A slight concern is that Rodriguez’s last fight saw his opponent, Oscar Diaz, collapse afterwards and undergo brain surgery. It put a sad postscript on what had been a superb performance by Rodriguez, and one must wonder if the fight will have any effect on the way he performs against Hlatswayo. When something such as this happens, a fighter can usually come to terms with the situation by knowing that what happened was just an accident, but you never know. Fighters react to these things in different ways.

Source: Fight Writer


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