Edwin Rodriguez won, in convincing fashion, in a unanimous decision over Don George on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin fight, Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City.
Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) controlled the pace of the fight for the better part of the fight, and showed his boxing skills were far superior than that of George(22-2, 19 KOs)—who normally fights in a more brawling type of style.
George does have power in his hands, as he has won by KO in 19 of his 22 fights, but had a hard time landing anything of real significance against Rodriguez, who outboxed George due to an extensive amateur background in which he won 84 of his 93 amateur fights .
Rodriguez used the unfamiliarity of George fighting a more tactical fight by picking him apart and doing just enough to win each of the 10 rounds of the bout.
Now that Rodriguez has had a good showing on HBO's national stage, he's ready to take a step up in the rankings and take on one of the top 10 fighters in the super middleweight division.
Taking a fight against Glen Johnson, Brian Magee or Sakio Bika and with an impressive showing against anyone of the aforementioned fighters would set him up with one of the top five super middleweight fighters—mainly Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler or Lucian Bute.
The future seems to be bright for 26-year-old Rodriguez, as the super middleweight division has big enough names in it to make him a star—that is if he can step up and make his mark by beating some of the best the division has to offer.