By Marc Livitz: Tonight in Uncasville, Connecticut two "almost there" varieties of seasoned fighters met in the ring for a strategic battle. Delvin Rodriguez earned a hard fought victory over Freddy Hernandez in a light middleweight bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Rodriguez (28(16)-6(1)-3) had his majority decision win changed to an appropriate TKO win over Hernandez (30(20)-5-1 ND). Freddy was no easy assignment, as he had previously shared the ring with such champions as Erislandy Lara and Andre Berto.
Each fighter kept their respective distance in the opening round of the matchup. Although they tried to use the ring, they would eventually gravitate back to the center. Delvin would double up his left jab and Freddy was able to capitalize with a counter left jab of his own. The second was difficult to score at times. The jabs continued to connect for both men, yet most attempts at landing the lead hand were still made to wait. Each fighter threw a bit wide, too short or too low. Hernandez was just a bit more active and he connected with some significant shots in the third. An accidental head butt opened a small cut over Rodriguez’s right eye. The two exchanged towards the end of the fourth and Delvin began to push the action more. He tried to load up on his right during the fifth round. Hernandez still tried to grind the activity levels down, which actually allowed both fighters to connect with body shots.
The halfway point of the scheduled ten round bout had passed and each combatant seemed recharged. Delvin was beating Freddy to the punch, but his Mexico City opponent proved his ring savvy over and over again. He made sure that Rodriguez could never effectively gain any momentum. Freddy landed a solid straight right towards the end of the seventh which contributed to the swelling of Delvin’s left eye to accompany his already damaged right eye. Another clash of heads stalled the contest to begin round eight.
Freddy now sported a ghastly cut over his left eye thanks to two powerful rights from his Connecticut foe and the bout was then stopped according to the discretion of the ringside doctor. The ultimate call was left to the ringside judges, although the decision should have been a straight putt to a TKO victory for Delvin Rodriguez. In the end, matters had already been settled. The scorecards read as follows: 76-76, 77-75 and 78-74. Rodriguez wins by majority decision (which was soon changed to a TKO win) and gains the North American IBF Junior Middleweight title.
Jimmy Williams TKO3 Marqus Jackson – Welterweights
Chris Howard TD6 Issouf Kinda- Jr. Welterweights
Constantin Bejenaru v Excell Homes - ND2 – Heavyweights
Michael Mitchell UD4 Saul Almeida - Super Middleweights
Michael Moore UD6 Doel Carrasquillo - Light Middleweights
May 24, 2013