INSIDE THE RING: Rodriguez looks for another win in Las Vegas

San Antonio’s own “Bam” Rodriguez can go undefeated in 2020 with a win Saturday.

Jesse "Bam" Rodriguez wins his fourth straight fight by TKO on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Jesse "Bam" Rodriguez wins his fourth straight fight by TKO on Saturday in Las Vegas. (Copyright 2020 by KSAT - All rights reserved.)

SAN ANTONIO – Some people leave Las Vegas winners.

Others return home losing more than they want to admit.

For Jesse Rodriguez, Sin City has only awarded the 20-year-old boxer with victory.

On Saturday, “Bam” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) will face Mexico’s Saul Juarez (25-12-2, 13 KOs) in a junior flyweight bout at “The Bubble” in the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is on the undercard of ESPN’s Shakur Stevenson vs. Toka Khan Clary junior lightweight main event.

Rodriguez, who left for Las Vegas today, has been training for this fight since late September because his third fight of the year had been canceled twice before. Rodriguez has won both of his fights in 2020 while his upcoming opponent has lost four of his last five fights.

“Ending this year 3-0 would be something really good for my career,” Rodriguez said to KSAT 12 Sports last week. “I usually only fight once or twice a year. I’m tired of the training already but I’ve been going with the flow.”

“Bam” turned pro in early 2017 and has recently broke out on the boxing scene, thanks in part to the ESPN broadcast of his first fight in Las Vegas. His latest win over Janiel RIvera in September extended his knockout streak to four. You can read more about that win here.


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