Former Super-Middleweight world title challenger Edwin Rodriguez scored a thrilling comeback third round knockout over previously unbeaten Light-Heavyweight prospect Michael Seals on Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. Rodriguez came out swinging from the outset and immediately put pressure on Seals.
The aggressive approach by Rodriguez appeared to be showing signs of success early in the first round as a barrage of punches sent Seals down to the canvas. Seals would respond however, by scoring his own knockdown moments later as Rodriguez attempted to continue his assault, dropping Rodriguez with a counter straight right hand.
Rodriguez appeared staggered, but was able to get up from the canvas. Seals would score a second knockdown of Rodriguez with a flush right hand in the closing seconds of the round. Although Rodriguez was considerably more hurt than he was following the first knockdown, he was able to survive the round and the fight continued.
Rodriguez would respond by scoring his second knockdown of Seals late in the second round with a right hand. Seals showed his mettle by getting up and survived the round. In round three Rodriguez would bring the fight to a sudden conclusion landing a flush overhand right that staggered Seals, nearly sending him through the ropes before going down to the canvas. This time Seals was unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was :24 of round three.
Edwin Rodriguez advances to 28-1, with 19 Knockouts. Michael Seals falls to 19-1, with 14 Knockouts.
Also on this card, in the Light-Heavyweight division rising prospect Thomas Williams Jr. scored a second round TKO over veteran Humberto Savigne. Williams scored a flash knockdown of Savigne with a right hand in round one. Savigne quickly got up from the knockdown and did not appear hurt.
Savigne would score his own knockdown with a right hand of his own later in the round. Much like Savigne, Williams did not appear hurt and was able to get up off the canvas. In the second round Williams would score his second knockdown of Savigne with a combination to the head. Savigne was able to get up quickly, but moments later Williams was able to get a stoppage with a barrage of punches as Savigne was against the ropes. Official time of the stoppage was 1:48 of round two.
Thomas Williams Jr. advances to 19-1, with 13 Knockouts. Humberto Savigne falls to 12-3, with 9 Knockouts.
In the Welterweight division undefeated knockout artist Bryant Perrella scored a first round knockout over Chaquib Fadli. Perrella scored a knockdown of Fadli with a combination to the body. Although Fadli did not go down, it was ruled a knockdown due to the ropes holding him up. Perrela closed the show dropping Fadli in his own corner seconds later with a follow up flurry forcing a stoppage of the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 1:30 of round one.
Bryant Perrela advances to 12-0, with 11 Knockouts. Chaquib Fadli falls to 13-6, with 7 Knockouts.
In the Middleweight division former world title challenger Fernando Guerrero scored a seventh round TKO over veteran Daniel Souza Santos. After a slow start in the first round, Guerrero took control of the fight in the second round and consistently dished out punishment to Santos. Guerrero was able to knock Santos down in round seven with an uppercut. Although the very “Game” Santos was able to beat the count, the bout was stopped by Referee Keith Hughes. Official time of the stoppage was 1:45 of round seven.
Fernando Guerrero advances to 28-3, with 20 Knockouts. Daniel Souza Santos falls to 14-9, with 11 Knockouts.
In the Cruiserweight division undefeated prospect Radivoje Kalajdzic scored a first round knockout of veteran Fabio Garrido. Kalajdzic dropped Garrido with a right hand in the opening seconds of the fight. Garrido was able to beat the count on wobbly legs, but the bout was stopped by Referee Fred Steinwinder III just nineteen seconds into the fight.
Radivoje Kalajdzic advances to 21-0, with 14 Knockouts. Fabio Garrido falls to 28-5-1, with 23 Knockouts.
In other bouts:
Middleweight Alantez Fox (18-0-1, with 7 Knockouts) TKO4 over Todd Manuel (10-10-1, with 1 Knockout) Fight stopped at the conclusion of round four.
Junior Welterweight Nicholas Givhan (16-0-1, with 10 Knockouts) scored a six round majority decision over Juan Santiago (15-15-2, with 9 Knockouts). Official scores: 58-57, 58-56, 57-57.
Also in the Junior Welterweight division, undefeated prospected Darwin Price (9-0, with 5 Knockouts) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Alvaro Ortiz (7-6-1, with 5 Knockouts). Official scores were 80-72 on all three scorecards in Price’s favor.
This edition of the Premier Boxing Champions series certainly provided much excitement with six of the eight scheduled bouts on this card ending in knockouts. The card also just might have provided a Fight of the Year candidate as Edwin Rodriguez narrowly escaped a knockout loss in the first round against Michael Seals to knock out the previously undefeated prospect in round three in a thrilling encounter.
Not to be outdone, Thomas Williams Jr. was also impressive in his stoppage of Humberto Savigne. In a talent deep Light-Heavyweight division it will be interesting to see what the future holds for Rodriguez and Williams heading into 2016.
It would not surprise this observer to see Rodriguez and Williams possibly pitted against each other in the near future. Rodriguez is currently rated in the top ten in both the WBC and IBF in the Light-Heavyweight division. It is not out of the realm of possibility that Williams, who is currently not rated in the top fifteen by either organization could view a potential fight with Rodriguez as an opportunity to catapult himself into contention for a possible word title opportunity.
If Thomas Williams Jr. is not in the near future for Edwin Rodriguez, perhaps a rematch with Michael Seals could be viewed as a possibility. After all, the premise of the Premier Boxing Champions series has been to provide entertaining competitive fights.
The fight between Rodriguez and Seals had fans on the edge of their seats from the opening bell right until its conclusion. Whether or not the fight ends up in the discussion for Fight of the Year honors remains to be seen. It was nevertheless a great fight for as long as it lasted and a rematch between the two would likely be welcomed by Boxing fans as well as the Premier Boxing Champions series. The fight is certainly deserving of an encore.
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