Press Release: By DAZN July 11, 2022 –
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez will defend his WBC
World Super-Flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez as
the co-main event on the undercard of the trilogy clash between Saul
‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin at
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, September
17. The event, presented by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG
Promotions, will broadcast live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the U.S. and
Canada as well as around the world on DAZN (excluding Mexico, Latin
America, and Kazakhstan).
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Rodriguez (16-0 11 KOs) is in red-hot form after a sensational stoppage
win over Thai star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on his San Antonio home turf in
June, his eighth round triumph coming in the first defense of the title
he won after stepping in late to meet Carlos Cuadras for the vacant strap
in February in Phoenix.
‘Bam’ extended his promotional pact with Eddie Hearn following the win
over Rungivisai, and he looks to strengthen his fighter of the year
claims with another strong showing as he puts the green and gold strap on
the line against Mexican Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs).
The 25 year old challenges for World honors for the fourth time having
previously faced Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, Kal Yafai and Jerwin
Ancajas for belts at 115lbs, and the Mexican will lay it all on the line
with huge support from the crowd on Mexican Independence Day weekend in
“September 17, we are back,” said Rodriguez. “It’s an honor
to be a part of this card and I want to thank Matchroom and Teiken for
giving me this opportunity. Having the chance to fight on Mexican
Independence Day weekend, as the co-main to Canelo-GGG is truly special
and I plan on putting on another spectacular performance and continuing
to build my legacy.
“Each fight now is more important than the last. It’s not about just
winning; it’s how you win. That’s mine and my coach Robert Garcia’s job
now; to look sensational each and every time we step in the ring and
continue to show the world that I am one of the best pound-for-pound
fighters on the planet.”
“I want to thank Matchroom but most I want to thank the champ Jesse
Rodriguez for the opportunity,” said Gonzalez. “I know I’ll
take full advantage of this and make my dream come true of becoming a
World champion on September 17.
“Fighting on Canelo-GGG III card is a dream come true for Bam to showcase
his talent to the whole world,” said Rodriguez’s trainer and
manager Robert Garcia. “Thanks to Matchroom and Teiken for
this huge opportunity. We will take this chance to show the boxing world
that Bam is one of the most talented fighters in the world.”
“I am delighted to make Jesse the first fighter on the undercard of a
spectacular night on September 17,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“Jesse is the hottest property in the sport right now after his electric
performances in the first half of 2022, and he’s looking to build on that
on the biggest possible platform.
“Israel is sure to give it everything he has got on Mexican Independence
Day weekend, but I believe you are going to see another special
performance from a seriously talented young fighter in Jesse.”
Jesse Rodriguez’s clash with Israel Gonzalez is the first bout announced
for the undercard of the hotly anticipated third installment of the
classic modern rivalry between Canelo and Golovkin, with the Mexican king
putting his undisputed Super-Middleweight crown on the line against
Kazakhstan's reigning WBA and IBF Middleweight ruler in the most anticipated
match up of 2022.
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