Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez didn’t find it easy against Isreal Gonzalez as speculated on paper ahead of the fight but did enough to get the nod after 12 rounds on Canelo Vs GGG undercard which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Isreal Gonzalez made it hard for Rodriguez, whose exploits against Caudras and Sor Rungvisai made predicting the winner seem easy. As far as predictions go, they were right and Rodriguez was able to earn himself a unanimous decision, retaining the WBC 115 Pound title.
The fight was scored by the judges 118-109, 117-110 and 114-113. Rodriguez (17-0, 11 KOs) successfully defended the title for the second time since defeating Caudras to win the belt.
Gonzalez, now a five time title challenger gave Rodriguez a run for his money, starting the fight strong and aggressive, forcing the champion backwards with his combinations and body-shots in the opening rounds. Rodriguez found a way to gradually get himself into the fight in Round 3 and 4, connecting the harder and cleaner shots.
The Judges were obviously impressed by his performance but still as at the eight round, Rodriguez wasn’t assured of victory as Gonzalez equalled his output. He pulled off his best performance in the final three rounds to secure his victory.
Gonzalez threw a lot of punches, some of which were slipped and blocked by Rodriguez. Rodriguez also lost a point for a foul in the eight round but his second foul in the eleventh was missed by the referee. The outcome still seemed in inevitable as the two wide scorecards would make a two pint deduction meaningless.
Rodriguez has now won three fights in 2022 and might still fight before the end of the year. He might move in on the winner of the fight between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez. Gonzalez on the other hand remains a top draw despite losing his fourth attempt at a world title and did pretty well to deserve another shot.