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Le'Shawn Rodriguez wins US amateur title

Shirley middleweight Le'Shawn Rodriguez (center), with trainer Eddie

Shirley middleweight Le'Shawn Rodriguez (center), with trainer Eddie Murphy (right). (Credit: Atlantic-Memorial Veteran's Boxing Club)

It was another event and another big step on the amateur boxing circuit for Le’Shawn Rodriguez.

The 165-pound middleweight from Shirley, who fights out of Veteran’s Memorial Gym, won a 3-0 decision over Anthony Campbell Saturday for his second straight US Elite National Boxing title in Spokane, Wash.  

Rodriguez advanced to the final after wins over John Zabala and Bryan Flores in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, respectively, on Wednesday and Friday. It’s the second straight national title for Rodriguez, who topped Daniel Thomas for the honor in 2013.   

Rodriguez, a 2012 national Golden Gloves finalist, has put together a stellar amateur career. In addition to his national title last year, he won a gold medal at the Olympic Cup tournament in Puerto Rico.

Rodriguez, whose ultimate goal is to turn pro, told Newsday he has one more goal to achieve in his amateur career.

"I want to make the 2016 Olympics before I do anything else," Rodriguez said in an interview last summer. "After that, I will then turn pro."

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