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Rodriguez set for 16th Friday Night Fights card

Delvin Rodriguez, center, and Star Boxing Inc. president

Delvin Rodriguez, center, and Star Boxing Inc. president Joe DeGuardia, right, stand in the ring during a fight between Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak. (Dec. 3, 2011) Credit: Ed Diller/Star Boxing

Delvin Rodriguez has had his fare share of television bouts. In fact, it will happen again on Friday when the junior middleweight contender takes on Freddy Hernandez at the Mohegan Sun live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

It will be the 16th appearance on Friday Night Fights for Rodriguez, who is fresh off a sixth-round TKO victory over George Tahdooahnippah on February 15 at the Mohegan Sun. “I’m grateful to ESPN,” said Rodriguez. “When you fight off TV it doesn’t show the fans and the boxing world that you have been active.”

Rodriguez is also thankful to be fighting at the Mohegan Sun for the sixth time. Rodriguez lives in Danbury, CT., a little over an hour from Uncasville.

“It’s a great city and a great arena,” said Rodriguez. “I’m only an hour and 20 minutes from home and I’ll have a nice fan base…This makes it better for me.”

Television isn’t the only thing driving Rodriguez. Gaining respect from fans and peers and the opportunity to fight for a belt is are top priorities. In fact, Rodriguez (27-6-3) is hoping to fight Canelo Alvarez one day.

“That’s what I’m shooting for,” Rodriguez said of Alvarez. “He would bring the best out of me.”

But Rodriguez is not about to overlook a quality opponent in Hernandez (30-4), who has fought Demetrius Andrade, Erislandy Lara, Luis Collazo and Andre Berto.

“You can’t just look at records,” said Rodriguez. “You have to look at who they have fought…[Hernandez] is a solid fighter. He’s fought a lot of good boxers.”

Rodriguez turned heads in the boxing world on December 12, 2011 after a hard-fought win over Pawel Wolak. In Rodriguez’s previous bout against Wolak, the two fought to a draw. The joy felt after his win over Wolak was short lived as the Dominican Republic native lost by unanimous decision to Austin Trout.

Rodriguez, despite that loss, still expects to land a title fight in the near future.

Said Rodriguez: “By this time next year, I should be there.”

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