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    Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight


    Reason-defying scorecards, boxers behaving badly, getting snagged for domestic beefs, scale fail shenanigans---this boxing, this theater of the unexpected, keeps on keeping us keyboard tappers busy with unplanned detours into un-needed drama. The latest chapter unfolded on Friday in the late afternoon, when Massachusetts super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez weighed in two pounds over at the weigh-in ahead of his Saturday clash in CA against Andre Ward. He was given time to get to 168, but couldn't and wouldn't attempt the late-innings cut. Thus, Rodriguez' purse was docked 20%, $200,000, and even if he beats Ward, he will lay claim to Ward's WBA title belt. Additionally, the fight itself will be cancelled if Rodriguez weighs more than 180 pounds during an AM weigh in. His promoter, Lou DiBella, was left none too pleased. Ward (26-0 with 14 KOs) made weight, coming in at 167.8.
    The scrap will screen on HBO.
    "La Bomba" had made 168 for his March contest in Monaco against Ezequiel Maderna (UD10 win), and was 171 3/4 for his last bout, in July against Denis Grachev (TKO1 win). The 28-year-old had been telling people "this is my time" leading up to the scrap, and his attitude had made believers in a handful of fans, judging by a scan of social media. The 24-0 hitter, who boasts 16 KOs, doesn't have a single best win that leaps at at you when you inspect his resume, but DiBella and ex manager Larry Armey had done a solid job getting him to this point. A person close to the promotion told me that Rodriguez did the sauna in the morning, and wasn't able to shed a drop of sweat. And, I asked, can we assume he won't go over 180 Saturday morning? "That's the plan," the insider said, with grim humor. I'm guessing trainer Ronnie Shields will be tasked with keeping room service away from E-Rod's room this evening.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    I was at the weigh in and from my view didn't look like Rodriguez had much more to give but neither did he look gaunt or unhealthy. For $200,000 I would've gave up my toes. Fighting my arse off on my heels for as long as it lasts...
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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthPaul View Post
    I was at the weigh in and from my view didn't look like Rodriguez had much more to give but neither did he look gaunt or unhealthy. For $200,000 I would've gave up my toes. Fighting my arse off on my heels for as long as it lasts...
    thats funny....

    debella even said rod was dry, couldnt even spit or ****, damn it is a shame. i am hoping for rod to have a good account of himself as i want to see the best in ward, not an easy sparing session.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    Looks like Andrain won at the scales again.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    *Andre

    And dude will lose so much money. It's a shame. Ward is probably ecstatic. Another 100 grand is always sweet.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    Not looking good for Rodriguez.

    This is just more motivation for Ward, and the thoughts and strains Rodriguez will be going through wont assist his performance and plans.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    Oh man. . . . . .

    If Andre Ward doesn’t stop this guy I will be surprised.

    I have a feeling that Rodriguez is going to get schooled

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    I think so, too. He's too depleted.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    His (Rodriguez) last KO win in R1 was good - I thought the fight would at least get to the late rounds.

    But I just can't see a notable win on Rodriguez's record that tells me he can hang with a vicious and temporal operator like Ward.

    Also, I saw Rodriguez V Pryor, and I thought Rodriguez looked a little sloppy there, a little to wide and open.

    Particularly for a guy like Ward.

    I won't be surprised to see Andre knock Rodriguez down or out with a counter left hook. Rodriguez looks susceptible to them.

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    Re: Edwin Rodriguez Can't Make Weight For Andre Ward Fight

    Who is Rodriguez promoted by?

    I have forgotten.

    That will tell us how/why he got fast tracked into this fight/position; with Ward.

    I bet it is Goosen or DiBella.

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