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Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez: ‘I Am Doing This For My City’

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Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez: ‘I Am Doing This For My City’

Photo Credit: Melina Pizano/Matchroom.

Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez: ‘I Am Doing This For My City’

Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez is putting on for his city and looks to win the WBO flyweight crown by defeating Christian Gonzalez.

Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez wants to continue the momentum he started last year by making his 2023 debut with a flyweight title fight. He is making his media rounds as we are in the middle of fight week as they get set to battle in San Antonio, TX, on Saturday live on DAZN. Will Christian Gonzalez be up for the task of facing a guy who has shared the ring with super flyweight legends, or will that not have an effect on him? Are we going to see vintage ‘Bam’ on Saturday? Here is the release from Matchroom.


April 3, 2023; San Antonio, TX, USA; Jesse Rodriguez poses at The Alamo ahead of his April 8th fight with Cristian Gonzalez at the Boeing Center at Tech Port in San Antonio, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Melina Pizano/Matchroom.

“Fights in San Antonio are just different for me,” said Rodriguez. “The last one against Rungvisai in San Antonio was electric and exciting, so to get another opportunity to fight for another World title there in front of my fans is amazing.

“San Antonio means everything to me, it’s where I was born and raised, my family and my people are there and whenever I step in the ring, they are with me. I represent San Antonio when I step in the ring, and I am doing this for my city.

“The Rungvisai night was amazing. There was a lot of talk that I was going to get knocked out, that Rungvisai was too much for me, so when I stopped him, it was a moment I will never forget. The emotions were so high, that’s why I just fell to the floor, it was an amazing feeling.


“Gonzalez is ranked #2, he’s tall, he’s lengthy and he likes to move a lot. So, we’ve been working on how I will close the distance and cut off the ring, I’ve been sparring taller guys so on April 8, there’s not going to be a problem for me to go in there and show what we’ve been working on.”


Rodriguez’s clash with Gonzalez tops a stacked card in San Antonio, with more World title action as unified World Super-Bantamweight ruler Murodjon Akhmadaliev puts his WBA and IBF titles on the line against IBF mandatory challenger Marlon Tapales.

Highly ranked Featherweight Raymond Ford is knocking on the door for World title action, and the New Jersey talent defends his WBC Continental Americas title against former World champion Jessie Magdaleno.

Thomas Mattice makes his Matchroom debut after a picking up the WBA Continental Americas Super-Featherweight title on points against Christian Tapia in Cleveland, and the ‘Gunna Man’ defends that belt against undefeated Mexican Ramiro Cesena.

Israil Madrimov is back in ten round action against Raphael Igbokwe in his tenth pro outing, and that’s a number 9-0 Fresno starlet Marc Castro hits over eight rounds against Ricardo Lopez. ‘Big Steppa’ Khalil Coe and Aaron Casper meet in a rematch of their draw in November 2021 while the night is opened by the fourth pro fight of Jesus Martinez’ career against Jose Lopez.

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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Abe grew up in a family who were and still are die-hard boxing fans. He started contributing boxing articles in 2017 while being an active duty U.S. Marine. Abe is the Managing Editor for Big Fight Weekend and also a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA).

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