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Since recovering from severe burns in a 2010 car accident, Puerto Rico's Emmanuel Rodriguez has stormed all the way up the ranks to become a two-time 118-pound world champion and the current IBF World Bantamweight Champion. Read Bio
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Emmanuel Rodriguez News
Puerto Rico's Lopez becomes a two-time IBF World Bantamweight World Champion, scoring three knockdowns on the gritty Lopez to win a wide decision in a PBC main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME.
Two of the best at 118-pounds will throw down for the vacant IBF Bantamweight World Championship Saturday night atop a PBC triple-header on SHOWTIME.
The former long-time heavyweight champion scores another frightening first round KO in front of a raucous crowd at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in the main event of the FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View.
Emmanuel Rodriguez Fights
Win vs Melvin Lopez 29-1-0
Aug 12, 2023 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Melvin Lopez by UD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Gary Antonio Russell 19-1-0
Oct 15, 2022 • Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Gary Antonio Russell LOSES to Emmanuel Rodriguez by TD in Round 10 of 12
Win vs Juan Gabriel Medina 14-12-0
May 14, 2022 • Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Juan Gabriel Medina by RTD in Round 6 of 8
Win vs Roberto Sanchez Cantu 22-3-0
Mar 25, 2022 • Polideportivo Juan S. Millan, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Roberto Sanchez Cantu by KO in Round 1 of 10
No Contest vs Antonio Russell 19-1-0
Aug 14, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Antonio Russell Emmanuel Rodriguez by ND in Round 1 of 12
Loss vs Reymart Gaballo 23-0-0
Dec 19, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Emmanuel Rodriguez LOSES to Reymart Gaballo by SD in Round 12 of 12
Loss vs Naoya Inoue 17-0-0
May 18, 2019 • The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Emmanuel Rodriguez LOSES to Naoya Inoue by KO in Round 2 of 12
Win vs Jason Moloney 17-0-0
Oct 20, 2018 • CFE Arena, Orlando, Florida, USA
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Jason Moloney by SD in Round 12 of 12
WIN vs Paul Butler 26-1-0
May 05, 2018 • O2 Arena (Millenium Dome), Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
Paul Butler LOSES to Emmanuel Rodriguez by UD in Round 12 of 12
Win vs Giovanni Delgado 16-5-0
Aug 05, 2017 • Coliseo Ecuestre Municipal, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Giovanni Delgado by RTD in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Robinson Lavinanza 11-3-1
Mar 25, 2017 • Parque Concepcion Perez Alberto, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Robinson Lavinanza by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Alberto Guevara 24-2-0
Jun 03, 2016 • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida, USA
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Alberto Guevara by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Eliecer Aquino 17-1-1
Nov 25, 2015 • Hialeah Park Race Track, Hialeah, Florida, USA
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Eliecer Aquino by TKO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Alex Rangel 16-4-2
Aug 22, 2015 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Alex Rangel by KO in Round 7 of 10
Win vs Luis Hinojosa 27-8-0
May 30, 2015 • Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Luis Hinojosa by KO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Gabor Molnar 16-6-0
Feb 21, 2015 • Coliseum Fransisco Deyda, Hatillo, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Gabor Molnar by TKO in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Miguel Cartagena 13-1-0
Oct 18, 2014 • Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Miguel Cartagena by KO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Felix Perez 8-4-0
Apr 05, 2014 • Coliseo Moises Navedo, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Felix Perez by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs David Quijano 15-3-1
Dec 21, 2013 • Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against David Quijano by UD in Round 8 of 8
Win vs Felipe Rivas 14-14-2
Oct 26, 2013 • Estadio Jesús M. Freire , Cidra, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Felipe Rivas by UD in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Edward Vargas 2-0-0
Aug 24, 2013 • Coliseo Pedro Julio Nolasco, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Edward Vargas by TKO in Round 3 of 4
Win vs Ramon Emilio Cedano 2-24-0
Jun 22, 2013 • Coliseo Pedro Julio Nolasco, La Romana, Dominican Republic
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Ramon Emilio Cedano by UD in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jose Ruiz 2-3-0
Apr 06, 2013 • Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Jose Ruiz by TKO in Round 6 of 6
Win vs Luis Miguel Ortiz 2-12-0
Aug 31, 2012 • Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez-Vazquez WINS against Luis Miguel Ortiz by KO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Luis Ortiz 2-12-0
Aug 31, 2012 • Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Luis Ortiz by KO in Round 4 of 4
Win vs Jaime Gonzalez 0-2-0
Jul 07, 2012 • Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Jaime Gonzalez by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Jason Agosto 0-0-0
Jun 01, 2012 • La Cancha Mario Jiménez, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Emmanuel Rodriguez WINS against Jason Agosto by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Emmanuel Rodriguez Bio
Since recovering from severe burns in a 2010 car accident, Puerto Rico's Emmanuel Rodriguez has stormed all the way up the ranks to become a two-time 118-pound world champion and the current IBF World Bantamweight Champion.
Boxing, Baseball & Blessings
Emmanuel Rodriguez’s parents placed him in just about every sport during his youth in Puerto Rico, including soccer and the country’s flagship sport, baseball.
But it was clear that “Manny” excelled in boxing, where he earned the gold in the inaugural Youth Olympic games in August 2010, becoming the first Puerto Rican fighter to be flyweight champion in the event's history.
Rodriguez also won the silver in the September 2010 Youth World Amateur Championships, missing the 2012 London Olympics following a loss in the semifinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Two months later, Rodriguez was diverted when a teenage prank went horribly wrong: While he and a friend attempted to light a car on fire after dousing it with gasoline, Rodriguez—unaware that he had spilled some of the fuel on himself—accidentally ignited himself. He was rushed to the hospital with second-degree, head-to-toe burns on two-thirds of his body.
“I was young. I made a mistake in trying to damage the car as a joke. Nobody was in the car, [but] it was a life-threatening, career-threatening accident. I suffered second degree burns on 66 percent of my body,” said Rodriguez.
“My life was in danger and my boxing career, too. But that was more motivation. My hands were so burnt that I could not move them as I prefer to. To this day, I remember everything that happened, and it was a big lesson for me that made me stronger. I feel blessed.”
Remarkably, less than two months after the incident, Rodriguez started training a couple of days a week—mostly shadowboxing and light pad work—while still in the burn unit and partially bandaged. However, it would be more than 10 months before he would fight again.
Rodriguez eventually put himself back in position for a shot at the London Games, but his bid ended with a loss in the semifinals of the Olympic qualifying tournament.
Power In The Pros
Rodriguez turned his attention to launching his professional career, doing so in June 2012, and it’s been nothing short of a resounding success: Not only did the 118-pound prospect win his first 14 fights, but he knocked out 11 opponents.
Rodriguez scored first-, second- and fourth-round knockouts in June, July and August 2012, and went 5-0 (2 KOs) in 2013. In December 2013, Rodriguez scored a unanimous decision over former title challenger and countryman David Quijano, who entered with a record of 15-3-1 (9 KOs).
“The Baby-Faced Assassin” then followed an eight-round unanimous decision over Felix Perez in April 2014 with that October’s first-round knockout of Miguel Cartagena, who entered at 13-1 (5 KOs).
“Manny” halted all four opponents in 2015, including a third-round knockout in May 2015 over former title challenger Luis Hinojosa, and November’s seventh-round TKO of Eliezer Aquino, his fifth straight stoppage victim having entered at 17-1-1 (11 KOs) before being knocked out for the first time in his career.
Cartagena, Hinojosa and Aquino entered the ring with a combined record of 57-10-1.
Alberto Guevera lasted the 10-round distance with Rodriguez during his near-shutout unanimous decision and his lone fight of 2016.
In 2017, Rodriguez scored first- and fourth-round knockouts of Robinson Lavinanza (March) and Giovanni Delgado (August), and was a prohibitive underdog entering his IBF bantamweight title bout in May 2018 against Britain’s Paul Butler at the O2 Arena in London. Rodriguez dropped Butler twice and nearly stopped him in the first round of a near shutout unanimous decision for the 118-pound title.
“I didn’t fear Paul Butler or the crowd because I was so motivated to get that victory. It was in the back of my mind that Butler was bigger than me, weight-wise, but it didn’t matter because I was extremely focused for that fight,” said Rodriguez.
“After I dropped him with that left hook in the first round, I tried to finish him off because I knew that he was in bad shape. But even though I didn’t get the knockout, I dominated that fight so much that, in my opinion, I didn’t even lose one round.”
Rodrigues won by scores of 118-108, and 120-106 and 120-106, meaning he lost a combined two rounds to Butler. Rodriguez improved to 18-0 (12 KOs) following his first defense, a split-decision in October 2018 over Jason Moloney, who entered at 17-0 (14 KOs).
Two Losses And A No-Contest
Rodriguez's next three bouts were a three-knockdown second-round stoppage loss to three-division champion Naoya Inoue (May 2019), a disputed split-decision loss to unbeaten Reymart Gaballo (December 2020), and a no-contest against undefeated southpaw Gary Antonio Russell in August.
Inoue improved to 18-0 (16 KOs), dethroning Rodriguez with his eighth straight stoppage win. Gaballo rose to 24-0 (20 KOs), failing to earn his fifth straight knockout albeit winning the WBC’s interim bantamweight title.
Rodriguez was unable to continue after his WBA title eliminator bout with Russell (18-0, 12 KOs) ended in 16 seconds, this, following an accidental clash of heads that left the bridge of the nose busted and bloodied.
"When the head-butt happened, it hurt so much. Maybe if there was no blood, we could have continued. But when I saw the blood, I knew it was over. All I can say is that it was a tremendous head butt," said Rodriguez.
"I'm a little frustrated that the fight ended so quickly after training so hard and to have nothing happen. As soon as the injury is fixed, I'll be back and ready to fight. I would like to fight Russell again."
Back And Better Than Ever
Rodriguez returned to the ring in March 2022 with a first-round KO over Robert Sanchez Cantu. The win set up a rematch against Antonio Russell on October 15, 2022, at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center in the opening bout of a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View.
Rodriguez controlled the bout from start to finish, dropping Russell in the eighth and winning a technical decision when another clash of heads, this time in round nine, caused the bout to be stopped and go to the cards in the tenth. He won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 97-93.
The momentum carried into Rodriguez's next fight. On Saturday, Augusrt 12, 2023, he became a two-time world champion, scoring three knockdowns on the gritty Melvin Lopez to win a wide 12-round unanimous decision and capturing the vacant IBF World Bantamweight Championship.
Rodriguez (22-2, 13 KOs) sustained swelling over his right eye in the second round of the 12-round battle, and even though the eye ballooned as the fight wore on, he outclassed his opponent to the tune of 120-105 scores in his favor from all three judges.
“This is the result of six months of hard work in Mexico,” said Rodriguez, who is from Puerto Rico. “This wouldn’t have been possible without my entire team. I was able to become a champion once again five years later thanks to them. Let’s go Latin America, let’s go Puerto Rico, and let’s go Mexico!
“I remained calm despite the headbutt that caused my eye to swell up in the second round. It kept getting more swollen, but my team did an outstanding job keeping it at bay. I never had a problem with my eyesight throughout the fight.”