Jose Alfredo Rodriguez Not Letting Shoulder Injury Derail
Goal Of Winning Second World Championship
Former interim WBA Light Flyweight Champion Jose Alfredo "Torito"
Rodriguez says he's disappointed that a dislocated shoulder
ended his recent world title challenge, but promises to be
back as soon as his rehab is complete.
On January 29 at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort in Macao,
China, Rodriguez (32-5, 19 KOs) challenged IBF World Super
Flyweight Champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas of the
Philippines. 27-year-old Rodriguez injured his right
shoulder in round two, but fought on courageously for five
more rounds before the referee stopped the fight, per
doctor's orders before round eight.
It was a disappointing result for Rodriguez, whose goal was
to win his second world title for the people of Mazatlan,
Sinaloa, where he lives.
"I worked so hard for this opportunity," said a dissatisfied
Rodriguez. "I had all the confidence and training I needed.
But then his head collided with my shoulder accidentally in
round two and I felt a pop. I knew at that moment my fight
was over. After that I was fighting a skilled champion using
only one arm."
Rodriguez says he's already hard at work on healing and
re-strengthening the injured arm, with a goal of returning
for another shot at a belt.
"I will not let this bad luck stop me from my goal to win
another world championship. If anything, this only makes me
want it more. I will be back to fight whoever I have to, to
get back to a world title fight and this time, god willing,
Rodriguez's manager, Josť A. Acevedo of Free Agent Boxing
Management, says he's proud of his fighter, no matter the
outcome of his last fight.
"Jose fought for 15 minutes against one of the division's
best fighters with a dislocated shoulder. The pain he must
have fought through is unimaginable. I admire his dedication
and courage. He is a true warrior. He will be back. Thank
you to the IBF and the people of China and to the team of
Jerwin Ancajas for the opportunity they gave us."