Super-Fly Sensation Rodriguez Defends World Crown Against
Gonzalez On Canelo-GGG III Card
Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez will defend his WBC World
Super-Flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez as the co-main
event on the undercard of the trilogy clash between Saul
‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin at T-Mobile
Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday September 17. The
event, presented by Matchroom, Canelo Promotions and GGG
Promotions, will broadcast live on DAZN Pay-Per-View in the
U.S. and Canada as well as around the world on DAZN
(excluding Mexico, Latin America, and Kazakhstan).
Rodriguez (16-0 11 KOs) is in red-hot form after a
sensational stoppage win over Thai star Srisaket Sor
Rungvisai on his San Antonio home turf in June, his eighth
round triumph coming in the first defense of the title he
won after stepping in late to meet Carlos Cuadras for the
vacant strap in February in Phoenix.
‘Bam’ extended his promotional pact with Eddie Hearn
following the win over Rungivisai, and he looks to
strengthen his fighter of the year claims with another
strong showing as he puts the green and gold strap on the
line against Mexican Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs).
The 25 year old challenges for World honors for the fourth
time having previously faced Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez,
Kal Yafai and Jerwin Ancajas for belts at 115lbs, and the
Mexican will lay it all on the line with huge support from
the crowd on Mexican Independence Day weekend in Sin City.
“September 17, we are back,” said Rodriguez. “It’s an honor
to be a part of this card and I want to thank Matchroom and
Teiken for giving me this opportunity. Having the chance to
fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend, as the co-main to
Canelo-GGG is truly special and I plan on putting on another
spectacular performance and continuing to build my legacy.
“Each fight now is more important than the last. It’s not
about just winning; it’s how you win. That’s mine and my
coach Robert Garcia’s job now; to look sensational each and
every time we step in the ring and continue to show the
world that I am one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on
“I want to thank Matchroom but most I want to thank the
champ Jesse Rodriguez for the opportunity,” said Gonzalez.
“I know I’ll take full advantage of this and make my dream
come true of becoming a World champion on September 17.
“Fighting on Canelo-GGG III card is a dream come true for
Bam to showcase his talent to the whole world,” said
Rodriguez’s trainer and manager Robert Garcia. “Thanks to
Matchroom and Teiken for this huge opportunity. We will take
this chance to show the boxing world that Bam is one of the
most talented fighters in the world.”
“I am delighted to make Jesse the first fighter on the
undercard of a spectacular night on September 17,” said
promoter Eddie Hearn. “Jesse is the hottest property in the
sport right now after his electric performances in the first
half of 2022, and he’s looking to build on that on the
biggest possible platform.
“Israel is sure to give it everything he has got on Mexican
Independence Day weekend, but I believe you are going to see
another special performance from a seriously talented young
fighter in Jesse.”
Jesse Rodriguez’s clash with Israel Gonzalez is the first
bout announced for the undercard of the third installment of
the classic modern rivalry between Canelo and Golovkin, with
the Mexican king putting his undisputed Super-Middleweight
crown on the line against Kazakhstan's reigning WBA and IBF
Middleweight ruler in the most anticipated match up of 2022.