Rodriguez, a native of El Paso, TX, has had nothing but success in his time as a professional fighter, racking up twenty-four first round victories and beating the likes of Rick Dyer (2nd R. TKO), Tommy Connelly (1st R. KO) and most recently Manuel Pucheta (7th R. TKO), which earned Rodriguez the vacant NABA heavyweight title.
In this exclusive interview conducted by Convicted Artist, Rodriguez speaks out on his upcoming bout as well as his future, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.
You have the fight coming up Saturday night against veteran Robert Davis; give the readers your thoughts in this match-up.
I feel real comfortable, I feel really calm, I have done all of my work, I am in excellent shape, same old song and dance man. My punches are really crisp and really sharp. I want to get in there and get the job done, I am very focused. Everything depends on this performance. I am putting more into this fight than any other fight.
What does Robert David bring to the table?
He is a big tough veteran, I know he just fought Shane Cameron and has a lot to prove. He brings a lot to the table, and this is a serious fight.
What will 2010 bring David Rodriguez as well as the fans?
After this fight I should be in the top five, I want a shot at the title with any of the top names. We have been discussing some possible fights with my management, but first I have to fight Robert and I do not want to show Robert any disrespect. It is all bigger names after Robert Davis that is all it can be. You cannot go backwards once you crack the top ten.
What are your thoughts on the heavyweight division and where does David Rodriguez stand amongst the top of the crop?
I think the heavyweight division is not as exciting as it used to be, but it is very underestimated, I think there are some really good fighters in the division. Me I can box I can brawl, I like to brawl but I am also a boxer. For me the fans are going to see a very explosive fighter come out in 2010, I think I am going to be knocking out some of the best fighters in the world.
If you could send out a message to Robert Davis before the fight what would it be?
May the best man win and God bless you. We are here as business men to do a job, I do not dislike Robert but when I get in the ring it is all business.
Benny Henderson Jr.
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