Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Delvin Rodriguez back on 'FNF'
By Dan Rafael
A few notes from around the boxing world:
• Junior middleweight Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs), coming off a third-round knockout loss to Miguel Cotto in October, returns May 16 to ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights," where he has appeared numerous times and also serves as the analyst for the Spanish-language telecast of the series on ESPN Deportes. He will face faded former junior middleweight titlist Joachim Alcine (35-7-1, 21 KOs), most likely in Montreal.
• Jantony Ortiz, the 2012 Puerto Rican Olympic light flyweight who had more than 250 amateur fights and won medals in multiple international tournaments, has signed with Cotto Promotions. He will make his professional debut June 7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Cotto’s challenge of middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez. Ortiz, 19, was only 16 when he became the youngest fighter to win a Puerto Rican amateur national championship.
• The rematch between featherweight titlist Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares, scheduled for Feb. 15 but called off when Mares injured his rib in training, won’t be rescheduled as their next bouts. Instead, Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs), who knocked out Mares in the first round in August in a big upset to win the belt, will defend against Clive Atwell (12-0-1, 7 KOs) of Guyana on May 24 in Acapulco, Mexico. Atwell is unbeaten but has faced extremely poor opposition. Mares has nothing scheduled, but Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer said he is likely to fight in June or July.