Dan Rafael: George Tahdooahnippah
December, 22, 2012
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Carlos Suarez Jr./Mpsportimages.comDelvin Rodriguez will put down the mike and get back in the "Friday Night Fights" ring on Feb. 15.Delvin Rodriguez, a longtime staple of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" and the ringside analyst on the ESPN Deportes broadcast of the series, will be out from behind the microphone and back in the ring on the Feb. 15 show.
Rodriguez (26-6-3, 14 KOs) will face George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah at a catchweight of 157 pounds at the Mohegan Sun resort in Uncasville, Conn.
The Danbury, Conn., resident will be the crowd favorite against Oklahoma's Tahdooahnippah (31-0-1, 23 KOs), who will be taking a step up in competition at age 34. Tahdooahnippah will also be coming down in weight. He usually fights at super middleweight or middleweight.
"For Comanche Boy, a fight against Rodriguez represents a terrific opportunity," said Joe DeGuardia, promoter for Star Boxing. "This will be the first time he has fought on the East Coast and his first main event on ESPN, so this is a chance for him to truly impress. He's an undefeated Native American-Indian and a very colorful and aggressive fighter."
Rodriguez fought only once in 2012, a poor performance in a lopsided decision loss against junior middleweight titlist Austin Trout on June 2. In 2011, Rodriguez fought Pawel Wolak to a draw in one of the best FNF fights in history and beat him easily by decision in the rematch.