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July 17, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Edwin Rodriguez

Buzzmaster
  (1:54 PM)

Edwin is here!

Erik (Baltimore)

Did you do any gambling with your winnings in Monte Carlo?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:55 PM)

Unfortunately, I haven't received it yet. I'm in a little debate with my former manager. It's still in escrow, until we resolve the issue.

Terry (MA)

There is a big time change in going to Monte Carlo...did you get there in advance to adjust to the time?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:56 PM)

Yeah, we got there six days prior. I believe there is a six hour difference. It didn't really effect me much, because we were fighting at 3-4 p.m. here. I'm pretty awake at that time.

Steve (Houston)

How often do you train during camp?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:56 PM)

About 5-6 hours. My last training camp I went to San Francisco, where I was doing high altitude training. Then I went to Houston. About 5 hours, between strength and conditioning and boxing and a 3-5 mile run.

Jeff (DC)

why do you think you've had so much success so early in your career?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:57 PM)

I think that the team I have around me, DB, my promoter, moving me along and setting me up with the right fights at the right time. And my determination to be successful and a winner.

Sammy (Dallas)

Dan Rafael of ESPN.com called your win in Monte Carlo the most impressive of your career...do you agree? What do you think?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:58 PM)

I definitely agree. I made a statement in this fight. He was a strong fighter and never had been knocked out. He'd been undefeated. He has had some good fights. It was a great win, a great performance.

Jason (Houston)

How long was your camp for this latest fight?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (1:59 PM)

I usually always have long camps. Usually they should be 8 weeks, but I go for 10-11 weeks. I went to Houston for 2 weeks, then SF for 3 weeks. Then I came back to Houston to finish strong with 4-5 weeks.

Willie (FL)

When you first turned pro in 2008, you fought 8 times in one year...what was that grind like?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:00 PM)

It was actually a lot of fun. I fought and then two weeks later I was fighting again. There wasn't too much time. Not too much downtime. I liked it. I liked to keep it rolling. Now, I understand that fights are longer, 10-12 rounds. I can't have as many fights, unless I just knock them out like last time.

Roger (OH)

Was Grachev a tougher opponent than Rosinsky for you? Obviously you made it look pretty easy last weekend.

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:01 PM)

On paper, it was supposed to be tougher. But I happened to hurt him early with a good body shot and I just finished him.

Erik (Baltimore)

You've fought all over the world...what's your favorite boxing venue?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:01 PM)

I have to go with Worcester, Mass. my hometown. Outside of that, Monte Carlo. A great place to vist. Great country.

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:01 PM)

Madison Square Garden is good too. So much history.

Peter (Boston)

it seems like there have been a number of good fighters come out of the Worcester/Boston areas...why do you think that is?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:03 PM)

I think it's because of the good program that we have in Worcester, Mass in the Boys and Girls Club where I grew up. It's a good boxing community in Boston, Worcester, Providence.

Roger (OH)

Which fighters were you a fan of growing up? Have you emulated your style or borrowed certain techniques from different fighters you've watched over the years?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:04 PM)

One day, coming up, I was Roy Jones. That didn't work. Then I was Roberto Duran. Then Sugar Ray Robinson. As you come up, you try to imitate different fighters and you find your own style. The one that I looked up to the most was Duran. He was a good fighter in the middle range. Worked the body very well. Those are some things that I enjoy doing.

Roger (OH)

Would you be interested in facing Andre Ward in your next fight, or do you feel that you'd be better served taking a couple more steps up before facing the lineal champ of your division?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:05 PM)

I'm ready for Andre Ward right now. I have to meet up with my promoter in the next few weeks and see what he has in store for me. That's the fight we want because he's the champ. You have to take those fights.

Roger (OH)

Edwin, congrats on the big win. Who are some names that you're looking forward to facing at 168? Anyone in particular or just the most logical route to a title shot?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:06 PM)

There are a lot of big names at 168. There are a lot of big names in the division. All guys that I want to get into the ring with. I'm hoping to get a fight for a world title this year. It's full of talent and good matchups for me.

Kerry (CA)

how high in weight could you go?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:07 PM)

Like heavyweight...should I do that? No. I feel comfortable at 168. Accomplishing what I needed to. Defend the world title. If I do that, then maybe 175. That's the next weight class that I look forward to conquering.

Roger (OH)

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions La Bomba. Best of luck in the future! God Bless.

Billy (Milbury, Ma)

What month are you looking to fight next?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:08 PM)

I have to go to Disney World. I'm going the first week of August. So 8-10 weeks after that.

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:08 PM)

I have to make my kids happy. I was gone for about 10 weeks. I told my daughter I would bring her to Disney World. We're going Aug. 6.

Jason (Houston)

best fight of your carer?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:09 PM)

I think my last fight was the best of my career. I sent a big message in my division. That was the toughest opponent and I made it look easy.

larry (Houston)

how did you get into the tournament?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:10 PM)

Ron Rizzo. DB Promotion has a good relationship with Rodney Berman with Golden Gloves. They made it happen. That's what happens when you work with the A-Team.

Roger (OH)

Do you think you could possibly make 160 (or a catchweight between 160-168) comfortably enough for the right fight and the right price?

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:11 PM)

167...Unfortunately, no. I think that 168 is the best weight for me right now. So, no. 168.

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:11 PM)

I'll fight somebody from 175 at 175. So if someone from 60 wants to fight me, we can do it at 168.

Edwin Rodriguez
  (2:12 PM)

I just want to thank the fans. I want to say thank you for all of your support. Continue to follow me as I pursue my dreams to become a world champion. Thanks to my team also.