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Saul  Rodriguez
Weightclass:
Super Featherweight
Age:
23
Birthplace:
Los Angeles, California
Record:
20-0-1, 14 KOs
Height:
5’9”
Reach:
71”
Managers:
Cameron Dunkin
Trainers:
Robert Garcia
biography
“Kid Dinamita”  

Twitter: @Team_Neno
Ranked USBA #1, NABF #2, WBC #33 at 130 pounds…

At the age of 23, Saúl is a four-year pro. A rising young prospect at 130 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the United States Boxing Association – he stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2014 and four fights in 2015. He also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances every time.
Saúl is part of a championship stable – he is trained by the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia and managed by the BWAA’s “2007 Manager of the Year” Cameron Dunkin.
He has won 14 fights in a row, 10 by knockout, since having a technical draw in October, 2013.
In his last fight on on May 14 in Studio City, CA, Saúl won by seventh-round knockout against Daulis Prescott.
After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Rodriguez is an exciting prospect with an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style who showed it off as he stalked Prescott throughout the one-sided fight…. He took it to Prescott, the brother of former lightweight and junior welterweight contender Breidis Prescott, from the outset and rarely let up.
Rodriguez was all over Prescott in the seventh round and then belted him with a left hook to the jaw that sent him staggering into the ropes. Rodriguez followed up with a left-right-left combination to the head that sent the already-hurt Prescott to all fours. He barely beat the count and then while under heavy fire moments later, Rodriguez nailed him with a right uppercut that dropped him to a knee. Again he beat the count but this time he was in no shape to go on and [the] referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 37 seconds.
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 5-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (7th round) against Daulis Prescott (31-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Saúl dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and rocked Prescott repeatedly; Saúl scored two knockdowns in the 7th round – the first with a right hand, the second with a right uppercut – Prescott got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:37…
 
2015 – on 11-20-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (1st round) against Ivan Najera (16-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez-Gevorg Khachikian main event, and Saúl  quickly overpowered him; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Najera’s left eye swelled badly – Najera got up, but Saúl scored another knockdown with a series of punches moments later and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:06…
On 8-22-15 in Fallon, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Ramsey Luna (12-3): the bout headlined at the Churchill County Fairgrounds, and it was a good fight; Luna gave a strong effort, but Saúl consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 79-73, 78-74, 80-72…
On 5-30-15 in Hollywood, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Antonio Capulin (14-0): the bout co-headlined at Florentine Gardens; Capulin gave a good effort, but Saúl dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, then staggered him with a left hook in the 2nd and Capulin was cut over his left eye; Saúl outworked him and landed the harder punches in the following rounds, and won by scores of...
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background
AMATEUR BACKGROUND: Saúl said, "I was born in Los Angeles. I only have one sister, she's 25. My mom works at a kitchen and my dad does construction. I'm the only boxer in my family. My sister used to box, but she stopped. My dad used to box as an amateur when he lived in Mexico.
"I was eight years old when I started boxing. I used to wrestle with my friends and I always wanted to box. When I saw the fight between Fernando Vargas and Tito Trinidad, that's when I started boxing.
"I had 118 amateur fights, with a record of 91-17. I'm naturally righthanded."...
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2010 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – San Antonio, Texas, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 10-5-10 he stopped Kevin Rivers in the 1st round; in his second fight on 10-6-10 he won by disqualification against Joel Young; in his third fight on 10-7-10 he lost a 13-7 decision against Kenneth Sims Jr....
 
STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has an aggressive style and good punching power…has stayed active in the ring and made good progress…
 
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 21 fights…69 total rounds…
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.2 rounds…
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 71 %; of wins – 75 %...
DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…7 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 1 (1-0)…
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Biography

“Kid Dinamita”  

  • Twitter: @Team_Neno
  • Ranked USBA #1, NABF #2, WBC #33 at 130 pounds…

At the age of 23, Saúl is a four-year pro. A rising young prospect at 130 pounds – ranked No. 1 by the United States Boxing Association – he stayed active in the ring with four fights in 2014 and four fights in 2015. He also stepped up in class of opposition and gave impressive performances every time.

Saúl is part of a championship stable – he is trained by the Boxing Writers Association of America’s “2012 Trainer of the Year” Robert Garcia and managed by the BWAA’s “2007 Manager of the Year” Cameron Dunkin.

He has won 14 fights in a row, 10 by knockout, since having a technical draw in October, 2013.

In his last fight on on May 14 in Studio City, CA, Saúl won by seventh-round knockout against Daulis Prescott.

After the fight, Dan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Rodriguez is an exciting prospect with an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style who showed it off as he stalked Prescott throughout the one-sided fight…. He took it to Prescott, the brother of former lightweight and junior welterweight contender Breidis Prescott, from the outset and rarely let up.

Rodriguez was all over Prescott in the seventh round and then belted him with a left hook to the jaw that sent him staggering into the ropes. Rodriguez followed up with a left-right-left combination to the head that sent the already-hurt Prescott to all fours. He barely beat the count and then while under heavy fire moments later, Rodriguez nailed him with a right uppercut that dropped him to a knee. Again he beat the count but this time he was in no shape to go on and [the] referee waved off the fight at 2 minutes, 37 seconds.

Rodriguez could be going places. [End Rafael item]

Saúl said, "I train with Robert Garcia and his father, Eduardo. Robert's been my trainer since my pro debut. I train at his new gym in Riverside. He opened it early last year around March or April – Chavez Jr. was the first one to train there for his fight.

"My style is a puncher-boxer. It's exciting, entertaining."

Regarding his nickname, he said, "My first four fights ended with first-round knockouts, and some of the Top Rank guys started calling me 'Kid Dynamite.'"

From The Ring, by Anson Wainwright [May 26, 2015 – excerpts]: Rodriguez works with Eduardo and Robert Garcia in Riverside, California, and makes the two-hour commute to Oxnard to spar….

Unsurprisingly, Rodriguez lists his power as his biggest attribute: "I can change a fight with one punch." But there's more to him than that.

"I have a lot of heart," he said. "My body looks deceiving, my face looks deceiving. People don't expect me to hit as hard as I do, just because of how I look. I look young. My body isn't super big or cut but I'm naturally strong."

Robert Garcia, famed for working with the likes of Marcos Maidana, Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire, has high hopes for the youngster.

"He's one of my top prospects right now that should be a future world champion," said Garcia. "He's going to have a big year and going to make a lot of noise.

"He's a very powerful kid; he has power in both hands. He's very dedicated and has tremendous heart."

"[The power's] just natural. The most important thing is he believes in his power, so when he goes into the ring he knows he can knock anybody out.

"I think he still needs a few more fights to develop into a full-grown man, but he is very close to getting there." [End Wainwright item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 5-14-16 in Studio City, CA, he won by knockout (7th round) against Daulis Prescott (31-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at Sportsmen’s Lodge, and Saúl dominated the fight; he pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and rocked Prescott repeatedly; Saúl scored two knockdowns in the 7th round – the first with a right hand, the second with a right uppercut – Prescott got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:37…

 

2015 – on 11-20-15 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (1st round) against Ivan Najera (16-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with the Gilberto Ramirez-Gevorg Khachikian main event, and Saúl  quickly overpowered him; he scored a devastating knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, and Najera’s left eye swelled badly – Najera got up, but Saúl scored another knockdown with a series of punches moments later and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 2:06…

On 8-22-15 in Fallon, NV, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Ramsey Luna (12-3): the bout headlined at the Churchill County Fairgrounds, and it was a good fight; Luna gave a strong effort, but Saúl consistently outworked him and landed the harder punches; scored 79-73, 78-74, 80-72…

On 5-30-15 in Hollywood, CA, he won an 8 round unanimous decision against previously undefeated Antonio Capulin (14-0): the bout co-headlined at Florentine Gardens; Capulin gave a good effort, but Saúl dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a left hook in the 1st round, then staggered him with a left hook in the 2nd and Capulin was cut over his left eye; Saúl outworked him and landed the harder punches in the following rounds, and won by scores of 80-71, 80-71, 79-72…

On 1-17-15 in Port Hueneme, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Carlos Rodriguez (9-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was co-featured at the Oceanview Pavilion, and Saúl quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd round, and Carlos was counted out at 1:02…

 

2014 – on 12-6-14 in Glendale, CA, he won by TKO (6th round) against Juan Solis (21-8): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard at the Civic Auditorium; Solis gave a good effort, but Saúl dominated most of the fight; he staggered Solis with a left hook in the 4th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 5th and Solis was counted out on one knee at 0:56…

On 8-2-14 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (2nd round) against Orlando Vázquez (13-4-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Diego Chaves main event; Saúl scored two knockdowns in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:58...

On 4-26-14 in Port Hueneme he won by knockout (4th round) against Miguel Zamudio (29-3-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was one of the co-features at the Oceanview Pavilion, and Saúl dominated the fight; he staggered Zamudio with a right hand early in the 4th round, then scored a knockdown with a series of punches moments later and Zamudio was counted out at 1:09...

On 2-15-14 in Hawaiian Gardens, CA, he won by knockout (2nd round) against José Iniguez (7-17): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the C. Robert Lee Center, and Saúl quickly overpowered him; he scored two knockdowns with left hooks in the 2nd round, and the referee stopped the fight without a count at 0:45...

 

2013 – on 11-16-13 in Laughlin, NV, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Cesar Valenzuela (4-2-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the AVI Resort, and Saúl dominated the fight; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd round – Valenzuela got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:17...

On 7-13-13 in Inglewood, CA, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Domonic Coca (8-3): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at Hollywood Park Casino; Saúl staggered Coca with a right hand in the 3rd round, and Coca did not continue after the round...

On 2-16-13 in Tijuana, MX, he won by knockout (2nd round) against Luis Viedas (9-7-1): the scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard at the Auditorio Municipal Fausto Gutiérrez Moreno; he staggered Viedas with a series of punches in the 2nd round that had him out on his feet, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:06...

 

2012 – on 12-15-12 in Houston, TX, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Pablo Batres (3-4-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 10-20-12 in Winchester, CA, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Quincy Johnson (0-6-1): scored 40-36 on all three scorecards...

On 10-13-12 in Carson, CA, he had a technical draw (2nd round) against Cesar Garcia (5-13): Saúl rocked Garcia repeatedly and dominated the fight; Garcia’s right eye became badly swollen after a clash of heads in the 3rd round, and the ringside doctor stopped the fight on the injury after the round, ruled a technical draw ...

On 8-4-12 in Las Vegas he won by knockout (3rd round, 0:26) against José Morales (6-3)...

On 6-8-12 in Las Vegas he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Kevin Davila (1-0): scored 40-36, 40-36, 39-37...

On 3-31-12 in San Antonio, TX, he won by TKO (1st round, 0:19) against Ricardo Valencia (1-2-1)...

On 1-12-12 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round, 0:19) against Henry Hernandez (1-2)...

 

2011 – on 11-11-11 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (1st round, 1:04) against Rocco Espinoza (1-1)...

He debuted at the age of 18 on 9-23-11 in Commerce, CA, and won by knockout (1st round) against William Fisher (0-3): Saúl scored two knockdowns in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:58...

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR BACKGROUND: Saúl said, "I was born in Los Angeles. I only have one sister, she's 25. My mom works at a kitchen and my dad does construction. I'm the only boxer in my family. My sister used to box, but she stopped. My dad used to box as an amateur when he lived in Mexico.

"I was eight years old when I started boxing. I used to wrestle with my friends and I always wanted to box. When I saw the fight between Fernando Vargas and Tito Trinidad, that's when I started boxing.

"I had 118 amateur fights, with a record of 91-17. I'm naturally righthanded."...

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2010 NATIONAL PAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – San Antonio, Texas, 132 pounds: in his first fight on 10-5-10 he stopped Kevin Rivers in the 1st round; in his second fight on 10-6-10 he won by disqualification against Joel Young; in his third fight on 10-7-10 he lost a 13-7 decision against Kenneth Sims Jr....

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has an aggressive style and good punching power…has stayed active in the ring and made good progress…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 21 fights…69 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 3.2 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: of total fights – 71 %; of wins – 75 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 8 rounds – 2 (2-0)…7 rounds – 1 (1-0)…6 rounds – 1 (1-0)…