Rising star Elvis Rodriquez knocked his opponent out in the very first round Thursday with a stiff, southpaw jab to the face.Danny Murray fell to the floor, through the ropes, awarding Rodriguez the seventh win of his pro career at “The Bubble” in Las Vegas.Rodriguez is considered a top prospect in boxing because of his fast-developing skills, his Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach, and the backing he has from the powerful Las Vegas fight firm Top Rank.Check out the highlight-reel finish below.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
A fast-emerging boxing prospect left his opponent hanging off the ropes like wet washing after knocking him out with a jab to the face in the first round.It all went down inside the MGM Grand Conference Center, a place colloquially known as “The Bubble,” as the prominent Las Vegas fight firm continues to navigate the coronavirus pandemic by promoting shows in a quarantined TV studio.During Thursday’s event, a 24-year-old Dominican called Elvis Rodriguez made a statement.Rodriguez is considered a hot prospect in the fight game as he is trained by Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Los Angeles, a place frequented by Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya, and Miguel Cotto over the years.
Rodriguez did not get an opportunity this week to showcase the full-range of his pugilistic skillset, as he knocked out his opponent Danny Murray in the very first round with lazer-like, southpaw jabbing.The final punch was enough to send Murray to the floor, through the ropes.Watch it all unfold here:—Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 3, 2020If you had not previously heard of Rodriguez, the ESPN boxing writer Steve Kim tweeted after the performance that you need not worry and that there is still time to get on board the bandwagon.
—Steve Kim (@StevESPNKim) July 3, 2020The win in the super lightweight division advances Rodriguez’s record to 7 wins (7 knockouts) against 1 draw.Read more:2 American boxers threw and landed the same power punch at the same time, almost sealing an ultrarare double knockoutUFC boss Dana White says he hasn’t spoken with Conor McGregor in weeks, suggesting the Irishman’s shock retirement is real
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