|David Rodriguez: “I'm coming out full force!”
Interview By Benny Henderson Jr (March 4, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
Coming up this Saturday night from the Plaza De Toros in Cancun, Mexico, the undefeated hard hitting heavyweight David ‘Nino’ Rodriguez 27-0 (25) returns to the ring and plans on returning full force as he takes on Brazilian Adenilson Rodrigues 21-8 (16) for the vacant WBC CABOFE heavyweight title.
The heavy-handed Texan has left a path of destruction in his professional career, handing out pain and punishment to all that has crossed his pathway. Out his twenty-seven fights, on two have made it to the distance, twenty-one have fallen in the opening round.
The thirty year old rising star, who is now ranked number twenty-five in the WBC, is not happy about his last outing, which was a unanimous decision victory over the thirty-three fight veteran Marcus McGee. So this go around ‘Nino’ Plans on coming out in full force to give the fight fans what they crave, painstaking entertainment.
Rodriguez, who is a frequent guest here at the Doghouse took the time to speak out on his upcoming fight, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: Here you are just days away from your fight in Cancun, Mexico, how you feeling?
David Rodriguez: I feel great, my training camp has been beautiful. I am actually slimming down; I am the lightest I have been in years. Compared to my last fight I am a lot hungrier and focused. I excluded myself away from my friends and family, I am taking this fight very…it is a very important fight for me. I am taking this very seriously bro, I am coming out full force, I am not going to try to go a lot of rounds. If it does it does but I am coming out with full force.
BH: What do you know about this guy Adenilson Rodrigues?
DR: The sad thing about it is that I know nothing. I know I need to be real fluent in there, and I am going to set him up, I am going to dress him up to take him out.
BH: Do you feel this is a step up in competition?
DR: I feel that every fight is a step up, no doubt about it. Every time I get into the ring everything is on the line. Everybody has a punchers chance, the thing is that I do not know a lot about this guy that is what bothers me is that I don’t know much about him. I am the one getting in the ring and I am going to have to feel him out, and if it takes a couple of rounds to feel him out I am fine with that. I do feel once he feels my power he is not going to want much more.
BH: You had a two year, seven fight knock out streak up until your last fight. I remember talking with you after the fight and you were kind of hard on yourself, hard over yourself over a win. With all the success with the knock outs do you feel that people expect more out of you because of the knock outs, so you expect more out of yourself as well?
DR: Yes, because it is added pressure, people don’t understand that when you are doing well and knocking everybody out the only way you can go is down, there is no more up. People say that Rodriguez is a killer because he knocks out people in one or two rounds, and it was a load on my shoulders. I felt in this last fight I kind of lifted it because I went the distance and I proved to people that I could go the distance. I needed that fight, but at the same time I felt very regretful, I felt like I could of knocked that guy out and I didn’t. I am my worse critic and it bothers me. I am very competitive and I look back on I and I feel that that was not my best performance at all, and I am ashamed of it.
BH: Well, what can the fight fans expect from “Nino” in this next fight?
DR: They can expect my old style, they can expect me to come out and to be very focused and to get the job done. Like I said, I am not going out there looking for that knock out, I am going out there to basically take him out, I am going to pick and him and pick at him and when I get him and got him hurt, then I will take him out of there. However long it takes I do not know. But I do believe when I set him up I am going to crack him and when he feels my power I don’t think he is going to last but I am not going to depend on that.
BH: If you could send a message out to your opponent, what would you say?
DR: God bless him, because he is in for a tough fight.
BH: What about your predictions for the other heavyweight fights of the night?
DR: I think Jameel McCline will beat John Ruiz by a close decision, and I see Samuel Peter knocking out Oleg Maskaev in between the middle to late rounds.
BH: Anything in closing?
DR: I love all the people that is going to be out there supporting me and I am very proud to be fighting in Mexico. It is an honor for me to be fighting there.
I would like to thank David for his time and thoughts, for more info on Rodriguez please check out www.ninobxing.com.
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