BOXRAW Sleeper Of The Week: Elvis Rodriguez

While the global pandemic played havoc with the careers of many fighters, rising star Elvis Rodriguez has emerged with an ever growing reputation.

The unbeaten light-welterweight prospect seized his opportunities throughout the return of bouts behind closed doors, staged in recent months by Top Rank at ‘The Bubble’ in Las Vegas.

Within weeks he saw his reputation as a knockout sensation rocket, securing three stoppage victories inside three rounds or less in Nevada across July and August.

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez has set up camp in Los Angeles to train under the guidance of legendary coach Freddie Roach at the famed Wild Card Gym. 

From the age of 14, ‘The Dominican Kid’ was involved with his nation’s national boxing team and competed at the Pan American, Central America and International Games, before turning professional at 22.

Now at just 24, Rodriguez looks set for the top with his impressive skill set. Being a southpaw with destructive punching power, evident from all his career wins coming by KO, he will be a test for anyone as he progresses through the ranks.

Brutally dispatching opponents in the ring and celebrating by emulating his famous namesake with air guitar moves has made him a fan favourite on American soil. 

A world title is the ultimate goal for this rampantly rising talent. But can Rodriguez earn a shot at world honours within a division currently dominated by Scotland’s unified champion and Top Rank stablemate Josh Taylor?

With four consecutive early finishes already throughout 2020, Elvis Rodriguez will look to leave the building with yet another stoppage success to add to his growing highlight reel this weekend and edge closer to that overall goal.