Carson, Calif. (June 1, 2012) - December 22, 1989 was the day Delvin Rodriguez moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his family in search of a better life.
Rodriguez has the chance to cap his journey this Saturday night, June 2 when he challenges WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, in a fight that will be featured on "Four Warned" a rare quadrupleheader event that will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
It's been a long road for Rodriguez, but the support he has received from his family through every step of his journey has made him the fighter and man that he is today.
"When you start out, the money is scarce so it's very important to have people believe in you," said Rodriguez. "My dream was to be a world champion and my mother and my longtime girlfriend have been there with me the whole way."
"I was nine years old when I came to Danbury, Connecticut and started boxing. Before that it was just baseball with friends in the Dominican. Boxing wasn't as popular there at the time like it is now."
Continued Rodriguez, "The boxing gym in Danbury was very close to our house and my mother liked me going there because she knew where I was. It became my playground. I loved being there with my friends and I took to it right away."
"I have one son named Delvin and one on the way in September. My son inspires me so much to always do better. He's my biggest fan."
Rodriguez carries his ties to the Dominican Republic into each of his fights. "I still have a lot of family there. They watch all my fights and are some of my biggest fans. I go back twice a year and it's nice to see now that boxing has become popular."
This past Saturday, Delvin's hometown of Danbury hosted an open workout for him before he left for California. "It was an open workout and just a great opportunity to see so many of my neighbors and people from the town who have been in my corner since I was an amateur."
On Saturday night, Rodriguez will enter the ring as he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion. "I'm ready. It's been a long road here, but it will be that much more special to become a world champion."
"Four Warned," a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight for Tarver's IBO world title, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO's) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO's) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO's) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO's) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO's) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO's) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. "Four Warned" is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.
Tickets for "Four Warned" are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.
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CONTACTS: Ramiro Gonzalez/Monica Sears, Golden Boy Promotions: (213) 489-5631
Bill Caplan, Golden Boy Promotions: (818) 831-0046/(818) 515-1616 (c)
Mario Serrano, Gary Shaw Productions: (408) 607-5756
Norman D. Horton, NDH Consultants (Tarver): (310) 877-1473
Andre Courtemanche, Big Media Buzz (Trout): (519) 253-4290
Bernie Bahrmasel, Double B Publicity (Rodriguez): (773) 592-2936
Alison Groendal Salcedo, The Home Depot Center: (310) 630-2032
Chris DeBlasio, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1633
Annie Van Tornhout, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-1663
Chris Legentil, Showtime Networks Inc.: (212) 708-7319
John Beyrooty, Brener Zwikel & Assoc.: (562) 233-7477
Matt Donovan, Brener Zwikel & Assoc.: (818) 462-5613
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