Bam Rodriguez: “I Plan To Put On Another Spectacular Performance!”

“Bam” Rodriguez To Face Israel Gonzalez On Alvarez - Golovkin III Undercard

Jesse Rodriguez and Israel Gonzalez pose for a fight
Jesse Rodriguez (L), Israel Gonzalez

Jesse Rodriguez Returns Against Israel Gonzalez On September 17!

There’s not been a fighter who has made a bigger splash on the boxing scene than reigning WBC junior bantamweight champion Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez (16-0 11 KOs). On July 11, Matchroom Boxing announced that Rodriguez will make the second defense of the WBC title on September 17 against Israel Gonzalez (28-4-1 11 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will serve as the co-main event of the trilogy between undisputed super middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez and reigning unified middleweight champ Gennady Golovkin.

Rodriguez’s rise has been eye-opening. A former top-ranked contender at 108 pounds, he received an offer to fight for the then-vacant WBC 115-pound strap. His team jumped at the opportunity. With only six days’ notice, Rodriguez defeated former junior bantamweight champion Carlos Cuadras by a unanimous decision to capture the title in February 2022.

His first title defense was an impressive eight-round TKO win over two-time WBC junior bantamweight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in June 2022. Fans and pundits predict future stardom for the 22-year-old from San Antonio, Texas. Now facing Gonzalez, “Bam” is excited to fight on such a high-profile card.


“September 17, we are back. It’s an honor to be a part of this card and I want to thank Matchroom and Teiken for giving me this opportunity. Having the chance to fight on Mexican Independence Day weekend, as the co-main to Canelo-GGG is truly special and I plan on putting on another spectacular performance and continuing to build my legacy.

Each fight now is more important than the last. It’s not about just winning; it’s how you win. That’s mine and my coach Robert Garcia’s job now – to look sensational each and every time we step in the ring and continue to show the world that I am one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet.”

Jesse Rodriguez, WBC junior bantamweight champion


For the challenger, this is his fourth shot at a world title. In his three previous world title chances, he lost to then-junior bantamweight world champions Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, Kal Yafai, and Jerwin Ancajas. The 25-year-old says he plans to put it all on the line and will leave the ring with the title wrapped around his waist.

“I want to thank Matchroom, but most I want to thank the champ, Jesse Rodriguez, for the opportunity. I know I’ll take full advantage of this and make my dream come true of becoming a world champion on September 17.”

Israel Gonzalez

Will the defending champ keep the train rolling and put on another show? Can Gonzalez, at long last, win a world title? On paper, this has the potential to be an exciting contest.

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