SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (January 26, 2012) – Danbury light middleweight Delvin Rodriguez will formally receive his 2011 Connecticut Professional Boxer of the Year Award, presented by the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (“CBHOF”), Saturday night, February 4 at the championship finals of the Western New England Golden Gloves Tournament (“WNE GGT”), sponsored by CT USA Boxing, Charter Oak Boxing Academy, Nomads Adventure Quest and Dressler Law.
Rodriguez and many others were unable to attend the official CHBOF ceremonies this past October 29 at Mohegan Sun due to a crippling snowstorm. The 31-year-old Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic, is the reigning International Boxing Association (“IBA”) Intercontinental light welterweight champion, as well as a former United States Boxing Association welterweight titlist. Presently rated among the top seven 154-pounders in the world by all four major governing bodies — No. 5 by WBC, WBA and WBO and No. 7 by the IBF – Rodriguez is in position for his second world title shot. In 2009, Delvin lost a controversial 12-round split decision to Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF welterweight title.
Last year, Rodriguez won one of two fights with a draw, both in New York City against Pawel Wolak. Their first ended in a draw on ESPN Friday Night Fights and was named the Sports Illustrated Fight of the Year. Delvin, who is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, won their rematch December 3 at Madison Square Garden by way of a 10-round unanimous decision for the vacant IBA Intercontinental light middleweight crown.
Delvin is a graduate of the Charter Oak Boxing Academy (“COBA”) where he was nurtured as an amateur by CBHOF director and pro referee Johnny “Coach” Callas. Rodriguez is also the lead color commentator for ESPN Deportes. He will receive his CBHOF Pro Fighter of the Year award during the WNE GGT at the new Nomads Adventure Quest, where he will mingle with the crowd, signing autographs and posing for pictures, at the Western New England Golden Gloves Tournament finals.
In order to help gain valuable exposure for COBA, Delvin recently shot instructional boxing clips at COBA’s new home, Nomads Adventure Quest, that will air throughout this season’s ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Nomads Adventure Quest is located at 100 Bidwell Road in South Windsor, Connecticut. The first bout is scheduled for 7 PM/ET. Donations of $15.00 per person will benefit non-profits CBHOF and COBA.