Friday November 13, 2015– Light heavyweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) will take on undefeated Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) Friday, Nov. 13 on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike live from MGM Resorts International’s beautiful Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The televised coverage will begin at 9 p.m. ET/PT with Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (18-1, 12 KOs) and Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash.
Preview for Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals:
Edwin Rodriguez’s journey to a coveted title took a bit of a detour two years ago when he ended up on the wrong end of a unanimous decision against unbeaten 168-pound champ Andre Ward.
Since then, though, Rodriguez has gotten his career back on track with three consecutive victories. On November 13, the Dominican Republic native will try to extend that streak to four in row when he battles unbeaten Michael Seals (19-0, 14 KOs) in a 175-pound headliner of a Premier Boxing Champions card from Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
The 30-year-old Rodriguez (27-1, 18 KOs) will be facing Seals almost two years to the day that he suffered his first pro defeat against Ward—a defeat that ended a run of 24 straight wins to begin his career, including 18 by stoppage.
Rodriguez rebounded from that setback last October with a dominating performance against once-beaten Azea Augustama, nearly pitching a shutout in a unanimous-decision victory. From there, he took out Derrick Findley via first-round knockout in December, followed by a third-round TKO of unbeaten Craig Baker in May.
Seals, of Atlanta, hasn’t fought since a six-round, unanimous-decision win over Carlos Reyes in March. Prior to Reyes, the 33-year-old recorded nine consecutive knockouts from June 2012 to March 2014, including six in the first round.
Seals will represent Rodriguez’s fifth undefeated opponent in his last nine fights. In fact, take out the demolition of Findley (who was 21-13-1) and Rodriguez’s last eight rivals entered the ring with a cumulative record of 161-3-1.
Rodriguez, who now fights out of Worcester, Massachusetts, enjoyed a decorated amateur career that included gold medals at the 2005 U.S. National Championships and 2006 National Golden Gloves.
Given their 32 knockouts in 47 combined fights, it doesn’t seem likely that this scheduled 10-round contest will be decided by the judges.
Preview for Thomas “Top Dog” Williams vs. Humberto Savigne:
Offensive-mined southpaw Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (18-1, 12 KOs) takes on Humberto Savigne (12-2, 9 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round contest November 13 at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The 175-pound bout is the televised opener on the Spike TV card that features Edwin Rodriguez against Michael Seals (9 p.m. ET/PT).
Williams, 28, is coming off December’s unanimous-decision victory over Michael Gbenga, bouncing back from a fifth-round stoppage loss to former champion Gabriel Campillo in August 2014. Prior to that, the Fort Washington, Maryland, resident climbed off the canvas during a dramatic first-round stoppage of Cornelius White in January 2014, then scored a third-round knockout over former title contender Enrique Ornelas three months later.
A hard-punching 36-year-old native of Cuba who lives in Miami, Savigne had won 10 consecutive fights—including seven by knockout—before being stopped in the second round by then-unbeaten Craig Baker in February. Now Savigne faces an opponent who is a top contender in the stacked 175-pound class—an opponent who believes he has yet to show his best effort.
“Win, lose or draw, a Thomas Williams fight is always going to be entertaining. But the world hasn’t seen a complete Thomas Williams,” the 6-foot-1 Williams said. “People have seen me be aggressive and just lay people out, but the world has only seen bits and pieces of my boxing ability.”
The Official Weig-in Results for Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez vs. Michael Seals:
(Courtesy and By: PBC Editor)
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