Delvin Rodriguez wanted another crack at the A grade goodies, another big fight attempt and that attendant challenge and pay day. He'd need to get past Courtney Pennington to keep the hope alive, though.
But that time honored tradition, of that sonuvabitch Father Time upsetting wants, and helping give someone what they need, rather than what they want, played out again. On Thursday night at Mohegan Sun in CT, and as 37,000 unique viewers tuned in to watch the first FIGHTNIGHT Live Facebook stream, of a Star Boxing card, Pennington served notice with an assist from the diminishment courtesy of aging, that there will likely not be another crack at a world title for the fighting pride of Danbury.
After ten rounds in which his head was willing but his body couldn't be persuaded to do what was needed, Pennington scored a UD10 win over Rodriguez, who was a step behind the nimble footed Brooklyner.
It isn't what he wanted but maybe it's what he needs; Rodriguez (below) has opened up an eatery/saloon in Danbury and maybe he will decide to more fully focus on that. If that is so, he deserves our thanks for service to the sport.
Rodriguez used to throw punches in bunches, but his six gun is a tad rusted out. The mobility of Pennington, especially once Pennington got busier, and threw while moving, had the judges swayed. Del pressed like old school Rodriguez, feverishly, only in the very waning seconds of the final round.
Kali Reis bettered Ashleigh Curry in a women's bout, and all in all, the card delivered a good share of solid scraps. Jose Rivera's TKO shot on Marcus Beckford was a legit “oh s–t” moment. Here is the link to watch the card if you missed it the first time around:
The response to the stream surpassed expectations of the originator, Mark Fratto, who said after he's been fairly deluged with promoters looking to place bouts on this platform.
Here are the results from the night from Boxrec:
Ray Flores worked blow by blow and I worked color (below) while Cara Castranuova (bottom) did interviews on the inaugural event.