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Pound-For-Pound List: Is Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez Worthy Of Inclusion?

7 months ago By Jhon Woug

He may not be as well known outside of Japan, but in the boxing world—where stories change with every blow sustained or landed on either fist—there is one name that should now appear whenever pound-for-pound lists are drawn up. Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Texan pugilist, has been making waves, and his recent performance against Sunny Edwards raises the question: Does Bam deserve a place in the pound-for-pound elite?

Rodriguez’s journey started in March 2017, the start of a promising career. Five years later, he took the WBC super-flyweight title by winning over Carlos Cuadros. But Rodriguez wasn’t satisfied with resting on his laurels, so he entered the flyweight division and defeated Cristian Gonzalez to claim the vacant WBO flyweight championship by unanimous decision.

IBF world champion Sunny “Showtime” Edwards demanded an opportunity to face off against Rodriguez, and the stage was set for a unification bout. With his relentless forward movement and fearsome southpaw jab, the Texan took up the challenge. The result? A night of boxing magic at the Desert Diamond Arena, Glendale, Arizona.

From the first round itself, Rodriguez displayed his power. He advanced in pursuit of Edwards and landed a jab under your left eye, which did immediate damage. Rodriguez showed strategic intelligence and technical skill as the contest unfolded, changing levels and throwing combinations. The contest was a fine balance. Edwards’ check hook could get him over the top, but Rodriguez’s measured pressure began to affect his opponent.

Rodriguez then closed the distance in round five, letting go with solid combinations. This laid the groundwork for a fight full of to-and-fro action into round six. Edwards aimed for the head, but Rodriguez worked cleverly on the body. Edwards’s change In strategy, it signifies a turning point. Having moved into the eighth round and now walking Rodriguez down, sharp combinations brought out his growing superiority.

Such a victory is more than just winning. It’s simply a slap in the face to whatever tough competition he has trailing. Rodriguez passed the test with flying colours, opening his own door to wider participation in pound-for-pound discussions. The Texan has won the titles, and more than that, he’s done it in style.

Now, a question looms: Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez and pound-for-pound perfection The answer is to consider looking at his entire course, what he learned, and how much will take him far.

One piece of evidence for his staying power and refinement is Rodriguez’s own undefeated record. From the beginning of his career, he has dealt well with all kinds of difficulties. The result is that he can be seen to be growing and flexible in all respects.

Secondly, his accomplishments speak volumes. Fluent between the weight classes, Rodriguez won titles and then successfully defended them. It is a style all its own—the end result of an exquisite jazz touch layered with raw animal power.

His story goes on as he makes an attempt to return to the super-flyweight division in 2024, where it is rumored that Estrada wants him back again. WBC title challenges lined up behind the plate.

So in short, the debate over whether or not to include Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez on any pound-for-pound list really comes down to one fight. The string of successes, embossed with strategy and filled out by innate savoir-faire for the sweet science, is summed up here. In the changing boxing talent landscape, Rodriguez’s name belongs to the greatest. With so much already accomplished by him in a short career, he is a candidate for greatness.

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