Rodriguez takes third pro win

By Andrea Camarena

When Santiago Rodriguez received a call from a boxing promoter in San Jose at "The Tank," on Feb. 2 he dropped everything to drive to the Bay Area, weigh in, win a unanimous decision after four rounds of boxing and drive back to Exeter at 4 a.m. to make it to work on time on Feb. 4.

Some might say that the 3-0-1 proffesional boxer is dedicated to the sport of boxing.

The 39-36, 39-36, 39-36 win over San Jose's Jesse Martinez was Rodriguez' third win and was almost his second knock out.

Rodriguez took control of the fight early in the first round and pressed the fight the whole way said Rodriguez' trainer Doug Henderson.

Rodriguez kept fighting strong in the second round but had his big moment in the third round.

Martinez rolled into a corner and stayed trapped there as Rodriguez delivered blow after blow.

Rodriguez hit with heavy punches and saw as Martinez' knees buckled. With the knock out just a couple more hits away, Jesse Martinez was saved by the bell and had a chance to clean up his composure for the final round.

The fourth round went just like the rest of the fight with Rodriguez dominating but he didn't manage to get back what he had gained by the end of the third round.

Rodriguez did manage to gain support from the crowd at the HP Pavilion however.

"The crowd was cheering for their hometown fighter but it turned around and they started cheering for me," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez and Henderson are currently training for their upcoming fights in April.

Both the Palace in Lemoore and The Tank in San Jose have invited the Exeter boxer back for another four-round bout. The fights will take place within two weeks of each other, but Rodriguez is far from intimidated. "We'll train hard for the first fight and be ready for the second one," Rodriguez said.

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