Rodriguez loses decision at the Palace

By Andrea Camarena

In his first ever rematch bout, local boxer Santiago Rodriguez lost to Raul Rodriguez in a unanimous judges decision at the Palace's "All In" fight night on Sept. 16.

Exeter's Santiago Rodriguez battled through the four-round middle weight bout exchanging punches with the less experienced Raul Rodriguez and pushing the fight.

The fight didn't pick up speed until the final round when both boxers felt the pressure of the bell and ended the fight with a flurry of punches in the final seconds.

The fight was Raul's first win and only his second fight. His first fight ended in a loss to Santiago in another decision fight at the Palace last December.

Santiago's record now drops to 4-2-2 with two wins by knock out. The loss makes two in a row for the boxer. He lost his last fight by way of knock out earlier this year at a fight in San Jose.

Coming back from a three week break, Santiago and his trainer Doug Henderson tried for a different strategy in the rematch fight. Henderson encouraged Santiago to box on the offensive and press Raul for the entire four rounds.

The Rodriguez fight was the third bout of the night. Also on the undercard were local favorites Hector Alatorre, Frank Mondejar and Jessica Rackozy.

Alatorre, a Tulare resident stunned the crowd when he knocked out his opponent on the first punch.

Mondejar's fight also impressed the Palace crowd as the closing bout of the night produced another knockout when Mondejar unleashed his power punch.

Female boxer Rackozy lost WBC title when she lost the decision after her 10-round bout.

Santiago will take on his next opponent on Sunday, Oct. 9 at the Fresno Fair.

At the show, Rodriguez will face Enrique Gutierrez in a four round bout. The two boxers are no strangers to eachother.

Rodriguez and Gutierrez fought four times as amateur boxers and even faced each other in their final amateaur bout. In their final amateur fight, Gutierrez defeated Rodriguez in his hometown of Santa Rosa. The boxers have a 2-2 record against each other but this wil be their first professional face-off.

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