Mexican challenger Jonathan Rodriguez maybe lacking in skills but he has one thing that has made him click since turning professional in 2015.
“He’s a tough guy, not so much skills but a lot of heart,” reported Hispanic fight scribe Salvador Rodriguez of ESPN Deportes.
Rodriguez battles Jerwin Ancajas for the Filipino southpaw’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight crown on Nov. 2 at the Dignity Sports Health Park in Carson, California.
Rodriguez, 24, brings to the ring a 21-1-0 win-loss-draw card with 15 KOs in his first world title fight.
Fighting exclusively in Mexico, Rodriguez faces the tough job of unseating Ancajas, who has manned the IBF 115-lb throne since Sept. 2016.
Ancajas, 27, enters his fifth straight fight on US soil armed with a 31-1-2 slate with 21 KOs and coming off a seventh-round demolition of Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai last May in Stockton.
Rodriguez is also strutting his stuff outside Mexico for the first time and is determined to make the most out of the experience.
Ancajas, who has grand plans in 2020, is raring to ruin Rodriguez’s plans.
“I trained long and hard for this fight,” said Ancajas, one of four reigning Filipino world champions at the moment.