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DELVIN RODRIGUEZ: FAMILY LED TO HIS WORLD TITLE SHOT

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December 22, 1989 was the day Delvin Rodriguez moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his family in search of a better life.

Rodriguez has the chance to cap his journey this Saturday night, June 2 when he challenges WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, in a fight that will be featured on “Four Warned” a rare quadrupleheader event that will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

It’s been a long road for Rodriguez, but the support he has received from his family through every step of his journey has made him the fighter and man that he is today.

“When you start out, the money is scarce so it’s very important to have people believe in you,” said Rodriguez. “My dream was to be a world champion and my mother and my longtime girlfriend have been there with me the whole way.”

“I was nine years old when I came to Danbury, Connecticut and started boxing. Before that it was just baseball with friends in the Dominican. Boxing wasn’t as popular there at the time like it is now.”

Continued Rodriguez, “The boxing gym in Danbury was very close to our house and my mother liked me going there because she knew where I was. It became my playground. I loved being there with my friends and I took to it right away.”

“I have one son named Delvin and one on the way in September. My son inspires me so much to always do better. He’s my biggest fan.”

Rodriguez carries his ties to the Dominican Republic into each of his fights. “I still have a lot of family there. They watch all my fights and are some of my biggest fans. I go back twice a year and it’s nice to see now that boxing has become popular.”

This past Saturday, Delvin’s hometown of Danbury hosted an open workout for him before he left for California. “It was an open workout and just a great opportunity to see so many of my neighbors and people from the town who have been in my corner since I was an amateur.”

On Saturday night, Rodriguez will enter the ring as he seeks to fulfill his dream of becoming a world champion. “I’m ready. It’s been a long road here, but it will be that much more special to become a world champion.”

“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight for Tarver’s IBO world title, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. All four bouts are set for Saturday, June 2, airing live on SHOWTIME (9:00 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. “Four Warned” is presented by A.T. Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions with Trout vs. Rodriguez being presented in association with Greg Cohen Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Malinga vs. Santa Cruz being presented in association with Branco Sports Productions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T.

Tickets for “Four Warned” are available for as low as $25, with VIP floor seats priced at $200. Other tickets in the 8,000-seat outdoor stadium at The Home Depot Center are available at $50 and $100. Fans can purchase tickets at AXS.com or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849), as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PT). VIP Suites are available for purchase by calling 1-877-604-8777. For more information on group discounts or VIP packages, please call 1-877-234-8425.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, visit the website at http://sports.SHO.com.

STAR BOXING RETURNS TO RUSSO’S ON THE BAY

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Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York on Wednesday, May 2nd with VIP BOXING III, a stellar professional boxing card headlined by perennial heavyweight contender Vinny Maddalone.

Advance tickets for VIP BOXING III are available in tables of ten, $3500 for Gold seating and $2000 for Silver. Tickets may be purchased by calling Star Boxing at 718-823-2000 or by visiting their website at www.StarBoxing.com A limited number of individual table tickets are also available for  $200.

The full service VIP event will kick off promptly at 7pm with an hour-long cocktail reception followed by a four course elegant dinner along with the first bout starting at 8pm. An open bar will run for the course of the dinner and evening’s bouts.

 ”We’re very excited to bring a terrific night of professional boxing once again to the beautiful Russo’s On The Bay venue. This is our third VIP BOXING event and just like the last two it will be a wonderful evening of food and cocktails along with action packed fights,” said DeGuardia.

In the ten round main event, fan favorite Maddalone, 34-7-0 (25KO’s) of nearby Flushing, Queens, will clash with Youngstown, Ohio’s Chris Koval, 25-8-0 (18KO’s).

In his last start on October 22nd, Maddalone demonstrated the power he’s been known over his thirteen years as a professional with a devastating first round knockout of Mike Sheppard at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

 ”It’s great to have Vinny back in the ring, he’s been a very popular fighter for many years in the New York/New Jersey area. Along with his showdown against Chris Koval we’re putting together a terrific undercard for this event.”

 The co-main event at VIP BOXING III will be an eight round junior welterweight clash between former world title challenger “Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis and Albany, New York’s Broderick Antoine.

A native of Athens, Greece, now living in Astoria, Queens, the southpaw Arnaoutis carries a record of 23-7-2 (10KO’s) amassed over his eleven year career, most recently shutting out Shakha Moore over six rounds on February 10th at the Mohegan Sun Casino.

Russo’s On The Bay is located at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach. For more information please visit their website at www.russosonthebay.com

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