Undefeated welterweight prospect Wilkins Santiago (12-0-2) will face a stiff test in David Rodela (17-12-3) on November 25th.
Going for the knockout
Santiago has his sights set on impressing the Erie, PA fans at the Bazzaro Promotions card on November 25th:
“I am going for the KO. I got one my last win and I am just looking to impress my fans. Whether I get it or not I am still leaving with the win.”
From the penitentiary to prospect, the odds have been stacked against Santiago his whole career but he refuses to let being the favorite go to his head and has the utmost respect for his opponent:
“This guy was once the chief sparring partner for the former pound for pound best in the world. He is dangerous all of the time. As long as I stick to my game plan, I won’t be derailed”.
Santiago went on:
“A lot of people counted me out throughout my life, except my supporters. I am hoping a lot make the short trip from Lorain to Erie so I can put on the performance of my life. I am hoping local business’ get behind me with sponsorship so Ohio can stand out in PA. Opponents and camps are getting more expensive and myself & my manager Eddie Gonzales have done it alone from the start of my pro career till now. Also, I am urging my supporters from Cleveland, Erie, Kentucky and Pittsburgh to turn out. Rodela is a tough guy but I will prove I am more tough, which will be better to do so with a crowd of supporters there.”
Puerto Rico vs Mexico boxing rivalry
He went on to touch on what this fight means to both men:
“Him knowing I’m Puerto Rican, him Mexican, and me being undefeated, he could land a pay day. I’m a vet in the game I know hes thinking war and I’m ready. Being Thanksgiving isn’t till after, I’ll be extra hungry. It’s my first time in my home area fighting, basically fighting an hour from home. This camp has been special, I got work with a young dog of a fighter Charlie Natal, and I am working with Push Davis out of Cleveland till I head back west. I’m also working this camp with Charles Conwell (National Champion and US Olympic Gold favorite) for speed and reflexes. I’m also working with sparring partner Thomas Mattice Aka ‘Gunna Man’and am also getting work in with Push And Freddy Barrerro.”
Rodela has not only sparred with one of the best in the world, but he has faced some of the best in the ring such as Terence Crawford, Jorge Linares, Ronny Rios and Kevin Kelley (to name a few).
With that in mind, he is looking to crack his 3 fight losing streak and will do anything possible to accomplish that. A win could lead to another payday, while a loss could spell the end of a storied career.
Both men have a lot on the line at the Brayfront Covention Center in Erie, PA on Novemeber 25th. Neither man can afford a lose at this stage of their career.
In the main event of the evening, another undefeated Puerto Rican prospect from Ohio, Antonio Nieves will do battle with Tony Valdez for the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title over the course of 8 rounds.
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