Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: Jesse Rodriguez is not to be underestimated

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: Jesse Rodriguez is not to be underestimated Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 20 Jun by Anson Wainwright Former two-time junior bantamweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will challenge Jesse Rodriguez for his old WBC title at the Tech Port Arena, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday. Sor Rungvisai, who is rated No. 1 by The Ring at 115-pounds, behind champion Juan Francisco Estrada, had been due to face Carlos Cuadras in a rematch in February but had to pull out with a kidney problem.  He was subsequently replaced by Rodriguez, who jumped two-divisions to impressively claim the vacant WBC title by dropping and outboxing Cuadras. “It was a good fight, Rodriguez did very well,” Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 knockouts) told The Ring through Chonlathan Supphaiboonlerd. “Although Rodriquez is very young, he is a strong champion. He must not be underestimated. “I have been training hard and I will do everything to ensure that I will be at my best condition on fight night.” The 35-year-old power-puncher will be fighting for the first time in 15-month. However, he was able to knock some ring rust off during a public sparring session against former WBC junior flyweight titlist Kompayak Porpramook in April. “It was very important for me because it helped me prepare to be mentally ready for the fight.” he said. The popular Thai fighter, who has as usual prepared at the NKL (Nakornlaung Promotions) training camp in Nonthaburi with long time trainer Chokchai Pisitwuttinan, is quick to say that the time away from boxing has helped reinvigorate him. “Now, I’m hungrier than ever,” he said. “I really want to be a three-time WBC world champion. I would be the first Thai boxer in history to achieve that.” And with that in mind he still has aspirations of securing rubber matches with his old rivals. “I would like to face [Ring and WBA titleholder Juan Francisco] Estrada and [Roman] “Chocolatito” [Gonzalez] after this fight,” he said. “That remains my ultimate goal.” NKL chairman, Surachart Pisitwuttinan, is steadfast in his belief in his fighter. “It will be a really good fight,” said Sor Rungvisai’s promoter. “Rodriguez is a great champion, but Srisaket will win.” Rodriguez turned professional as a 17-year-old in Mexico in 2017. After three of his first four fights took place in Mexico, he began to fight more frequently in America and gained notoriety in 2020 with a pair of early knockouts inside The Bubble. Although he initially had title hopes at 108-pounds, he was only too happy to fight Cuadras (UD 12) for the vacant WBC title. “Bam” is unbeaten in 15 fights, with 10 knockouts. Rodriguez-Sor Rungvisai, plus full supporting undercard, will be broadcast on DAZN, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at [email protected] and you can follow him on  [email protected] GET THE LATEST ISSUE AT THE RING SHOP (CLICK HERE) or Subscribe Please leave this field empty SIGN UP TO GET RING NEWS ALERTS Share this story Ratings | View All Top 6 Pound for Pound 1 2 3 4 5 6 Trending Jousce Gonzalez vs. Jose Angulo to headline Golden Boy card on July 28 Vergil Ortiz looks forward to shaking off his ring rust against Michael McKinson Usyk-Joshua 2 quotes, press conference concludes with intense staredown The Neutral Corner: Episode 319 – Beterbiev destroys Smith, preview of Franco vs Rungvisai and more Erik Bazinyan aims to impress against Marcelo Coceres on Thursday Schedule | View All 25Jun Murodjon Akhmadaliev vs. Ronny Rios; Jessica McCaskill vs. Alma Ibarra; Jesse Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (DAZN) 25Jun Hekkie Budler vs. Elwin Soto (ESPN+) 02Jul Mairis Briedis vs. Jai Opetaia Facebook RingTV Official Product Shop Now!

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: Jesse Rodriguez is not to be underestimated

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai: Jesse Rodriguez is not to be underestimated

Srisaket Sor Rungvisai
20
Jun
by Anson Wainwright

Former two-time junior bantamweight titleholder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will challenge Jesse Rodriguez for his old WBC title at the Tech Port Arena, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday.

Sor Rungvisai, who is rated No. 1 by The Ring at 115-pounds, behind champion Juan Francisco Estrada, had been due to face Carlos Cuadras in a rematch in February but had to pull out with a kidney problem. 

He was subsequently replaced by Rodriguez, who jumped two-divisions to impressively claim the vacant WBC title by dropping and outboxing Cuadras.

“It was a good fight, Rodriguez did very well,” Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1, 43 knockouts) told The Ring through Chonlathan Supphaiboonlerd. “Although Rodriquez is very young, he is a strong champion. He must not be underestimated.

“I have been training hard and I will do everything to ensure that I will be at my best condition on fight night.”

The 35-year-old power-puncher will be fighting for the first time in 15-month. However, he was able to knock some ring rust off during a public sparring session against former WBC junior flyweight titlist Kompayak Porpramook in April.

“It was very important for me because it helped me prepare to be mentally ready for the fight.” he said.

The popular Thai fighter, who has as usual prepared at the NKL (Nakornlaung Promotions) training camp in Nonthaburi with long time trainer Chokchai Pisitwuttinan, is quick to say that the time away from boxing has helped reinvigorate him.

“Now, I’m hungrier than ever,” he said. “I really want to be a three-time WBC world champion. I would be the first Thai boxer in history to achieve that.”

And with that in mind he still has aspirations of securing rubber matches with his old rivals.

“I would like to face [Ring and WBA titleholder Juan Francisco] Estrada and [Roman] “Chocolatito” [Gonzalez] after this fight,” he said. “That remains my ultimate goal.”

NKL chairman, Surachart Pisitwuttinan, is steadfast in his belief in his fighter.

“It will be a really good fight,” said Sor Rungvisai’s promoter. “Rodriguez is a great champion, but Srisaket will win.”

Rodriguez turned professional as a 17-year-old in Mexico in 2017. After three of his first four fights took place in Mexico, he began to fight more frequently in America and gained notoriety in 2020 with a pair of early knockouts inside The Bubble. Although he initially had title hopes at 108-pounds, he was only too happy to fight Cuadras (UD 12) for the vacant WBC title. “Bam” is unbeaten in 15 fights, with 10 knockouts.