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Rodriguez Announces Himself On The World Scene

A Puerto Rican Star Is Born, As Rodriguez Claims IBF Bantamweight Title.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

A new star has been born, and the bantamweight division just got all the more interesting.

Emmanuel Rodriguez outboxed, outpunched, outfought and quite frankly outclassed a game and brave Paul Butler to claim the IBF Bantamweight title. The new champion entered the ring as the only man who could win the title after Butler missed weight by three and a half pounds. The former champion deciding to not re-weigh and losing the chance to win the title before he ever set foot in the ring.

The fight seemed as though it wouldn't go past the opening stanza. Rodriguez highlighting his punching power by dropping Butler twice in the first round. The scores already heavily against the Englishman before the fight could really get going. 

I wish I could tell you more about this fight. But it really was a one-sided fight. The judges returned scorecards of 118-108 and 120-106 twice, such was the utter dominance of the new champion. 

Butler will come again. But for Rodriguez he announced himself to the world and threw his hat into what is already a very competitive division. Noaya Inoue, Zolani Tete, Jamie McDonell and Ryan Burnett, you have been put on notice.