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Robert Garcia wants to see Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez drop back down to flyweight

Trainer Robert Garcia with Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez

The trainer of Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez 16-0 (11) wants to see the WBC super flyweight titleholder move back down in weight.

The 22-year-old Rodriguez from San Antonio, Texas moved up two weight classes to take on Carlos Caudras 37-5-1 (27) on short notice for the vacant WBC title in February. He dropped the Puerto Rican veteran in the third and went on to win a comfortable points decision.

This past weekend Rodriguez put on a masterclass of power boxing to stop heavy-hitting former world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 50-6-1 (43) in the eighth round.

Rodriguez has said he wants to unify at 115-pounds before dropping back down to a more natural weight class.

His coach Robert Garcia would like to see that happen sooner rather than later.

“I honestly do want him to go back down to 112,” Garcia told Little Giant Boxing. “If there’s a champion at 112 that is willing to fight we would love to.”

One target for Rodriguez could be WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez 18-2 (14), but Garcia isn’t confident that fight can be easily made. The 27-year-old Mexican has developed a reputation for pulling out of fights.

“I don’t want to mention names because at the end the WBC would be the easiest one, but with ‘Rey’ Martinez we don’t know if he’s going to make weight, if he’s going to fight, if he’s gonna get sick, he’s done it many times so I really don’t know,” Garcia said.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez has re-signed with promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

“I am delighted to sign with Eddie and Matchroom and so excited for the future,” said Rodriguez.

“Last night was the best night of my career so far, beating a great fighter like Rungvisai in my hometown – but it’s only the beginning and there’s so much more that I can achieve.

“I was so happy because there was a lot of people doubting me before last night saying that I shouldn’t be at 115-pounds and that Rungvisai was going to KO me. So, for me to stop him, that’s a big statement. He has boxed the very best at super flyweight and has not been stopped since his first two fights so that says a lot about me.

“I knew I could stop him, I said so in the build-up so to do it, I’m very happy. He packs a punch, I knew that and I could feel it, so I was glad to get him out of there.

“We will talk as a team, but I want to keep coming home to San Antonio. I hope everyone that came enjoyed the show, it means everything to me for my city to show out.

“The plan has been to go to 112-pounds and win a title there but I’m open to fighting anyone, I want to keep improving and fighting the best. Every fighter wants to be on that pound-for-pound list and you get there by fighting the best and beating them.”