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Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez ready to shine on Canelo Alvarez vs Gennadiy Golovkin undercard

Trainer Robert Garcia with Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez

WBC super flyweight champion Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez 16-0 (11) will make the second defence of his title when he takes on three-time world title challenger Israel ‘Jiga’ Gonzalez 28-4-1 (11) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

The fight will be the main support bout to the undisputed super middleweight title fight between champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and challenger Gennadiy Golovkin.

The 22-year-old southpaw from San Antonio, Texas, claimed the vacant green belt when he stepped in at late notice to defeat Carlos Cudras on points in Phoenix, Arizona in February. He then stopped former world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in eight rounds in San Antonio in June.

The fast-rising Rodriguez sees the opportunity to feature on the Alvarez-Golovkin card as the perfect platform to introduce himself to the wider public.

“I don’t feel pressure because I feel I was born for this,” said Rodriguez. “I belong on these big stages, it’s where I feel comfortable. Headlining in San Antonio, co-main to Canelo-GGG III, this is where I want to be, it’s been part of the plan and it’s great to see it play out. There’s expectation on me, all eyes are on me, I know that I need to perform at my best but that excites me.

“Canelo is the face of boxing so to be the curtain raiser for that fight is amazing. So many fans are going to be able to see what I can do. I’m only 22 so to be doing the things that I am doing, beating Carlos and Rungvisai, two of the four kings at super fly, I never look back and feel I need to appreciate what I do, but I do downplay what I do because I’m a humble guy.

“I’m right where I need to be, it’s just the beginning and the sky is the limit for me. I can’t tell you how far I can go because I don’t know how to stop. I want to be one of those fighters that 20 years from now, people say; ‘remember Bam Rodriguez, he was a bad dude’. One of those legends.

“I feel like I’m getting the recognition that I deserve and Saturday is the perfect platform to show everybody that I am the real deal.”