“It was a right hand to the body, about a minute into the last round,” said Rodriguez, who improved to 19-0 with 14 knockouts while fighting in front of his hometown crowd. “I remember him reacting a little bit but I know if I hit a guy to the body, he’s hurt. I was surprised he finished the round. He’s a tough guy and if he wasn’t hurt, he would have come out for the next round.”
Traietti started the right aggressively, charging Rodriguez at the opening bell. Rodriguez established the distance, staying on the outside for the rest of the fight. “The first few rounds, my trainer [Ronnie Shields] told me to work behind the jab and fight from the outside,” Rodriguez said. “I was hoping it would go five or six rounds so we could work on some more things.” Said Shields, “It turned out great. [Rodriguez] busted up the kid with his jab. Every time he got close, he went to the body.”
This is Rodriguez’s first fight with Shields. “Edwin was already a good fighter,” Shields said. “I’m just showing him some things that will help him prolong his career and fight better at the top level.”
Rodriguez is ranked eighth by the International Boxing Federation, ninth by the World Boxing Association, 12th by the World Boxing Council and 13th by the World Boxing Organization.
Traietti, an Iraq War veteran from Quincy, Mass., dropped to 10-3 (6).
Former WBA junior middleweight titleholder Joachim Alcine and Jose Medina of Quincy, Mass. fought to an eight-round split draw. Matthew Regan scored it 78-75 for Alcine. Roland Milton scored it 78-74 for Medina and Ken Voluvik scored it 76-76.
Medina, 14-9-1 (6), traded with Alcine for most of the fight, landing some hard uppercuts with Alcine on the ropes in the third round. Toward the end of the fourth round, an accidental headbutt opened a cut on Medina’s left eyelid. His corner kept the cut under control for the remainder of the fight. Alcine countered more effectively in the fifth and sixth rounds and briefly staggered Medina with a straight right in the sixth.
Medina picked up the pace in the seventh and eighth rounds.
Alcine, whose last fight was on July 17, 2010, when he was stopped in the first round by Alfredo Angulo, is now 32-2-1 (19).
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski of Quincy, Mass. won an eight-round unanimous decision over James Lester of Detroit. Kielczewski, 11-0 (2), pressured Lester throughout the fight, forcing Lester to the ropes and attacking the body. Regan scored the fight 80-69, while Milton and Voluvik scored it 79-70. Lester dropped to 9-6 (4).
Kielczewski dropped Lester twice in the sixth round. Early in the round, Kielczewski landed an overhand right that dropped Lester when he was on the ropes. Lester kept his distance for the next minute but Kielczewski closed the gap and landed three overhand rights, forcing Lester to take a knee. An accumulation of punches had Lester taking a knee in the seventh. After referee Bob Benoit told Lester the next knockdown would be the last, Lester became more aggressive and drove Kielczewski back with a straight right. Kielczewski quickly regained control and pressured Lester to the ropes. By the end of the eighth, Kielczewski had Lester bleeding from the nose.
Heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis of Turner Falls, Mass. won a six-round majority decision over Tiffany Woodard of Wilson, N.C. Regan and Voluvik scored the fight 58-56 and 59-55, repsectively. Milton scored it 57-57. Lamonakis is now 6-0 (1); Woodard is 4-5-1 (3).
Luis Rosa of New Haven, Conn. won a six-round unanimous decision over Shawn Nichol of Lakewood, Colo. in a super bantamweight rematch. All three judges scored it 59-55. Rosa improved to 8-0 (5); Nichol dropped to 5-6 (5).
Heavyweight Kelvin Price of New Iberia, La. out-pointed Joseph Rabotte of Atlanta in a six-rounder. The scores were 60-54 (twice) and 60-55. Price is 11-0 (6); Rabotte is 11-17-1 (3).
At junior welterweight, Gabriel Duluc of Worcester won a four-round unanimous decision over Noel Garcia of Springfield, Mass. All three judges scored it 40-36. Duluc is now 2-0; Garcia is 2-11-1 (1).