Rungvisai Out: Jesse Rodriguez vs. Carlos Cuadras WBC Super Flyweight Title

DAZN returns to the squared circle for their opening event of 2022, live from the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, Feb.5. The vacated WBC super flyweight championship will be determined between Carlos Cuadras and Jesse Rodriguez in the main event of the evening. 

In attempts to keep the weekend main event WBC showcase alive, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn called upon his freshly signed, undefeated talent in Jesse Rodriguez on extremely short notice. Rodriguez will face the former WBC titleholder Carlos Cuadras following a late withdrawal from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. 

Rungvisai versus Cuadras was a rematch seven years in the making, but the initially scheduled bout saw Rungvasai withdraw due to illness. As Rodriguez was already set to feature on the card, the young

Rodriguez stepping up on short notice is a true testament to his mindset. Still, he also joins a fellow young star in Julio Martinez who recently replaced Juan Estrada to face Roman Gonzalez on March 5 – Hearn cited his comments from that rescheduling and expected both up-and-comers to live up to their hype this weekend. 

Rodriguez stepping up on short notice is a true testament to his mindset. Still, he also joins a fellow young star in Julio Martinez who recently replaced Juan Estrada to face Roman Gonzalez on March 5 – Hearn cited his comments from that rescheduling and expected both up-and-comers to live up to their hype this weekend. 

Once again, my hat goes off to both Carlos, Jesse and their teams for making this happen,” Hearn commented. “Both camps and fighters were quick to get this fight together after Srisaket was taken ill and unable to fight, and we wish him well

But what a fight we have in prospect, Carlos has the chance to become a two-time world champion and eye up the winner of Gonzalez-Martinez fight, and Jesse has been chomping at the bit to get a world title shot and victory on Saturday night catapults him into the mix for huge fights in 2022

The lower weights always deliver, and fate may well have sent us another barn-burner to light up Phoenix on Saturday night.” 

Cuadras and Rodriguez meet on a massive night of boxing entertainment in Phoenix with an additional world championship bout on the card when Jamie Mitchell defends her WBA Bantamweight strap against Carly Skelly. The sports betting scene in Arizona should receive significant betting action, especially when the oddsmakers are giving Cuadras a 30% chance of victory. Despite the Mexican’s downtrend, the moneyline betting value of +225 doesn’t coordinate with his experience and skillset.   

Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) captured the WBC title in 2014 from Srisaket, managing to defend his crown for two years in six title defenses before eventually surrendering his reign in a decision loss to Roman Gonzalez. 

After dropping the title, the 33-year-old Mexican native couldn’t find his form, losing consecutive meetings with Juan Estrada ad McWilliams Arroyo. However, a drop in competition led Cuadras back into title contention, where he would meet with Estrada on a second occasion – this time with championship gold at stake. 

Cuadras failed to overcome the talents of Estrada, finding himself on the wrong end of an eleventh round TKO stoppage and subsequently a second loss to his Mexican rival. 

The Estrada bout took place in October 2020, and it was notably the last time Cuadras competed. Now, the former champ returns from a long layoff to claim the same belt, which became vacated after Estrada was propelled to a franchise champion early last year.   

I heard Rungvisai got sick; we arrived with my team last night to Phoenix; I hope he is stable without complications,” Cuadras commented. “For my part, I’m ready and grateful with Teiken, Matchroom and the WBC for the opportunity to fight Jesse, who is a good fight.” 

Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) declared a partnership with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom boxing just last week, with the hopes of claiming a title opportunity before the year’s end. Fortunately for him, the stars aligned, and Rodriguez now enters his first fight with Hearn under championship implications. 

At the tender age of 22-years-old, Rodriguez will take a significant step up in competition level. Having never competed in a 12-round contest before, the American native is put into the lion’s den. 

With that said, Rodriguez appeared on countless 2022 fighters to watch lists, and his professional record speaks for itself. ‘Bam’ didn’t expect his desire to compete for a world title to materialize so soon, but he’s ready for the challenge ahead. 

I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be fighting for the WBC World title,” Rodriguez commented. “It’s always been a dream of mine to become World champion, and that dream will become a reality this weekend. I want to thank RGBA, Teiken, and Matchroom, without them, this wouldn’t be possible. On Saturday night, San Antonio will have another World champion!”