Rodriguez taken distance

Junior welterweight Elvis Rodriguez (11-0-1, 10 KOs), 25, of the Dominican Republic, one of boxing’s top prospects, was extended the distance for the first time in his career but won handily over Luis Alberto Veron (18-3-2, 9 KOs), 28, of Argentina. Veron had never been stopped and Top Rank was hoping he would give Rodriguez rounds. Rodriguez won 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74.

“This was my first scheduled eight-round fight, and I actually think I got a lot of good experience,” the Freddie Roach-trained Rodriguez said through a translator. “Each fight, you acquire something different, and for this fight, I think the experience of going the rounds actually helped me out.

“It’s back to the gym to work on several things. Specifically, I know I needed to let my hands go a little more. When I did do that, I was able to hurt him. But in the end, I think it was a great experience.” by Dan Rafael

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