Former junior bantamweight champion Carlos Cuadras will face late replacement Jesse Rodriguez on Saturday night via DAZN.
Carlos Cuadras (39-4-1, 27 KOs) vs. Jesse Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs).
- Date: Saturday, Feb. 5
- Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (main event later in show)
- Where: Footprint Center, Phoenix
- TV/Stream: DAZN
- Cost: DAZN is $19.99 per month or $99.99 annually
- Division: Junior bantamweight
- Rounds: 12
- At stake: Vacant WBC title
- Pound-for-pound ranking: None
- Odds: NA
- Also on the card: Jamie Mitchell vs. Carly Skelly, bantamweights (for Mitchell’s WBA title); Raymond Ford vs. Edward Vazquez, featherweights
- Prediction: Cuadras UD
BACKGROUND: Cuadradas and Cuadradas fighting each other: Cuadras, the former 115-pound title challenger, was scheduled to face Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a long-awaited rematch on Saturday, and title challenger Juan Francisco Estrada was scheduled to face rival Roman Gonzalez in a mini-tournament on March 5. But the party is ruined. Both Sor Rungvisai and Estrada withdrew from their matches due to illness. Rodriguez, who was scheduled to fight on Saturday’s card, agreed to step in last weekend. And Gonzalez will face 112-pound champion Julio Cesar Martinez. The 33-year-old Cuadras hasn’t held a bigger belt since 2016, when Gonzalez took it away from him by decision. The Mexican is coming off an 11th round knockout loss in the title fight against Estrada in October 2020, his last match. Rodriguez, who was due to face Fernando Diaz, takes a significant step up in the match-up. The southpaw from San Antonio was a good junior amateur who can box and punch. And he is in good form, having stopped his last six opponents. We’ll find out if it’s too early for him to face an opponent of Cuadras’ calibre and experience. Cuadras was due to fight Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who withdrew after testing positive for COVID-19.