- Rivals meet for Álvarez’s WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles
- Main event expected to start at 11pm ET and 4am BST
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There’s one more undercard bout ahead of tonight’s feature attraction and it’s worth tuning in for. Jesse Rodriguez, the youngest world champion in boxing today and one of America’s brightest rising stars, is making his second defense of the WBC super-flyweight title against Israel González in a fight that’s due to start in the next few minutes.
The 22-year-old Texan southpaw, who trains under the great Robert Garcia, has been widely tabbed for Fighter of the Year honors and can effectively close the debate with a good show tonight. Our Donald McRae caught up with him earlier this week:
For the first time this year Rodriguez will step into the ring as the favourite when he defends his world title against Israel Gonzalez. If he wins in dominant style again, many boxing insiders believe he could seal his place as 2022’s Fighter of the Year.
“This is a huge fight for me,” Rodriguez says, “probably bigger than my last two fights because it’s on the biggest card of boxing in Vegas. So this is the perfect platform to go out there and show not just the hardcore boxing people but the casual fans what I can do. I’m one of those fighters you see very rarely, a once-in-a-generation world champion, and people are going to see that on Saturday night in Las Vegas. I’m going to go out there and be spectacular and show everyone that I really am the fighter of the year.”
Written by Bryan Armen Graham in Las Vegas
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