On Saturday night October 2nd, undefeated Brazilian Middleweight Isaac Rodriguez will take on Colombian power puncher Samuel Miller in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the WBC/USNBC Middleweight championship at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York.
Rodrigues of Belem, Brazil and now makes his home in West Berlin, New Jersey has a perfect record of 17-0 with fourteen knockouts will look to capture a second Middleweight championship.
The twenty-five year old won his first eight bouts via knockout in his native country. Rodrigues made his American debut on April 28, 2007 with a four round majority decision Hollister Elliott at the Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut. Rodrigues won two more bouts in the United States before heading back to Brazil.
On April 3rd, 2008, Rodrigues won the WBO Latino Middleweight title with an eighth round stoppage over Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (19-3-1). He defended that crown once with a tenth round stoppage over Americo Rodolfo Sagania (16-2-1) before heading back to the states.
Since the two title fights in Brazil, Rodrigues has won four straight on American soil which includes a second round stoppage over tough Jose “Macho” Medina, capable Bard Austin, upset specialist Marcos Primera and in his last bout, Rodrigues scored a ten round majority decision over Contender Brian Vera (16-3) in a bout that took place on February 26th at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino.
Miller of Arboletes, Colombia and now residing in La Habra, California is known as a knockout artist as his record reads 20-4 with seventeen knockouts.
Miller made his first twelve appearances in Colombia and won twelve straight with all but one coming inside the distance. Miller than campaigned in the United States and won four fights in an eight month stretch that were highlighted by wins over Jason Naugler (15-5-1) and Steve Walker (19-13).
After a second round knockout win in Colombia, Miller suffered his first two pro defeats to Darrell Woods and a then undefeated Vera (12-0).
Miller dropped a fight to highly regarded David Lopez that was for the WBO Latino Middleweight title and in his last fight, Miller lost in an attempt at the same title to former world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (46-5-1).
In the exciting co-feature, local favorite Brian Miller will take on Ikem Orji in an eight round Jr. Welterweight bout.
Miller of Schenectady, New York is undefeated with a record 8-0-4 with three knockouts and is known as a hard working customer who will fight anybody at anytime.
Miller has signature wins over Broderick Antoine and a split decision win over Danny McDermott (8-1-1). He is coming off a draw with tough Italian Floriano Pagliara (10-4) on September 11.
Orji of Laurel, Maryland via Nigeria has a record of 6-3 with two knockouts. Like Miller, Orji is willing to fight anyone with close losses to prospects Anthony Flores (6-0); Isaac Suarez (6-0).
Orji scored a mild upset when he scored a fourth round stoppage over Andrew Farmer (13-1) this past March 6th. Orji dropped his last bout as he lost a unanimous decision to Rod Salka (11-0).
The rest of the card features some very good local prospects.
In a six round Welterweight bout, Kenny Abril (9-3-1, 5 KO’s) of Rochester, NY takes on Francisco Ginorio (7-6-2, 2 KO’s) of Palm Bay, Florida. In a six round ladies Featherweight attraction, Jackie Trivilino (4-2-1, 1 KO) of Pittsburgh, NY takes on Jennifer Scott (2-2, 2 KO’s) of Warren, Ohio
In a four round Middleweight bout, Stephen Scott (4-1) of New York takes on undefeated Deferson LeGrand (3-0, 2 KO’s) of New York, NY. In a battle of debuting Lightweights, Jermell Tyson will tussle with IIlyas Aksabaez of Brooklyn, NY.
Rounding out the card will be Cruiserweight Brian Clookey (2-0, 1 KO) of Chase Mills, NY fighting an opponent to be announced in a four round bout.
Tickets for this great night of boxing are just $30, $45 & $55 and can be purchased at The Showroom Box office by calling 1-888-833-SHOW (7469) and all Ticketmaster outlets by calling 315-472-0700.
The entire fight card can be viewed live worldwide on www.gofightlive.tv