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Former USBA Welterweight Champion and world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (28-8-4 16KO Danbury, CT) returns to the ring following a year-long hiatus at his stomping grounds, Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on, Saturday night, July 23. The Connecticut favorite son takes on Iraqi war veteran Shawn Cameron (10-1 5 KOs) of the Bronx, NY in a 10 round Jr. Middleweight contest, the main event of the Star Boxing action-packed fight card presented by promoter Joe DeGuardia. The summer bash, Slugfest at the Sun, will feature an exciting night of action beginning at 7:30 pm.
Rodriguez, who last fought in June 2015, challenged Erislandy Lara for the WBA World Jr. Middleweight title that night, dropping a 12-round decision to the champion. Delvin is 5-1 during his career in the Uncasville ring.
“At this point in my career I wanted to figure out the details on how to finish career,” said the Danbury native. “But I stayed in training because it’s great exercise and part of my life. I want to try to get a couple of wins and get back into the ratings.
“I’m back with my original trainer, Lou Fusco, who gave me a great foundation to start me off, with an aggressive style and strong foundation.”
Rodriguez has fought a who’s who over the course of his long career including such elite boxers as Miguel Cotto, the aforementioned Lara, and Austin Trout, but may be best remembered for his scintillating battle with Pawel Wolak on July 15, 2011, which garnered “Fight of the Year” award.
Rodriguez has challenged for the world championship on three different occasions and feels he still has something left to prove taking on the hungry and tough, Shawn Cameron.
Cameron, who has just 11 fights under his belt, sees this as the opportunity he has been waiting for. Cameron served two tours of duty in Iraq and knows a win over a well-known contender like Delvin Rodriguez will do wonders for his career.
“Once again Delvin Rodriguez returns to familiar settings, The Mohegan Sun, where he has fought many times,” says DeGuardia. “Delvin knows at this point of his career he cannot afford any slip ups and is taking on a dangerous, younger opponent in Shawn Cameron who knows a win over a name like Delvin will land him bigger fights. I expect another exciting fight which is the norm for Delvin and I’m very happy to be back at The Sun”.
Tickets are $150.00, $95.00 & $45.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number 1.800.745.3000.