Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez has dropped the WBC Super Flyweight title and will now compete for WBO Flyweight title against Cristian Gonzalez.
A Boxer of the Year contender, Rodriguez jumped up to super flyweight division to take a short notice fight to win WBC title in February this year. However, he now wants to move back to flyweight division.
WBO rating committee approved a request from Rodriguez to be ranked as a contender for flyweight title on Thursday. BoxingScene reported that Rodriguez vacated the WBC Super Flyweight title on Wednesday to show his commitment for flyweight division.
Junto Nakatani, WBO Flyweight Champion until earlier this week, has vacated the title to move to Super Flyweight division. WBO has then ordered Rodriguez vs Cristian Gonzalez for WBO Flyweight title. Gonzalez is coming off two quick knockout wins in his last two bouts and remains undefeated in his last 9 bouts.
Jesse Rodriguez stepped in on short notice to take the fight for WBC Super Flyweight title and defeated Carlos Cuadras after Srisaket Sor Rungvisai pulled out. Rodriguez then defeated Rungvisai via knockout in June in his first title defense. He then defended the title once again against Israel Gonzalez in the co-main event of Canelo vs GGG 3 event in September.
It is believed that Rodriguez wants to challenge other top two fighters in flyweight division after winning WBO title which are IBF Champion Sunny Edwards and WBC Champion Julio Cesar ‘El Rey’ Martinez.