|David Rodriguez: A charitable Contender
INTERVIEW by Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Dec 10, 2008) Photo © NinoBoxing.com
He is tough, hard hitting, undefeated, and looking to make a big splash in the heavyweight division, but life is not just about fighting for unbeaten heavyweight contender David Rodriguez, 30-0 (28), it is also about giving back to the community. So although the thirty-one year old fighter is aiming at a heavyweight strap, and to his opponents his hands are heavy, to the fans and charities, his hands are there to help.
This weekend, Convicted Artist teams up with the “Life Rolls On Foundation”, a foundation which helps out
people with spinal cord injuries.
So with the fighter on the verge of a big fight, he takes time to help out, and in this exclusive interview, “Nino” takes time out to speak on his career as well as this weekends upcoming event, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: Well my brother, your recent victory has boasted you to thirty consecutive wins, how does it feel to be 30-0?
David Rodriguez: I think it is a blessing, I feel that every time I fight and I win and come out healthy it is a blessing. To go 30-0 obviously it is huge for me. I am very proud, and God willing I can go further.
BH: You are cracking the top twenty and moving up closer to the top ten, when are you going to start fighting the higher caliber of competition, maybe somebody in the top ten or fifteen.
DR: I think next year, I think 2009 is going to be a big year and 2010 is going to be even bigger. I think those two years of breaking in, our sites are geared for a championship. I am going to try to get at least six fights next year, and at least four of them will be higher caliber fighters. I will have a busy year next year. I try to look at one fight at one time, every fight has its own worries.
BH: We have a charity event coming up this weekend in Irvine, CA, Convicted Artist is working with the “Life Rolls on Foundation” it helps people who have been injured with spinal cord injuries, you are going to be there. With so many charities out there, why this one?
DR: For two reasons, first off, to help people with spinal cord injuries, it is a huge cause, so obviously you have to give back to the community and you have to do the right thing. What is the use of me boxing if I cannot use what I am doing to do good. That is the main reason. Secondly, very good friends of mine from El Paso are throwing the event and I am here to help them out as well. I think it is a good event, for me it is for two good reasons, mainly it benefits “Life Rolls On”, I am honored that they are even having me there.
BH: Were does David Rodriguez stand in the current scene of the heavyweight division?
DR: To be honest I am coming into the hard fights now, I think my skills will shine for themselves. I think I am one of the five top hardest hitting heavyweights. I don’t have any doubt about that, my record shows that. If not the hardest heavyweight, I am very fast. People under estimate how fast I am until they are in there with me and they see me coming, things change really quick. I bring a lot of excitement to the division. The guys I will be fighting is going to be really tough, they are going to be extremely tough cats, so I have my work cut out for me. Every fight that I have in 2009-2010 I can not make one mistake, in the heavyweight division, one punch can change everything. It is going to be an exciting time these next two years.
BH: Define David Rodriguez in three words.
DR: (Pause) What did you say three words, it takes more. (Laughs)
BH: Ok, just once sentence, define David Rodriguez.
DR: Colorful, exciting, in your face fight to the death heavyweight.
For more info on this weekends upcoming charity event, please check out www.convictedartist.com.
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