Ready For Rodriquez
By Jesse Kelley
Photo By Rich Peterson - 13twentythree.com
Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort (4-0, 4 KO's) takes on 24 year old Iowa native
Joshua Rodriquez (4-6, 4 KO's) Saturday night
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley.
Last time in the ring, Fort battled North Dakota's Kane Pudwill in front
of Pudwill's hostile, hometown crowd.
"The fight with Pudwill was good because I had never been three rounds
before in my career", said Fort when asked about the fight. "I
ended up getting six good rounds in. They tried to get me though by trying
to extend the number of rounds before the fight to give the hometown fighter
the advantage. But I stayed disciplined and humble in the fight. He was
pretty fast in the first two rounds. But I knocked him through the ropes
in the fifth with a body shot. I ended up stopping him in the sixth. After
the fight I raised his hands and the crowd was cheering for both of us.
Fort's opponent tomorrow night has the reputation of being a hit or miss
fighter depending on how he trains for a fight. Rodriquez doesn't hold
a glamorous record but it is deceiving as the Iowan can surprise a lot
of fighters when prepared properly.
As Fort revealed his daily routine, it became clear that being in less
then peak shape shouldn't be a problem if Fort continues to stay disciplined.
"I run in the morning around 6am, come home, eat, and then go to
work with my strength and conditioning trainer at 11. Then I go to work.
After work it's straight to the gym to train."
As for what fans can expect tomorrow night, Fort says he will wait to
see what Rodriquez brings.
"I am just expecting to see two boxers that can box in there. I plan
on seeing what he brings early on. When I feel he can't handle my pressure
and he can't handle my power then I will change things up on him. It will
be a great feeling to be able to fight in front of my home town fans.
I just want to tell all the supporters of mine that are behind me to keep