Former world super welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez has informed WBN that he will be fighting talented Cuban Erislandy Lara on May 29 at the Hard Rock Café in Miami.
Rumours had been rife regarding a return to the sport for 34 year-old fighter-turned commentator as the Dominican gives his career another go eleven months after his draw with Joachim Alcine in Quebec, Canada. It had been thought the Rodriguez would be concentrating on his announcing career with ESPN, although a 40th pro contest has now been confirmed to WBN.
Rodriguez is handed a redemption attempt at the WBA 154lb belt following his loss to Austin Trout in June 2012, which was then followed by a crushing three-round defeat to Miguel Cotto 16 months later.
“I haven’t fought in about a year now but that’s not my fault. I would like to fight a least three times a year, but it hasn’t been easy for me,” Rodriguez exclusively told World Boxing News.
“My career has always been the hard way. Managing problems, trainer and promoter problems – you name it. Now, I have a chance to fight for a world title and I can’t say no to that even though I been inactive for a year.
“I don’t blame the fans for losing confidence in me and my abilities because I have not looked good in my last few fights. But I know what’s been going on behind the curtain in my career.
“With my new team and with the time I have to prepare for Lara, I assure the fans a great fight,” he added.
Lara, 32, last fought when defending his full WBA title against Ishe Smith in December and had been linked to all manner of opponents before the bout with Rodriguez was finalised for the end of next month.