The WBA Fedelatin and WBC Latino bantamweight champion, Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez ( 13-0, 9 KO ) of Puerto Rico has been officially ranked # 6 by the World Boxing Association ( WBA ), and #7 by the World Boxing Council ( WBC ).
Rodriguez captured both titles on August 22, 2015 by defeating tough mexican, Alex Rangel via TKO in round 7 at Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
“I’m very grateful with the WBA and WBC because this could mean a world title fight in the near future. I have already defeated two former world title contenders and I’m just waiting for the next step. I feel ready and confident for any challenge I may have. Both, my manager Juan Orengo, and trainer Jim Pagan has done a terrific job. I believe 2016 will be my year”, Emmanuel Rodriguez said.
On May 2015, Rodriguez knocked out cold in the third round, Dominican Luis Hinojosa, a former world title challenger, and WBA #11 at the moment of the fight.
On October 2014, the undefeated Puerto Rican sensation, captured the WBO Latino title by knocking out Miguel ‘No Fear’ Cartagena in the first round. Cartagena was a former two time United States National Champion, and 11 times Golden Gloves winner in Philadelphia.
Rodriguez has other notable victories by unanimous decision over world title contender, David Quijano, and former WBC FECARBOX champion, Felix Perez.
At amateur boxing, Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win gold medal at a Youth Olympic Games ( Singapore 2010 ). His record 171-11 included notable victories over former Cuban Olympic gold medal, Robeisy Ramírez, Jonathan González, Vasily Vetkin, among others.