|Jesse James Rodríguez Franco|
|Height||5 ft 4+1⁄2 in (164 cm)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Born||January 20, 2000|
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Wins by KO||11|
Jesse James Rodríguez Franco (born January 20, 2000) is an American professional boxer, who has held the WBC super flyweight title since February 2022. As of December 2021, he is ranked as the world's fifth best light-flyweight and sixth best junior bantamweight by The Ring, as well as the eight best junior batanmweight by TBRB. As an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships.
During his amateur career, Rodríguez won two U.S. National Youth Championships (in 2015 and 2016), as well as the 2016 U.S. Junior Open Tournament. At the international level, he won the silver medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships.
Rodríguez made his professional debut against Mauricio Cruz on March 10, 2017, winning by unanimous decision. By the end of 2019, Rodríguez amassed a 10–0 record, with six of those victories coming by way of stoppage.
Rodríguez was scheduled to face Marco Sustaita on February 29, 2020, on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia versus Jessie Vargas bout. Rodríguez won the fight by eighth-round technical knockout. Rodríguez was next scheduled to face the one-time WBC light flyweight title challenger Janiel Rivera on September 5, 2020. He won the fight by a first-round knockout, managing to drop Rivera three times by the 2 minute mark of the opening round. Rodríguez was scheduled to fight Saul Juarez on December 12, 2020, on the undercard of the Shakur Stevenson and Toka Kahn Clary junior lightweight bout. Rodríguez lived up to his role as the significant betting favorite, knocking Juarez out in the second.
Rodríguez was expected to challenge the reigning WBA (Regular) champion Esteban Bermudez in late 2021, however the fight was later cancelled as it didn't receive approval from the WBA. Rodríguez was instead scheduled to face Jose Alejandro Burgos on October 16, 2021, whom he beat by a fourth-round knockout.
Rodriguez was expected to face Fernando Diaz for the WBC USNBC flyweight title on February 5, 2022, on the undercard of the WBC super-flyweight title bout between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Carlos Cuadras. Soon after this fight was revealed, it was announced that Rodriguez had signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing. On January 31, it was announced that Srisaket had withdrawn from his bout with Cuadras, and would be replaced on a five-days notice by Rodriguez. It was Rodriguez's first super-flyweight fight since December 1, 2018. Rodriguez won the fight by unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 117–110 for him, while the third judge scored the bout 115–112 in his favor. He scored the sole knockdown of the fight in the third round, flooring the former titleholder with a right uppercut. Winning the title made Rodriguez the youngest active titlist in the sport.
Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first title defense against the former The Ring magazine, lineal and WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on June 25, 2022. The title bout was booked as the main event of a DAZN broadcast card, which will take place at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, Texas. Rodriguez won the fight by an eight-round technical knockout, stopping Sor Rungvisai with a flurry of punches at the 1:50 minute mark. He knocked his opponent down once prior to the stoppage, dropping Sor Rungvisai with a left hook a minute into the seventh round. Rodriguez outlanded Sor Rungvisai in both total punches landed (233 to 84) and power punches landed (119 to 72). Following this victory, Rodriguez extended his contract with Matchroom Boxing.
|16 fights||16 wins||0 losses|
|16||Win||16–0||Srisaket Sor Rungvisai||TKO||8 (12) 1:50||Jun 25, 2022||Tech Port Arena, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.||Retained WBC super flyweight title|
|15||Win||15–0||Carlos Cuadras||UD||12||Feb 5, 2022||Footprint Center, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.||Won vacant WBC super flyweight title|
|14||Win||14–0||Jose Alejandro Burgos||KO||4 (10), 1:23||Oct 16, 2021||Chukchansi Park, Fresno, California, U.S.|
|13||Win||13–0||Saul Juarez||KO||2 (8), 2:05||Dec 12, 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|12||Win||12–0||Janiel Rivera||KO||1 (8), 2:03||Sep 5, 2020||MGM Grand Conference Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|11||Win||11–0||Marco Sustaita||TKO||8 (10), 1:10||Feb 29, 2020||Ford Center at The Star, Frisco, Texas, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Cesar Garcia Torrijos||TKO||3 (10), 2:23||Jul 27, 2019||Event Center, Floresville, Texas, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Rauf Aghayev||TKO||3 (10), 2:50||Mar 16, 2019||AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Josue Morales||UD||6||Dec 1, 2018||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Edwin Reyes||UD||8||Sep 30, 2018||Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Armando Vazquez||KO||3 (6), 2:18||May 5, 2018||Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Santiago Sanchez Bayardo||TKO||1 (4), 1:33||Mar 9, 2018||Mi Mercado Event Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Jorge Mosqueira||KO||2 (4), 1:22||Nov 17, 2017||Salon Mezzanine, Tijuana, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Robert Ledesma||UD||4||Jun 10, 2017||Event Center, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.|
|2||Win||2–0||Erick Jovani Negrete||TKO||1 (4), 1:39||Apr 28, 2017||Salon Mezzanine, Tijuana, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Mauricio Cruz||UD||4||Mar 10, 2017||Carpa Astros, Tlalpan, Mexico|