Jesse James Rodríguez Franco
Height5 ft 4+12 in (164 cm)[1]
Reach67 in (170 cm)[1]
Born (2000-01-20) January 20, 2000 (age 22)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Boxing record[2]
Total fights16
Wins by KO11
Medal record
Men's amateur boxing
Representing  United States
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2015 St. Petersburg Pinweight

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.[3][4] As an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships.

Professional boxing career

Early career

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.[5][6] At the international level, he won the silver medal at the 2015 Junior World Championships.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10][11] 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.[12] Rodríguez lived up to his role as the significant betting favorite,[13] knocking Juarez out in the second.[14]

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.[15] Rodríguez was instead scheduled to face Jose Alejandro Burgos on October 16, 2021,[16] whom he beat by a fourth-round knockout.[17]

WBC super flyweight champion

Rodriguez vs. Cuadras

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.[18] Soon after this fight was revealed, it was announced that Rodriguez had signed a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21]

Rodriguez vs. Sor Rungvisai

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.[22] 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.[23] Rodriguez outlanded Sor Rungvisai in both total punches landed (233 to 84) and power punches landed (119 to 72).[24] Following this victory, Rodriguez extended his contract with Matchroom Boxing.[25]

Professional boxing record

16 fights 16 wins 0 losses
By knockout 11 0
By decision 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
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

See also


  1. ^ a b DAZN Boxing tale of the tape prior to the Srisaket Sor Rungvisai fight.
  2. ^ "Boxing record for Jesse James Rodríguez Franco". BoxRec.
  3. ^ "Ratings - Junior Flyweight". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ratings". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  5. ^ FloCombat Staff (April 1, 2016). "Sean Garcia vs Jesse Rodriguez Junior Open and Youth National Championships". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  6. ^ "2016 Junior Olympic, Prep National & Youth Open Championships". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  7. ^ "Bantamweight Marc Castro Wins Gold at the 2015 Junior World Championships". September 14, 2015. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  8. ^ Random Hits (July 9, 2019). "Jesse Rodriguez vs. Cesar Garcia Torrijos in Battle of Unbeatens". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  9. ^ Sanchez, Hector (February 14, 2020). "PRESS RELEASE: GARCIA vs VARGAS CLASH FOR THE WBC DIAMOND BELT AT THE "STAR" IN FRISCO, TEXAS". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Salazar, Francisco (September 5, 2020). "Jesse Rodriguez scores first round KO over Janiel Rivera". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  11. ^ Dawson, Alan (September 6, 2020). "A 20-year-old American bulldozed through an older opponent, knocking him down 3 times and out for good in the first round". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  12. ^ Salazar, Francisco. "Garcia-trained Jesse Rodriguez to fight Saul Juarez on Saturday night in Las Vegas". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  13. ^ "Jesse Rodriguez versus Saul Juarez breakdown". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  14. ^ Donovan, Jake (December 12, 2020). "Jesse Rodriguez Blasts Out Saul Juarez in Two Rounds". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  15. ^ Donovan, Jake (September 16, 2021). "WBA Confirms Bermudez Still Tied To Ordered Title Fight With Kyoguchi, Has Yet To Approve Bermudez-Rodriguez". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  16. ^ Stumberg, Patrick L. (October 11, 2021). "Esteban Bermudez out, Jesse Rodriguez vs Jose Alejandro Burgos set for October 16th". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  17. ^ Donovan, Jake (October 16, 2021). "Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez Drops Jose Alejandro Burgos, Scores 4th Round Stoppage In Fresno". Retrieved December 12, 2021.
  18. ^ Newswire (January 30, 2022). "Jesse Rodriguez faces Fernando Diaz on Rungvisai vs Cuadras 2 card in Phoenix". Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  19. ^ Random Hits (January 28, 2022). "Jesse Rodriguez Inks Promotional Pact With Eddie Hearn". Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  20. ^ Rodríguez, Salvador (January 31, 2022). "Carlos Cuadras ante Jesse Rodríguez por faja CMB; Rungvisai, fuera". Retrieved January 31, 2022.
  21. ^ Donovan, Jake (February 6, 2022). "Jesse 'Bam' Rodriguez Drops, Outpoints Carlos Cuadras For WBC Strap, Becomes Youngest Current Champion". Retrieved February 6, 2022.
  22. ^ Ring TV (April 26, 2022). "Jesse Rodriguez-Sisaket Sor Rungvisai And Kyoguchi-Bermudez Set For June". Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  23. ^ Salazar, Francisco (June 25, 2022). "Jesse Rodriguez Scores Star-Making TKO Win Over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai To Retain WBC Junior Bantamweight Title". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  24. ^ Compubox (June 26, 2022). "CompuBox: Bam Rodriguez Lands 54% of Total Punches on Sor Rungvisai". Retrieved June 26, 2022.
  25. ^ Christ, Scott (June 27, 2022). "Jesse Rodriguez extends contract with Matchroom Boxing after Rungvisai domination". Retrieved June 27, 2022.
Sporting positions
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Juan Francisco Estrada
WBC super flyweight champion
February 5, 2022 - present