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March 30, 2013

RODRIGUEZ, GRACHEV WIN IN MONACO

Edwin Rodriguez W10 Ezequiel O. Maderna... Also in Monaco, super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez moved on to the finale of the Monte-Carlo Million Dollar Super 4 tournament pounding out a ten-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Argentine Olympian Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna. Rodriguez was the aggressor throughout, pressing the action and landing the much bigger shots. Maderna was able to counter well though, keeping the fight relatively close. Rodriguez was deducted a point for a low blow in the eighth round and another in the ninth for what the referee deemed a blow behind the head that dropped Maderna. It was a questionable call, as the blow seemed to land more toward the top of Maderna's head. Rodriguez was able to get the point back later in the round though, as he dropped Maderna with a straight right hand just as the round was ending. Rodriguez looked to end the show in the tenth, but settled for the unanimous decision, winning by scores of 96-92 twice, and 95-92. With the win, Rodriguez improves his record to 23-0, while Maderna drops to 19-1.

Denis Grachev W10 Zsolt Erdei... In what was easily the fight of the night, Denis Grachev handed former two-division titlist Zsolt Erdei his first pro loss, taking a ten-round split decision and advancing on to the Super 4 Finale in July against Rodriguez. Erdei controlled the early action with his boxing skills, working behind his jab and leaving Grachev swinging and missing widely. However, as the rounds progressed, Grachev turned the fight into more of a slugfest, as he looked to rough up Erdei in the process. Grachev was the busier of the two, with Erdei landing the much cleaner blows. With the fight up for grabs, both fighters came out in the final round throwing bombs. It was a close round, with both fighters having their moments. In the end, two of the judges favored Grachev's aggression over Erdei's boxing ability, winning the split decision by scores of 96-94 (twice), 94-96.  It was a close and controversial decision, with many at ringside thinking Erdei should have been the victor. Erdei's performance was not wasted though, as he was invited back to fight on the card featuring the Super 4 Finale on July 13, back in Monaco. source for both results: press release



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