EL LOBOS' LITMUS TEST
By Joseph Barclay on Aug 25 2017
For any promising boxer on the rise, nothing tests their legitimacy like a fight with a seasoned veteran, particularly a fight with an Australian title on the line. On September 9, Adrian “el lobo” Rodriguez will be looking to take a considerable step forward in his career when he takes on Sam Colomban at the Mansfield Tavern for the Australian super-welterweight title.
Colomban, a 32 year old Cameroon Commonwealth Games representative, comes into this bout with a wealth of experience having a number of respected opponents on his resume’, including the likes of Dennis Hogan and most notably, Jeff Horn.
Rodriguez, a relatively green title contender of only nine fights, has proven to be a well-rounded and multi-faceted fighter with a record already consisting of victories via decision, TKO and knockout.
Despite their gulf in experience, Rodriguez is treating Colomban like any of his previous opponents. He is firmly of the belief that his dogged work ethic can nullify any perceived advantages Colomban has gained from his lengthy career in the ring.
“I am going to go out there and do what I always do and make it a fight. I am preparing as I would for any fight, as I’m always in the gym training hard and getting better. It’s the way I make up for my lack of experience, by outworking these other guys in the gym”.
Given it’s a title fight, there’s extra motivation for Rodriguez as being crowned Australian champion represents the sacrifices he has made to get him to this point, as well as a stepping stone to bigger and better things globally.
“Becoming an Australian champion means a lot to me. It’s recognition of all my hard work and progress that I have made in the boxing scene, and winning the title is another step towards my goal of reaching the world stage”.
If Rodriguez is successful come September 9, it will add to the rapidly growing list of Australian boxers knocking on the door of nation-wide recognition and the much-coveted accolade of international success.