Delvin Rodriguez (27-6, 15 KOs) made the most of his 15th appearance on ESPN’S Friday Night Fights (Feb 15) by stopping proud George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah (31-1, 23 KOs) in round six at the Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut.
Rodriguez, who fought Austin Trout last year for the junior middleweight title, tested Tahdooahnippah in the first round. His sharp jab landed consistently. Tahdooahnippah found the target with a pretty good right hand. Rodriguez, the busier fighter, hooked to the body.
In round two, Tahdooahnippah connected with a another right hand. Rodriguez dug to the body and head. Most of the action was taking place in the center of the ring. Rodriguez landed two heavy right hands that hurt Tahdooahnippah. Seeing that his opponent was in big trouble, Rodriguez pounced. His right hand was zeroed in and couldn’t miss. A furious combination sent Tahdooahnippah staggering to the ropes. Rodriguez landed another shot at the bell.
A miscommunication by Tahdooahnippah’s corner almost resulted in the premature stoppage of the bout. Referee Eddie Cotton initially waved the contest off, but then reversed himself after Tahdooahnippah’s trainer explained what had happened.
Rodriguez attacked early and often in round three. Tahdoohnippah, 34, and very game, fired his jab. The punch landed, but didn’t deter the faster Rodriguez. A jab to the body and right to the head stung Tahddhnippah. His body sagged, but he wouldn’t go down. Rodriguez uncorked another combination that connected.
In round four, Tahdoohnippah showed some life. A right hand found the target. A left hook found paydirt. Rodriguez shook his head. Two jabs and a right snapped Tahdoohnippah’s noggin back. A body shot earned a warning from referee Eddie Cotton. The shot was legal.
The doctor inspected Tahdoohnippah before the bell to start round five. Rodriguez had easily won the first four rounds. There was no quit in the "Coamanche Boy.
Rodriguez worked behind his jab in round five. A sharp combination stung Tahdoohnippah. Two more hard right hands found the mark.
In round six, Rodriguez went back to the body. Tahdoohinippah continued to absorb some heavy punishment. Rodriguez, 32, landed a half dozen right hands that shook Tahdoohinippah from head to toe. The proud warrior staggered into the ropes, almost defenseless. Referee Eddie Cotton jumped in after one more right hand punctuated the onslaught.
The time was 2:41 seconds of round six.
“The fans loved it and I loved it," said Rodriguez moments after the fight ended. “I always want the fans to be happy."