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Edwin Rodriguez wins lopsided decision on Golovkin-Rubio undercard


Former super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez got back in the win column with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over Azea Augustama on the Gennady Golovkin-Marco Antonio Rubio undercard on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Rodriguez (25-1, 16 knockouts), who had not fought since dropping a unanimous decision to super middleweight champ Andre Ward last November, was the aggressor throughout the bout and used a body attack to weaken Augustama (17-2, 9 KOs). The New Englander won the 10-round light heavyweight bout by scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.

Abraham Han (23-1, 14 KOs) won an unpopular majority decision over Marcos Reyes (32-2, 24 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight bout.

Junior welterweight prospect Jaime Ocegueda (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped Moris Rodriguez (6-4-1, 3 KOs) in the sixth and final round of their entertaining scrap. Ocegueda, from nearby East Los Angeles, was dropped in Round 5, but scored a knockdown against Rodriguez, of Sacramento, in Round 6. Time of the stoppage was 2:31.

Kazakhastan amateur standout Ruslan Madiyev (1-0) had a successful pro debut by outpointing Oscar Reyes over four rounds. Madiev, a member of Golovkin’s camp who hails from the same hometown as the WBA middleweight titleholder, won by unanimous scores of 40-35. Reyes (0-1), who was also making his pro debut, was dropped in Round 1 but fought gamely throughout the bout.

In the first bout of the card, featherweight Walter Sarnoi (16-4, 10 KOs) outboxed rugged and game Sergio Najera (8-16-2, 2 KOs) to a unanimous decision, despite taking several low blows from the Tijuana journeyman. Sarnoi won by scores of 40-35 (twice) and 39-36.