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Francisco Rodriguez Jr. continues his jr. bantamweight campaign


Former world 105-pound titleholder Francisco Rodriguez Jr. has done well thus far in a new weight class.

He hopes to continue his winning ways towards a world title belt tonight, June 3, when he faces Hector Gusman in a 12-round junior bantamweight bout at the Arena Oasis in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. (The fight will air on Televisa in Mexico.)

In his last bout on Feb. 4, Rodriguez (22-4-1, with 14 knockouts) dropped Hajime Nagai twice in Round 2 en route to a fifth-round technical decision. The Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico resident has won his last four bouts.

Rodriguez has fought as a junior bantamweight (weight limit of 115 pounds) in his last four bouts, but is ranked No. 3 by the WBC and No. 4 by the WBO at flyweight (112 pounds).

Gusman (15-3, with 9 KOs) last fought on May 12, losing a 10-round unanimous decision to unbeaten Juan Jose Jurado. The Argentine has lost three of his last four bouts.

Junior welterweight veteran Ivan Cano (25-8-2, with 15 KOs) squares off against Ricardo Gutierrez (10-11, with 6 KOs) in an eight round bout.

Fringe lightweight contender Francisco Rojo (19-2, with 12 KOs), who is ranked No. 8 by the WBC, will face Jesus Miguel Velazco in an eight-round bout.

Flyweight Jacky Calvo (10-2-1, with 1 KO) faces Yesenia Gomez (13-4-1, with 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

Elias Emigdio (1-0), who represented Mexico in the 2016 Olympic Games, will face Uriel Soto (0-1) in a four-round bantamweight bout.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper,, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing