At 25, Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 12 KOs) looms as one of the next elite fighters in the super middleweight division, where such stars as Andre Ward, Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler are waiting.
But the story of this Dominican-born fighter, who now trains in Worcester, Mass., is much deeper. In 2006 he and his then-fiance Stephanie became parents of twins who were born after just 23 weeks in the womb and weighed a pound and a half. Rodriguez, a two-time national amateur champ and a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic Team, basically put those dreams on hold to focus on his family. The babies spent seven months in the hospital on oxygen, and are afflicted with cerebral palsey and autism.
Their struggle, and the challenges faced by Edwin and Stephanie, produced some of the most-compelling conversation we've ever had on The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy this unique interview from our March 20, 2011 show.