“Alacran” Perez Wins Again & Saul “Kid Dinamita’ Rodriguez Gets “W”
In another junior lightweight clash Riverside’s Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez (10-0-1, 7 Kos) met Lynwood’s Dominic Coca (8-4, 3 Kos) in a bout set for six rounds.
Coca had been out of the game for about six years until he fought this past May against Leon Spinks III. He lost the fight but was able to shake some of the rust out in San Diego. At one time Coca was a prospect like Rodriguez. Where did all the time go?
Rodriguez showed what his mentor WBO featherweight titlist Mikey Garcia has tutored him for two years: patience pays off. The deliberate tactics by Riverside’s Rodriguez behind a steady jab and some counters finally opened up Coca’s defense at the end of the first round.
“Sparring with Mikey helped me a lot for this fight,” said Rodriguez who is a stable mate with the champion in Riverside. They go to Oxnard occasionally to spar or Oxnard goes to Riverside. “He’s always telling me to be patient.”