Jesse Rodriguez-Cristian Gonzalez WBC Flyweight Title Fight Targeted for March 2023

A date and location has yet to be confirmed.

Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez could be in for another busy year as he eyes a second divisional title in the first quarter of the new year.

WBO in its annual convention formally ordered the fight between Rodriguez and Mexico’s Cristian Gonzalez for the WBO flyweight title. And it is reported that the two camps have reached an agreement.

Rodriguez, jointly promoted by Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn and Teiken Promotions, has proposed a targeted time frame of March for the bout. The deal has progressed to the point that Felix ‘Tutico’ Zabala Jr’s All-Star Boxing on behalf of Gonzalez seems to be content with a placed deal.

Rodriguez (17-0, 11KOs) spent most of his time fighting in the junior bantamweight division in 2022. The San Antonio native enjoyed a fair bit of success at 115 when claimed the vacant WBC 115-pound title with a twelve-round win over former champ Carlos Cuadras on February 5 in Phoenix, Arizona.

In June, he recorded the biggest win of his career so far when he stopped the former two-division champ, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai inside the eighth round.

The ‘Bam’ returned to the ring less than three months later and outscored Israel Gonzalez over twelve rounds on the undercard of the Canelo-Golvokin Trilogy.

Gonzalez is also no short of confidence as the Mexican is on a 9-win streak since losing out a split decision to Angel Ayala Lardizabal in May 2019.

No definite location or date is yet to be confirmed but it is expected to land on a Matchroom Boxing-promoted DAZN show next year.

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