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ESPN Deportes analyst Rodriguez goes for glory in rematch with Wolak

The July 15 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights featured an epic bout between junior middleweights Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak, one of the all-time great battles in the history of the series. (See the entire bout by clicking the WatchESPN player.)

The fight was so good that ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic reaired it the following week, making it the first non-regularly scheduled reair for Friday Night Fights. The bout, which ended in a majority draw, could be considered a potential “Fight Of The Year.”

Afterward, Rodriguez — who doubles as an ESPN Deportes boxing analyst — told Front Row all about it.

This Saturday night, the two will meet again on the undercard of the much anticipated Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) versus Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) junior middleweight title rematch from New York’s Madison Square Garden. The bouts will air on HBO Pay-Per-View.

In the video above, Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) sat down with the Viernes de Combates host and colleague Jose Hernandez and discussed how he’s prepared for the rematch with Wolak, who at the time of the July bout ranked No. 8 in the world in his division.

Rodriguez hopes that a victory over Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) will lead to an opportunity to fight the winner of Margarito-Cotto.

In the video below, see the post-fight interview from Rodriguez and Wolak’s July meeting with FNF commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas.

Wolak suffered severe bruising about his right eye.

Fight coverage: ESPN and ESPN Deportes will have extensive pre and post-fight coverage from MSG with ESPN boxing experts Dan Rafael, Jorge Eduardo Sanchez, Bernardo Osuna, Jaime Motta and the return of World Champion Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez to Golpe a Golpe after his big and controversial fight against Manny Pacquiao. Marquez will be providing analysis throughout ESPN Deportes’ coverage of the Margarito-Cotto fight.

On Friday, SportsCenter will have coverage from the Margarito-Cotto weigh-in during the 6 p.m. ET hour as well as extensive pre- and post-fight coverage on Saturday. ESPN Deportes will also have a special Golpe a Golpe to cover Friday’s weigh-in as well as post-fight analysis.

ESPN.com boxing writer Rafael breaks down the entire boxing card in the video below.

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