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Pawel Wolak vs. Delvin Rodriguez II: Round-by-Round Analysis

By Nick Tywalk

We're two fights into the televised portion of the Cotto-Margarito II undercard at Madison Square Garden. This one is also a rematch and should be a good one, as Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez meet for the second time this year.

The tale of the tape shows that Rodriguez has a three-inch height advantage but just a small edge in reach. Wolak cuts easily and was badly swollen in the first fight but battled through it to earn a draw.

Michael Buffer is in the ring to introduce both fighters. Rodriguez is 25-5-3, while Wolak is 29-1-1. And we're ready for 10 scheduled rounds of boxing in the junior middleweight division.

Round 1

Wolak comes forward and is quickly greeted by Rodriguez's fists. They both jab before Delvin fires two left hooks. Wolak punches through another hook to land his own. Wolak is blocking a lot of punches with his forearms. Wolak lands nasty rights to the body and head. Both fighters try to get untracked on the inside. Wolak tries clubbing overhand rights.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Wolak

Round 2

Rodriguez lands an uppercut and a hook as Wolak comes in. Delvin tries to hold Pawel off along the ropes, and he shortens up his shots. Wolak stays on him as they pivot back out to the center. Rodriguez gets some range and tries to let loose with more uppercuts. Wolak partially blocks two left hooks and keeps coming. Wolak tries an uppercut, but Rodriguez rips some nice head shots right before the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 3

Cotto got the instructions for the main event between rounds here. Rodriguez attempts to get some hooks around Wolak's guard. He lands two uppercuts and follows with a hook that catches Wolak pretty flush. Pawel throws his own uppercut, then they exchange hooks. Wolak goes to the body with both hands. Rodriguez flashes the left hook and the uppercut. Nice action with hooks flying in both directions.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 4

The fighters lean on each other in the middle of the ring. It's the proverbial fight in a phone booth, but neither man can land clean. Wolak appears more comfortable, but Rodriguez crushes him with a pair of uppercuts. Wolak is bleeding, perhaps form the mouth. Delvin's left hook and right uppercut are doing some damage. Wolak is still game, landing to the body and head.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 5

Wolak is a machine: he just keeps coming forward. Rodriguez is being smothered more in this frame. Wolak hits him in the body and mixes in an uppercut. Rodriguez backs away to try to get room for his left hook. Wolak goes with an uppercut and more body shots. Delvin jabs until he gets his head pushed down. Wolak does soe unsuccessful chasing in the closing seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Wolak

Round 6

Harold Lederman has Rodriguez up four rounds to one. Wolak pushes him back to the ropes, continuing to pressure. Both men try to let their hands go at super close range. Rodriguez scores with right and left hooks. Wolak puts his head down so he can connect with body punches. Delvin finally gets a breather and uses it wisely to land two more hooks. Close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 7

Rodriguez attempts to mix up left hooks to the head and body. He's got the uppercut going again too. Wolak protests to the ref about his mouthpiece, and the action halts for a moment. Wolak stalks, and Rodriguez either looks hurt or tired as he has his hands down. Now he goes back to work, but Delvin is retreating more than ever. Wolak absorbs a right hand and a left hook as he tries to resume his body attack.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 8

Lederman gave the last round to Wolak and has Rodriguez up by just a single point. Rodriguez lands the first few telling blows of this round. Wolak needs to get inside again. There are some body shots and a right hand upstairs for Wolak. Both men reach down and rip shots with both hands. Delvin whips out another combo upstairs, then backs away while jabbing. Wolak eats a few more head shots in the closing seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 9

More of a familiar pattern with Wolak trying hard to get inside and Rodriguez trying to keep his distance. Wolak lands a left hook and a right to the head. Rodriguez hasn't been able to do as much clean punching in the first 90 seconds, but he finally gets on track with an eight or nine-punch combination. Wolak misses a series of shots because he's a step too far back. Rodriguez lands left hooks from range. Both men score to the body as the bell sounds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Round 10

Wolak's corner told him he needs a KO to win. That's probably true. CompuBox has him throwing about 300 less punches in this fight than the first one. Rodriguez hits him with right and left hooks. He lands two more rights before Wolak leans all the way in. Delvin is pouring it on, to the delight of the fans. Wolak is getting crushed with uppercuts and hooks. He's surviving this onslaught somehow. Delvin almost left his feet as he threw a huge hook. Rodriguez pauses for a moment before peppering Wolak with both hands. The crowd liked that for sure.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rodriguez

Tylwalk: 98-92 Rodriguez

The judges score it 98-91, 98-92 and 100-90, all to the winner by unanimous decision, Delvin Rodriguez.

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