Rodriguez and Wolak put on an amazing display (Photo by Ed Diller, Star Boxing).
Friday Night Fights Highlighted by Incredible Main Event
In what was about as entertaining and action-packed of a fight possible, Pawel Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) battled to a majority draw in the main event of a Friday Night Fights show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday evening. The pressure was constant from Wolak, who suffered a massive hematoma over his right eye in the bout, but Rodriguez stood tough and scrapped the whole way with his Polish counterpart before the judges revealed a 97-93 count in his favor to go with a pair of 95-95 tallies.
The atmosphere was pretty electric in the uptown Manhattan club, with a decisive split between supporters of each of the competitors. In the ring, Wolak applied pressure from the opening bell while Rodriguez looked to establish range by means of his four-inch height advantage. However, Wolak allowed him little breathing room throughout the 10 rounds of the non-stop scrap, which literally had next to no breaks in the action. He stayed in constant pursuit of his Dominican counterpart, and frames consistently ended in furious exchanges, much to the appreciation of the capacity audience.
When Rodriguez was able to unload some well plotted combinations on Wolak, the Polish junior middleweight only seemed to smile and ask for more. Even when both fighters began to show some signs of damage around the midway point of the bout, neither one backed down from confrontation in the slightest bit. The pace of the action was absolutely unreal, and everyone in attendance knew they were being treated to boxing at its best.
In the seventh round of this main event, Rodriguez began to show slight signs of tiring, although it did not alter his work rate. At this point, immense swelling was showing around the right eye of Wolak, and his vision started to drastically deteriorate in that eye. Rodriguez intelligently began to key on that damage, landing a series of left hooks that only intensified the problem for his opponent. Although the eye looked unbelievably grotesque as the battle continued, the ringside doctors did allow the courageous Wolak to finish the fight after closely examining in between frames.
When the bell rang for the 10th and final round, the action started as if it was the opening frame. Wolak continued to apply pressure despite fighting with just one eye, but Rodriguez did find better luck in unloaded some combination work as a result of the advantage. When the last 30 seconds of this absolute scrap arrived, both fighters began a furious exchange of blows that did not slow at all until the final bell stopped this amazing encounter.
Although it was not the result many would have hoped after such an incredible bout, a majority draw would then emerge as the final decision.