Local boxer Nathan “El Morenito” Rodriguez made his U.S. debut on his 18th birthday in his own hometown of Pico Rivera.

Marvnation Promotions hosted a boxing event at Smith Park this past August that included the main event between undefeated featherweight prospect Rodriguez and former WBA Interim and IBO super bantamweight champion, Moises Flores.

Athletic from an early age, Nathan was three when he played for the Bambinos in Pico Boys. He continued to play baseball until his interest waned as he entered high school. He tried other sports, including basketball, even making it on an all-star team. It wasn’t until he followed in his brother’s footsteps that he found boxing to b his calling. He fell in love with the sport, and turned professional at the age of 16. Because of the rules here in the U.S., Nathan could not fight until he was 18. So he began fighting internationally, in Costa Rica and Mexico, earning his reputation and earning a spotless record.

With his birthday approaching, Nathan had wanted to make his professional debut in the U.S., more specifically in the City where he grew up. Naming Smith Park as the boxing venue, Nathan made quite an impression on boxing fans and City residents. His fight was the main event of the night, and fans were ready to cheer him on. Within two minutes after the first bell rang, Nathan did not disappoint. Lasting only 2:11, Nathan ended the fight with a knockout victory over Moises Flores. This improved Rodriguez’s record to 9-0, with 7 knockouts, and made a lasting impression on everyone in attendance and watching on the livestream.

Congratulation Nathan! Good luck on your fighting career.

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