Local boxer Nathan “El Morenito” Rodriguez made his United States debut on his 18th birthday in his hometown of Pico Rivera last summer. With a bout ending in the first round, he made a lasting impression on everyone who witnessed the event as he improved his record to 9 and 0.

His spotless record carried on from his hometown fight held at Smith Park when he fought Jerson Ortiz in November. During that bout, Rodriguez won by unanimous decision, continuing with his undefeated record of 10 and 0.

Fast forward to May 6, 2023, when Nathan would defend his undefeated record on a bigger stage as he joined the Canelo Álvarez undercard at Estadio Akron in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Nathan started training camp with Team Canelo through new trainer Eddie Reynoso back in April and was officially announced on the Canelo Alvarez vs. John Ryder undercard soon after. Nathan’s opponent would be Alexander Mejia from Nicaragua in a 10-round boxing match. This would be Nathan’s first scheduled 10-round fight. Both fighters went the distance, but ultimately Nathan “El Morenito” Rodriguez out fought Mejia with a win by unanimous decision, improving his undefeated record to 11 and 0.

It was a huge win in front of a huge crowd for “El Morenito”. That crowd extended back here to Pico Rivera, where he received support from residents, along with teachers and students from his former schools supporting him online.

Nathan has always been an athletic person since the young age of three when he played for the Pico Boys on the Bambinos. He continued playing 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 in becoming a boxer that he found his calling. He fell in love with the sport and turned professional at the age of 16.

With each passing fight, Nathan has proven to be a top prospect in the professional boxing world. Congratulations, Nathan, on your latest victory! Good luck as you continue with your fighting career.

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