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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Edwin Rodriguez, Alejandro Perez Score Impressive Stoppages

By Ryan Maquiñana

Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez, who spent the first portion of training camp in San Carlos, won the "Million Dollar Super Four" tournament final in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with a devastating first-round stoppage of Denis Grachev on Saturday. 

Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs), who will receive $600,000 to $400,000 for Grachev (13-2-1, 8 KOs), scored two quick knockdowns and then wailed away on his foe until referee Stanley Christodoulou waved off the contest. Official time was 2:50.  The fight, which was televised by BeIN Sport, propels Rodriguez into the thick of the super middleweight title picture.

Perez made his Top Rank debut a successful one. (Top Rank)

Later on Saturday, Alejandro Perez made his Top Rank promotional debut a successful one as he knocked out veteran Edgar Riovalle in the seventh round at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, Calif. 

Perez (18-3-1, 12 KOs), a junior lightweight from North Salinas, had Riovalle (35-15-2, 25 KOs) down and out after landing a crushing left hook to the body.  Official time was 1:14.  The bout aired on UniMás.

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