Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez is the youngest active boxing world champion. He is the current WBC World Super Flyweight Champion and will defend his title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. However, he may not have the biggest name in the game in his ring.
The youngest boxing world champion may not be the biggest name in the game, but he does have a big claim to fame. He was given the nickname “Bam” for his speed in the weight class. In fact, he is arguably the fastest boxer in the world and he is known for his close-range fighting.
At 22 years old, the young Mexican is not only the youngest boxing world champion but also one of the youngest to be a World champion in a weight class. Previously, he was an underdog. Having started in the professional ranks at age 15, he had a rough first half of his career, but he has been on the rise ever since. His record stands at 15-0 and he has won eleven KOs.
Aside from his record, Rodriguez is also known for his footwork. While many of his opponents were able to out-box him, he has also won his share of close-range contests.
Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez is a former TV producer for MSNBC, where he was a producer of the The Dylan Ratigan Show. However, his real passion is boxing. He spent most of his life working on his game. He began his career with the Miami WSVN-TV. During his time there, he covered countless hurricanes. Later on, he became an Assignment Editor at NBC News.
Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez fought his first super-flyweight fight in February. He stepped in to replace Carlos Cuadras, who was ill with a non-COVID illness. Earlier in the year, he ruled out a move to the 115-pound division, but after Cuadras’ withdrawal, he decided to take the plunge.
Interestingly enough, he made the most of the opportunity by becoming the youngest person to win a World title. That is not a surprise, given that he was the most talented of the group. By moving up two weight classes for his first World title fight, he also moved up to twelve rounds. Using his fast paced style and footwork, he was able to score a unanimous decision victory over Cuadras.
He is set to take on Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in June to defend his World title. The fight will be held at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio. On February 5, 2022, he will also face Fernando Diaz to win the WBC USNBC Flyweight Championship. As of the writing of this article, the official numbers on the pay-per-view sales are still to come. But, according to reports, the estimated total payout is $1 million.
For the upcoming fight, he will have a stacked undercard. There will be Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, among others, on the bill. Plus, he will be a part of a stacked main card.