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Saturday night, under the bright lights of HBO, Terence Crawford will defend his WBO world championship title for the first time again Dierry Jean.
Early on in the evening, another star will look to steal the spotlight and luckily for fans, they can catch his performance on the Top Rank live stream.
Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (10-0, 9 KOs) from Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, started boxing at the age of seven. By the time he was 10 years old he was ranked No. 1 in the country as an amateur.
He was invited to spar with Manny Pacquiao for the rematch with Timothy Bradley, signed with Top Rank, and is now a highly-touted undefeated prospect, all before the age of 20.
Saturday night’s fight comes four days before his 21st birthday, and Rodriguez says he’s more than ready to showcase his skills on the big stage.
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered”]“I just can’t wait to be able to showcase my talent on a worldwide level. I’ve trained my whole life for those superstar moments, and I’m very anxious because I feel like they’re in arms reach. Although I’m anxious to be on the big stage as quick as possible, Top Rank has big plans for me and the best thing for me to do is to progress at a pace they feel is best for my career. My trust is 100 percent in Top Rank.” – Julian Rodriguez[/otw_shortcode_quote]
The live stream undercard of Crawford vs. Jean from Omaha, Nebraska will be available at TopRank.TV starting at 7:30, PST. Rodriguez will be facing Alvaro Ortiz (7-4, 5 KOs).