Published on May 8th, 2014 | by John Lyons1
Crespa aims to be a knockout success in Mexico
Carolina ‘Crespa’ Rodríguez seeks her second world title when she fights in Ixtapa, Mexico on Saturday.
The 30-year-old already holds the Women’s International Boxing Association’s world bantamweight title, but now wants to add the International Boxing Federation crown.
However, it’s not going to be easy as she will be fighting against title holder Janeth Pérez, who has won 19, drawn two and lost two of her 23 fights.
Rodríguez has won all her 11 fights, but doesn´t have the same level of experience as her 24-year-old Mexican opponent.
However, Rodríguez is confident she will win again – and would love to do it by knockout.
She said: “When you´re fighting away from home, it´s ideal to win by knockout because you know that the judges often favour the home fighter.
“I´m not used to winning by knockout, but I´ve worked on things in training that could help me do that.
“However, the most important thing is to win, however you do it, and I´m confident that I will.”
Rodríguez had been due to meet Argentina´s Carolina Gutiérrez for the World Boxing Organization interim world bantamweight title in Santiago earlier this year, but the bout was called off because of a lack of funds.
The lack of sponsorship and financial support has been a problem for the Chilean, but she´s hoping the fact that the ten-rounder against Pérez will be televised by Fox Sports will help raise her profile.
She added: “I hope that when I return to Chile I can finally attract the interest of private business and the government, and that they realise that what I´m doing is valued everywhere except in my own country.”