4'11" junior flyweight Wendy Rodriguez (b. 1 January 1979) is trained by Victor Hernandez at the
L.A. Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, California. Wendy's boxing skills and smooth moves in the ring more
than compensate for her small size, and she has proven a tricky and frustrating opponent for the
best in the world at her weight.
Wendy had six amateur bouts before turning pro.
On September 6, 1998 in the finals of the open 106-lb division of the
Blue and Gold Tournament in Baldwin Park, California,
Wendy dropped a 3-2 decision to then national
champion Linda Carrillo of South El Monte, California.
Wendy made her pro debut on May 14, 1999 at the Pechanga Center in Temecula, California,
taking a clear four-round unanimous decision over Lisa Butler of Leonard, Texas.
On June 4, 1999, again at the Pechanga Center, she
defeated Canadian southpaw and national amateur silver medalist
Tracey Stevens by a four-round unanimous decision.
On November 14, 1999 at the Convention Center in Sacramento, California,
1999 National Golden Gloves Champion
Yvonne Caples (103 lbs) of Berkeley,
California won a four round unanimous decision over Wendy (106 lbs)
in a private event for a state police officers association. Caples, who won
by a 40-36 margin on all three scorecards, moved her pro record to 2-0.
On February 25, 2000 at the Music Hall in Austin, Texas
she fought a ten-rounder with Austin's own Anissa Zamarron
for the IBA junior flyweight title. This fight was declared a draw so the
title remained vacant. Zamarron's record moved to 12-8-1, while Rodriguez
had hung tough over a full ten against a tough veteran who has
battled Regina Halmich and Jolene Blackshear. Anissa said she was
"really shocked" by the decision and felt that she had done everything she
needed to win, but we've heard that it was a good fight in which Wendy
Rodriguez acquitted herself well against an experienced opponent.
On August 14, 2000 at the Key Club in Hollywood, California,
Wendy weighed in at 112 lbs and won a six-round unanimous
decision over Nadine Salim (115 lbs) of Palm Springs, California.
Wendy battles Canada's unbeaten Margaret Sidoroff
© Copyrighted photo taken by Sandy Goldberg
On October 28, 2000 at Miccosukee Indian Gaming in Miami, Florida,
the IBA Junior Flyweight title went unclaimed when undefeated
IFBA/IWBF Flyweight champion Margaret Sidoroff
(108 lbs) from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and
Wendy (also 108 lbs) fought to a 10-round draw.
The scorecards were 95-95, 96-94 Rodriguez, and 96-94 Sidoroff.
The smaller Rodriguez countered Sidoroff's size
and experience edge by tying her up and backpedalling in the early rounds,
then finished strongly in the last three rounds to keep it close.
Sidoroff moved her pro record to 8-0-1. Rodriguez was now 3-1-2 and
had made a big noise to the women's boxing community by matching her
boxing skills to Sidoroff's insuch a close fight.
On March 5, 2001 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, a
standing room only crowd saw Wendy score a second-round TKO of Long Beach City
College student Connie Louis, who was making her pro debut. Louis retired after
the second round on the advice of her corner after absorbing a stream of
combinations and overhand rights to the head.
On April 26, 2001 at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California,
Wendy Rodriguez (112½ lbs) fought Marilyn Salcido (114½ lbs)
of Rialto, California to a draw. Salcido moved her record to 2-2-1.
On May 11, 2001 at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California,
Wendy won a four-round decision over Luz Rodriguez of Mexicali, Mexico,
who was making her pro debut.
On July 20, 2001 at Crystal Park Casino in Compton, California,
Wendy (111 lbs) won a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-37,39-37) decision
over Sue Godwin (114 lbs) who fell to 0-2. Godwin started well in the first
round but then spent the next three trying to tie Rodriguez up.
Laila Ali who was at ringside and rooting for Rodriguez kept screaming
"Yeah sister!" whenever Wendy landed good combinations.
On September 27, 2001 at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California, Wendy battled to a six-round majority decision
over Luz Rodriguez in a rematch of their May 11 bout. Luz Rodriguez was busier in the opening round but Wendy controlled
the rest of the fight with slick combinations and counterpunching. Luz Rodriguez was upset by the decision and said she
thought she had done enough to win. Luz Rodriguez fell to 1-2-0 (1 KO).
Wendy fights Delia Gonzalez in Las Vegas
© Copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen
On April 27, 2002 in an outdoor ring at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wendy (110 lbs) advanced
to 8-1-3 (1 KO) with a six-round (57-57,58-56,59-55) majority decision over Delia Gonzalez
(108½ lbs) of Chamberino, New Mexico, who dropped to 11-7-4 (3 KO). The taller and more experienced Gonzalez tried
to keep Rodriguez away with her jab while Rodriguez wanted to work inside to bang the veteran's body. Rodriguez was more
successful in the second and third rounds while Gonzalez looked stronger and landed well in the fifth and sixth. Many at
ringside were unhappy with the judges' decision for Rodriguez after what was a close technical fight between two very
On July 25, 2002 at Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California, Wendy won a six-round unanimous
(60-54,59-55,59-55) decision over Yumi Takano of Tokyo, Japan. Rodriguez and Takano both began
aggressively with Rodriguez getting the better of brisk exchanges in the opening round. Rodriguez went on to frustrate
Takano with her ring skills and lateral movement for the next four rounds, as she has done against quality opponents so
often before. Takano landed a few solid shots but took many more in return. Takano tried to pressure Rodriguez hard to
rescue the bout in the sixth, but Rodriquez had paced herself well and had enough left to stand in and goe toe to toe with
her. Both received a standing ovation at the final bell. Takano dropped to 9-5 in bouts reported to WBP (this may be only
a partial record for her, as I haven't heard about other fights since her August 5, 2000 IFBA title fight with Kim
On March 13, 2003 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida,
Patricia Martinez (107 lbs) of Miami won a six-round
unanimous (58-56,59-55,60-54) decision over Wendy (108½ lbs). Martinez outworked and out-aggressed the durable and elusive Rodriguez on the
way to a win that re-establishes her as a legitimate world junior flyweight contender. Martinez advanced to 11-1-0 (4 KO)
while Rodriguez fell to 9-2-3 (1 KO).
On May 22, 2003 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, Wendy (105 lbs) won a six-round split (58-56,58-56,56-58)
decision over former WIBF European flyweight
champion Anastasia Toktaulova (105 lbs) of Moscow, Russia, now fighting out of Las Vegas. Rodriguez was more
aggressive and landed well with her right throughout the bout. Toktaulova fell to 9-7 (0 KO) with the loss.
On August 28, 2003 at the Marriott in Irvine, California, Wendy won the vacant IFBA Junior Flyweight title with a
ten-round majority (98-92,96-94,95-95) decision in a rematch with
Anastasia Toktaulova. Rodriguez's always elusive style was matched by Toktaulova in the
early going, making for a defensive bout with relatively little landing. Toktaulova caught Rodriguez with a hard
shot in the sixth and both stepped up the pace in the later rounds. Rodriguez was generally more accurate and busier
against the taller Russian. Rodriguez said she felt she deserved the win because she had given Toktaulova a "boxing
lesson". Rodriguez improved to 11-2-3 (1 KO) with this win while Toktaulova fell to 10-8-0 (1 KO).
On December 18, 2003 at the Marriott in Irvine, California, Wendy stopped Tracey Stevens of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada by
TKO at 1:30 in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder. After a feeling-out round, Rodriguez began to unload
on Stevens in the second, following her jab with power shots to Stevens's head and body. Stevens, although an
experienced amateur and pro competitor, turned away from Rodriguez after a hard shot to her face and was quickly
pinned on the ropes while Rodriguez cut loose with a barrage of solid head and body punches that left Stevens stunned and
unable to respond or protect herself against Rodriguez's attack, bringing the referee in to stop the bout.
Rodriguez advanced to 12-2-3 (2 KO) while Stevens fell to 5-7-0 (1 KO) with her third straight loss by a second-round
Wendy battles Anissa Zamarron for the NABA title in 2004
© Copyrighted photo
by J & P Photographers
- Patricia Butaud and Janis Guidry.
On May 22, 2004 at Grand Casino Coushatta, in Kinder, Louisiana, Wendy (106 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous
(98-92,96-94,97-93) decision over
WIBF Strawweight champion Anissa Zamarron (108 lbs) of Austin, Texas for the vacant NABA Junior Flyweight title.
Rodriguez was busier and outworked Zamarron, although the action went back and forth in a hard fought
bout. Zamarron started well and had Rodriguez looking confused in the opening round but Rodriguez began to
find the mark in the second and third rounds with hard short hooks.
Rodriguez won the middle rounds with an effective stick and move style, landing effective
combinations when she was in close. Zamarron caught Rodriguez against the ropes at times
but Wendy finished stronger in the late going.
Wendy improved to 13-2-3 (2 KO) with the win while the veteran Zamarron fell to 16-12-2 (5 KO).
(See also Photo/MPEG
Gallery #170 on the WBAN Records Member Site.)
On August 21, 2004 at the Paragon Casino and Resort in Marksville, Louisiana,
Wendy (105 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-92, 97-93,96-94) decision over
undefeated Yahaira Martinez (105 lbs) of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in defense of
her NABA Women's Light Flyweight title. Martinez, who is trained by Freddy
Trinidad, fell to 5-1 (3 KO's). Rodriguez improved to 14-2-3. (See also
Gallery #195 and MPEG Gallery #196 on the WBAN Records Member Site.)
On November 5, 2004 the IFBA
announced that they had vacated the Junior Flyweight title held by Wendy for
failure to defend.
On March 12, 2005 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana
Wendy retained her NABAW Junior Flyweight world title with a ten-round unanimous
(99-91,99-91,99-91) decision over Anissa Zamarron of
Austin, Texas. Rodriguez consistenty beat Zamarron to the punch and landed heavy
right counters for which Zamarron had no answer. Rodriguez had Zamarron in
trouble in the fifth with a series of solid rights to the head, then delivered a
hard right to her nose and a rugged right-left combination with Zamarron against
the ropes. "My plan was to go in and rush her," Rodriguez said. "Once
I got pressure on her, she couldn't do anything." Zamarron ended the bout
red-faced and bruised while Rodriguez was apparently fresh and unmarked.
Rodriguez improved her record to 15-2-3 (2 KO) with the win while Zamarron fell
16-14-2 (5 KO).
On October 8, 2005 in an outdoor
amphitheater at Harrah's in Laughlin, Nevada, Wendy (105 lbs) won an
eight-round unanimous (80-72,77-75,79-73)
decision over Yvonne Caples (105
lbs) of Berkeley, California in the Main Event. There were no knockdowns.
Wendy battles Carina Moreno
© Copyrighted photograph taken by J & P
On January 21, 2006 at
Coushatta Casino Resort in
Kinder, Louisiana Wendy (105¾
lbs) won by a split decision over Carina Moreno
(108¼ lbs) of Watsonville,
California after the scheduled ten-rounder ended in the sixth due to an
accidental head butt that Rodriguez had received. Rodriguez had trouble
with Moreno's reach advantage in this fight, as she had to work her way in past
Moreno's strong jab. After several close rounds, Rodriguez found the way inside
in the fourth and was able to back Moreno up with a strong body attack, but
Moreno came back well in the fifth. After Rodriguez suffered a deep cut
over her right eye, the fight was halted and went to the
scorecards where the tally was 58-56 for Moreno, and 59-55, 58-56 for Rodriguez.
Wendy won the IBA Junior Flyweight title with this decision, and improved her
record to 17-2-3 (2 KO's) while Moreno suffered her first pro loss and
fell to 8-1-0 (3 KO's). For more photos and video of this
bout by J
& P Photography, see WBAN
Photo Gallery #319 on the WBAN Records Member Site.
Also see Photo gallery
#321 by Alan Messick Photography.
On March 15, 2007 at the Ameristar Casino in St.
Charles, Missouri, Hollie Dunaway (107 lbs) of
St.Louis, Missouri won an eight-round unanimous (80-72,80-72,79-73)
decision over Wendy (105½ lbs). (For photos of this
fight by Jim Compton, see Photo Gallery #417
on the WBAN Records Member Site).
he 22-year old Dunaway improved to 19-4-0 (10 KOs)
with one of her most impressive wins, while dropping Rodriguez to 17-3-3 (2 KOs)
On July 28, 2007
at Burg-Wächter-Castello in Dusseldorf, Germany
Regina Halmich of Germany retained her WIBF Flyweight
title with a 10-round unanimous (
98 93, 96-95.) decision over Wendy.
Rodriguez fell to 18-4-3 (3 KOs) while Halmich progressed to
53-1-1 (16 KOs).
Wendy battles Hollie Dunaway in June 2008
© Copyrighted photo by Lori Steinhorst
lbs) won a close and controversial ten-round split (96-94,98-92,94-96)
decision over Hollie Dunaway (104 lbs) of St.Louis
for the vacant IFBA and IBA strawweight world titles.
On June 13, 2008 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Wendy (
Dunaway slipped to 21-7-0 (10 KOs)
while Rodriguez improved to
Wendy was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, majored in Child Development at Cal. State L.A. and plans to
become a teacher. Before she began boxing, she participated in Cross Country/Field and Dance at Roosevelt High School.
Wendy told me that she never liked boxing until she started boxing herself.
"It was always a
guy thing for me", she says "and that was because I had never seen women boxing. When I first got involved with boxing, I
wanted a self defense class, and I wanted to lose weight. As time went by, I began to like its technique. It was something
different for me ... now I see boxing in a whole new way."
Her training starts at 5.30 in the morning with a 35-minute run. After that, she does a couple of sprints. She's in
the gym training from one-and-a-half to two hours, five days a week (six when she knows she has a fight coming, taking her
"It takes a lot of time and commitment when someone becomes a pro boxer", says Wendy.
"I put a lot of dedication to the
sport, because it is something that I like to do, and because my dream is to one day become a world champion."
"It is about time that I got more knockouts on my record", she says, adding that
she began as a brawler when she started boxing, but now "I have more
technique, which makes me a smarter fighter. I definitely want rematches against
the fighters that beat me. Even the fighters that I have
Wendy can be contacted through her manager
Marcus Kowal at
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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