Totowa, NJ: Main Events has joined forces with Zagarino Promotions in a co-promotional deal for super welterweight prospect "Sugar" LeShawn Rodriguez. Rodriguez had an impressive amateur career and is set to make his professional debut March 18 against Jose Cortes at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As an amateur, LeShawn was two-time a USA Boxing National Champion in 2013 and 2014 of the Men's Elite Division, which does not use headgear. He was the 2012 NY Golden Gloves Open Middleweight Champion and 2014 NY Golden Gloves Open Middleweight Champion. He was a 2012 National Golden Gloves Finalist. In 2013, Sugar took home the Bronze Medal at the AIBA World American Continental Championships. He was also chosen as an alternate for the 2016 Olympic Team.
The 22-year old Rodriguez is originally from Coram, New York and now resides in Fort Jefferson Station, New York. When asked about the signing he said, "I feel very fortunate that both Main Events and Zagarino Promotions recognize my world class potential. My team and I are determined not to disappoint. Branding my boxing name with 'Sugar' and its historic past is a symbol of our commitment and confidence."
He is managed by Patrick Zagarino, who added, "'Sugar' LeShawn Rodriguez is a future superstar. This blue chip fighter has all the tools for greatness. We look forward to displaying his God-given talents and grateful that both Main Events and Zagarino Promotions share our opinion."
Michael Zagarino, of Zagarino Promotions, the co-promoter of Rodriguez (and brother of Patrick) is excited about the prospect's upcoming professional career. He said, "Zagarino Promotions takes great pride in co-promoting this boxing legend-in-the-making with Main Events. 'Sugar' LeShawn Rodriquez will live up to the greatness that his name implies. It is a privilege to bring the entertainment and excitement to the boxing fans that this athlete delivers. Get ready for greatness."
Main Events' CEO, Kathy Duva, echoed that enthusiasm when she added, "I was very impressed with LeShawn, his team, and Zagarino Promotions. With such an impressive amateur career, I can't wait to see what LeShawn can do as a pro! We're looking to start him off in the super welterweight division. I think he's going to a force to be reckoned with at 154 lbs."