El Paso native and Coronado High School graduate David Rodriguez, 33-0 with 31 knockouts and ranked #12 in the WBA, has left his longtime promoter Bob Spagnola of Houston and trainer Louie Burke.
"I want to fight in El Paso, not in Mexico," Rodriguez said. "Fighting in Mexico was no longer in my best interest. El Paso deserves a heavyweight fight -- especially of the magnitude I can bring. I had to break from a team I've been with for 12 years. I know some feelings were hurt. But, like I said, this is a business."
Rodriguez will now promote himself with Zeferino Ramirez and his father David Rodriguez Sr. as co-promoters.
"Boxing is a business and I had a decision to make," the undefeated El Paso heavyweight said. "Ultimately, I had to take my career into my own hands.
"I'm excited. I really am. I hope El Paso is excited because heavyweight boxing is hitting El Paso and it's at a world class level and I'm just glad I can bring it here."
Rodriguez has scheduled his next fight for February 18th at the El Paso County Coliseum.