Jesse Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Betting: Will Rodriguez successfully defend his title in his hometown?

Eddie Griffin

Fri Jun 24 2022

Jesse Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Betting: Will Rodriguez successfully defend his title in his hometown? cover

The WBC super flyweight title is the prize at stake on Saturday night in San Antonio, as San Antonio’s own Jesse Rodriguez will defend his title against former champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at Tech Port Arena.

This will be the 22-year-old’s first title defense, after he beat Carlos Cuadras in Phoenix in February to win the crown, which had been vacant.

His first defense will come against a very experienced fighter in Rungvisai, who has held both the WBC and The Ring super flyweight titles. While this will be Rodriguez’s 16th professional bout, it will be the 57th for Rungvisai.

Will the current champ retain his belt in front of a home crowd? Or will the former champ upset the odds in San Antonio?

Jesse Rodriguez vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai Betting Odds and Fight Information

Fight Information

  • Matchup: Jesse Rodriguez (15-0-0, current WBC super flyweight champion) vs. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (50-5-1)
  • Venue & Location: Tech Port Arena (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
  • Start Time: The main card is set to start at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local time), and the main event should get underway sometime after 11 p.m. ET (10 p.m. local time).

Rodriguez vs. Rungvisai Odds

Fight odds are via Caesars Sportsbook. Odds from our other top reviewed and recommended sportsbooks may also be included in this article.

Moneyline (2-Way)

  • Jesse Rodriguez -550
  • Srisaket Sor Rungvisai +400

Moneyline (3-Way)

  • Rodriguez to win -410
  • Draw +1800
  • Rungvisai to win +350

Total Rounds Over/Under

  • Over 10.5 Rounds (-270)
  • Under 10.5 Rounds (+205)

Will the Fight Go the Distance?

  • Yes -220
  • No +170

Rodriguez Puts Perfect Record on the Line in Hometown

When he was last in the ring, Rodriguez saw off Cuadras via unanimous decision at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on February 5 of this year, with the scorecards reading 117-110, 117-110, and 115-112 in his favor.

For much of his professional career, which is already more than five years old, Rodriguez has been a specialist in delivering via knockout. He wasn’t able to score his 11th knockout win in his bout against Cuadras, but the fight turned in part to him sending his opponent to the canvas in the third round.

It was an especially impressive victory for Rodriguez for multiple reasons.

He had been scheduled for a flyweight bout with Fernando Diaz but had to jump two weight classes to replace Rungvisai, who fell ill days before the fight.

It was also his first scheduled 12-round fight, when none of his fights had ever gone further than eight rounds. But instead of fading as the fight wore on, he only got better and controlled the fight after Cuadras held an early advantage.

Can Rungvisai Pull the Upset?

This bout will be Rungvisai’s first in the United States since he lost the WBC and The Ring super flyweight belts to Juan Francisco Estrada at The Forum in Inglewood, California on April 26, 2019.

Since losing his titles to Estrada, who remains the WBA and The Ring super flyweight champion, has fought and won three times in his home country of Thailand.

There is a bit of rust to shake off for Rungvisai, who hasn’t fought since defeating compatriot Kwanthai Sithmorseng in March of last year.

But he won’t be short on motivation for this bout. Falling ill before his scheduled bout against Cuadras robbed him of the opportunity to regain his WBC belt and potentially set the stage for a third showdown with Estrada.

Like Rodriguez, Rungvisai has lived mostly be the knockout in his professional career, which dates back to 2009. Of his 50 career wins, 43 have come via KO or TKO.

In The Ring’s super flyweight rankings, Rungvisai is ranked second behind Estrada, while he is the third-ranked fighter in TBRB’s 115-pound rankings behind Estrada and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, who he has beaten twice previously.

So, if he can upset one of the division’s young stars and reclaim the WBC belt, he will likely be in line for a big fight.

Is Rodriguez the Best Bet for the Belt?

Similarly, a win over Rungvisai would mean big things for Rodriguez, whether he opts to focus on the 112-pound flyweight division or try to tackle the biggest names in the super flyweight division after showing his potential against first Cuadras and then Rungvisai.

That Rodriguez is a pretty heavy favorite in this fight should tell you all you need to know about which side you should back in this matchup. He dominated Cuadras after taking his first-ever super flyweight fight on very short notice, which highlights his potential to be a force in the division for years to come.

It remains to be seen whether his next bout will come against Estrada, Chocolatito, or one of the top fighters in the 112-pound division such as IBF champ Sunny Edwards or WBC champ Julio Cesar Martinez.

But he will have no shortage of options after taking care of business in his hometown on Saturday night.

Rungvisai’s only two KO/TKO losses came in his first two professional fights back in 2009, so Rodriguez is likely to have to go the distance with him as he did with Cuadras. But as he showed in that fight, he has what it takes to own and outclass his opponent over the course of a dozen rounds.

Rodriguez vs. Rungvisai Prediction: Rodriguez to win via decision

Rodriguez vs. Rungvisai Betting Tip: Rodriguez to win via points or decision (-135 at FanDuel)

Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

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