On Saturday night at the Gimnasio Los Campeones in Garupa, Misiones, Argentina, Brazilian middleweight Rocky Junior improved to 10-0 with 5 KOs by knocking out Obera, Misiones super middleweight Hugo Ricardo "Dani" Rodriguez in the 4th round of a scheduled 8-rounder.
Rocky had weighed in at the middleweight limit of 160 for the bout while the journeyman Rodriguez weighed in at 166 1/2.
The 39-year-old "Brazilian Stallion", a Sylvester Stallone look-alike, was born Jose Cleverton de Melo, Jr. on May 2nd, 1971 in Maceio, Alagoas, Brazil. He did not turn professional until 2004. He has not fought that often but when he does he often picks up memorabilia for his trophy cabinet. Rocky won the Sao Paulo State middleweight title in 2007, the Mercosur junior middleweight title later that year, and the WBC's Mundo Hispano super welterweight championship in 2008. He was inactive in 2009 but returned to the ring this past January and is 3-0 in 2010, fighting exclusively as a middleweight.
Rodriguez, 34, a pro since 1997, has not been as fortunate. His career slate now reads 7 wins, 11 losses, and 2 draws with 3 of his wins coming by knockout. He retired in 2005 but returned to action in April. Over the years, he's faced and lost to a number of world-class opponents including Hugo Hernan Garay, who would go on to win the WBA light heavyweight title, and Hector Javier Velazco, the former WBO middleweight champ.