21-0, that was Rodel Mayol’s record early part on his career he was destined to be a champion the road he has taken has been cleared from all the distractions that barred Rodel from a title he was more than tested having fought mostly foreign fighters and have dominated most of his fights by knockout. He was not rushed to a championship match and he was the perfect fruit that was taken rightfully when he was ripe and ready for a belt. Ernesto Rubillar fought gallantly against Mayol but failed and when it was time for Mayol to fight for a belt he went for an eliminator fight just to be fully ready against the champion Eagle Kyowa. But when it was his time to fight Kyowa the champion outpointed him by moving and boxing technically against a raging Mayol. That was his first setback and strings of losses followed after. He fought Ulises Solis for the IBF title with a short notice and had to fight with less food and a malnourished body because of promotional issues but still caught Solis with some good shots but failed to finish him in which Solis returned the favor sending Mayol to the canvass in the eighth round.
Last Saturday it was Rodel Mayol’s fifth crack of the elusive world title. His first setback gave him the experienced of fighting a technical fighter, Ulisses Solis showed him how to deal with a power puncher and the fight with Ivan Calderon wherein he salvage a draw and lost to a technical decision on their rematch gave him the experienced on how to deal with speed and footwork. It was all part of the blue print of being a champion. Unfortunately Edgar Sosa got the end of the beating. Rodel disposed Sosa with only two rounds he knew this was his last chance. He knew he can match Sosa’s speed, power and intensity if he failed to win this time then I think he might call it a career.
It took 4 losses with two of those losses by knockout for Rodel Mayol to earn a belt. There are no bed of roses the road we take and the path we chose has always has a corresponding consequence. For Rodel for every setback, for months being inactive and for all the frustrations it was all worth it because that’s what it has to take for being a true champion.