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Edwin Rodriguez wins easy in comeback effort against Augustama

Edwin Rodriguez got back in the ring with a win tonight in California.

Edwin Rodriguez made an official move up to the 175-pound division tonight with a competent but uninspired win over a disinterested Azea Augustama, sweeping two of three cards and somehow losing a round on the third, winning a 10-round decision on scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91.

Rodriguez (25-1, 16 KO) was fighting for the first time since getting picked apart last November by Andre Ward in his first world title shot, and what may be his final fight at 168 pounds. Rodriguez might have been a bit rusty tonight, and also may have been looking to get in rounds as much as anything.

Augustama (17-2, 9 KO) was in survival mode much of the night, too, with the referee even being forced to warn him in the later rounds about "running" and avoiding action. Augustama's corner tried to implore him to mix it up more, even noting that his "next paycheck" would depend on the type of fight he put on, but it was cruise control for Rodriguez.