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Francisco Rodriguez, Boxer Who Won 2001 Golden Gloves, Dies After Bout

Nov 23, 2009 – 6:45 PM
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Tom Herrera

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Francisco Rodriguez, a boxer who won a Golden Gloves championship in 2001, died two days after collapsing following a bout in Philadelphia.

According to boxing promoter Dominic Pesoli, the 25-year-old Rodriguez died Sunday night after losing a USBA super bantamweight bout against Teon Kennedy on Friday night.

Rodriguez underwent emergency brain surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital due to pressure in his brain from bleeding. But doctors listed his condition as extremely critical and determined that he would not recover.

Rodriguez had begun to lose consciousness after the fight was stopped in the 10th round.

Coming into the fight against Kennedy, Rodriguez was 14-2 with eight wins by way of knockout. He is survived by his wife Sonia and 5-month-old daughter Ginette.

Pesoli said a fund is being set up for Rodriguez's wife and infant daughter.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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