September 30, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former national Golden Gloves boxing champ
has died after a bout in Philadelphia.
Boxing promoter Dominic Pesoli says Francisco Rodriguez died Sunday night after losing a USBA super bantamweight bout Friday night against Teon Kennedy.
Philadelphia promoter J. Russell Peltz says Rodriguez began to lose consciousness as the Chicago boxer sat in his corner after the fight was stopped in the 10th round. Rodriguez, 25, was taken to a hospital and underwent emergency surgery.
Rodriguez was 14-2 going into the bout against Kennedy for the vacant USBA super bantamweight title. Rodriguez was a national Golden Gloves champion in 2001.
Pesoli, president of 8 Count Productions, says a fund is being set up for Rodriguez's wife and infant daughter.
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