Former national Golden Gloves champion dies two days after bout
November 23, 2009
PHILADELPHIA – A former national Golden Gloves boxing champion died two days after collapsing following a bout in Philadelphia.
Boxing promoter Dominic Pesoli said 25-year-old Francisco Rodriguez died Sunday night after losing a USBA super bantamweight bout against Teon Kennedy on Friday night.
Philadelphia promoter J. Russell Peltz said Rodriguez began to lose consciousness as the Chicago boxer sat in his corner after the fight was stopped in the 10th round.
Pesoli said Rodriguez underwent emergency brain surgery at Hahnemann University Hospital.
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.