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Francisco Rodriguez (boxer, born 1984)

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Francisco "Paco" Rodríguez June 15, 1984 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico – November 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was a Mexican professional boxer in the Super Bantamweight division


  • 1 Amateur career
  • 2 Professional career
    • 21 Death
  • 3 Legacy/New Life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Amateur career

Francisco's amateur boxing career included five wins at the regional Chicago Golden Gloves and a win at the 2001 National Golden Gloves Championships

Professional career

Rodríguez became a professional boxer in January 2005 Known as "El Nino Azteca", Rodríguez was a fan favourite, especially in the Chicago, Illinois area


Rodríguez died at the age of 25 after losing a bout against undefeated prospect Teon Kennedy After the match referee stopped the fight in the 10th round, Rodríguez immediately collapsed, losing consciousness while waiting for an official decision He was rushed to a hospital for emergency brain surgery and died 2 days later Rodriguez was 14-2 going into the bout against Kennedy for the vacant USBA Super Bantamweight title

Legacy/New Life

After Paco's death, his family were asked by the Gift of Life donor program to donate his organs, including both kidneys, pancreas, lungs, and his heart Paco was featured on ESPN program E:60, where his brother Alex said, "I would think he'd be disappointed to see all the hard work he did to keep his body in the shape that he kept it, his heart, to let it stop beating I think, we should give someone else a chance" The donations saved several lives including that of Paco's uncle Ramon and Victoria Davis Other recipients included Ashley Owens, Alexis Sloan, and Meagan Kingsley They had the opportunity to meet Paco's family Paco's wife Sonia told them, "it's a shame that he's not here, but what happened didn't happen in vain You guysit was meant to happen, for you guys to receive this gift So, you know, enjoy it to the fullest just like he did when he had it all"


  1. ^ http://sportsespngocom/chicago/news/storyid=4681182
  2. ^ "Autopsy set in death of boxer Francisco Rodriguez" USA Today November 24, 2009 
  3. ^ http://boxingfanhousecom/2009/11/23/francisco-rodriguez-boxer-who-won-golden-gloves-dies-after-bou/
  4. ^ "Autopsy Scheduled For Chicago Boxer Who Died After Collapsing At Fight" Huffington Post November 24, 2009 
  5. ^ http://wwwbadlefthookcom/2009/11/23/1170220/francisco-rodriguez-dies-after
  6. ^ Avila, Oscar November 25, 2009 "Francisco Rodriguez: Boxer's death grants chances at life" Chicago Tribune 
  7. ^ Fox Sports: Ex-Golden Gloves titlist Rodríguez dies after fight
  8. ^ Jeremy, Schaap "Hero" ESPN Retrieved 20 April 2011 
  9. ^ Jeremy, Schaap "Hero" ESPN Retrieved 20 April 2011 

External links

  • Professional boxing record for Francisco Rodriguez from BoxRec
  • Gift of Life Donor Program

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