PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                             November 22, 2009 - News & Notes


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Chicago boxer Francisco Rodriguez passed away Sunday evening at Hahnemann Hospital from the injuries he sustained in his bout with Philadelphia's Teon Kennedy Friday night at the Blue Horizon. The fight was an extremely close and grueling two-way battle that could have gone either way for much of the bout. When the classic fight was stopped in round ten, the reaction of the crowd swung from wild excitement to desperate concern when it became clear that Rodriguez, who had walked back to his corner after the stoppage, was suddenly in serious trouble sitting in his corner. He was attended to by his corner men, which included his father and brother. Rodriguez was quickly taken by EMS staff from the ring to Hahnemann Hospital where he underwent surgery late Friday night. He remained unconscious and on life support in the intensive care unit until his passing Sunday evening. It was at that time, approximately 8:30 pm, with his family gathered at the hospital, that Rodriguez was taken off life support. Francisco was 25 years old.

We offer our sincere condolences to Francisco's family, including his wife Sonia and five-month old daughter Ginette.

Rodriguez is introduced by ring announcer Ed Derian

Rodriguez launches his left at Kennedy in round 3

Kennedy lands an uppercut while Referee Benjy Esteves watches

Kennedy wobbles in round 7

The end of the fight - round 10

Kennedy receives the USBA belt while Rodriguez is attended to in his corner

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