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Francisco Rodriguez Dead: Boxer Dies After Collapsing At Fight

11/24/09 10:00 AM ET   AP

PHILADELPHIA — An autopsy has been scheduled for a boxer who died two days after a fight in Philadelphia.

Twenty-five-year-old Francisco Rodriguez died Sunday night after losing a USBA super bantamweight bout against Teon Kennedy on Friday.

The autopsy on Rodriguez, a former national Golden Gloves boxing champion from Chicago, is scheduled for Tuesday.

Philadelphia's Medical Examiner's Office says an autopsy is routine when a death is related to the victim's occupation.

Officials say Rodriguez began to lose consciousness as he sat in his corner after the fight was stopped in the 10th round. He later underwent emergency brain 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.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,


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