Chicago boxer Rodriguez dies at 25

Updated: November 24, 2009, 10:45 AM ET
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Chicago-based boxer Francisco Rodriguez died Sunday night in Philadelphia, two days after his bout with Teon Kennedy at the Blue Horizon.

After being stopped by a technical knockout in the 10th round, Rodriguez, 25, collapsed and was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he underwent emergency brain surgery.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Rodriguez was a successful amateur boxer in Chicago and turned pro in 2005.

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.

"It's with a very heavy heart that we make this announcement," promoter Dominic Pesoli of Chicago-based 8 Count Productions said in a released statement. "Francisco was family to us and we all loved him very much.

"He was very popular with fight fans in Chicago and will be deeply missed."

Pesoli said a fund is being set up for Rodriguez's wife and infant daughter.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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