Philadelphia: Super bantamweight Francisco Rodriguez has died following a US Boxing Association title fight. Rodriguez lost consciousness in the ring after the referee stopped the bruising contest and never awoke despite emergency brain surgery.
Rodriguez, aka 'El Nino Azteca', was born in Mexico but fought out of Chicago. He won the Chicago Golden Gloves several times and the national Golden Gloves once before turning pro four years ago. The 25-year-old had a 14-2 record and was well liked.
"It is with heavy heart that we make this announcement. Francisco was family to us and we all loved him very much," said fight promoter Dominic Pesoli.