Francisco Rodríguez (boxer, born 1945)
|Full name||Francisco Antonio Rodríguez Brito|
September 20, 1945 |
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||132 lb (60 kg)|
|Rated at||Light Flyweight and Flyweight|
Francisco Antonio Rodríguez Brito (born September 20, 1945) is a retired Venezuelan boxer. At the 1968 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the inaugural men's light flyweight (– 48 kg) division, after having claimed the gold as well at the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games. He carried the flag for his native country at the opening ceremony at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany.
Rodriguez, nicknamed "Morochito", was Venezuela's first Olympic gold medalist, winning gold in the light flyweight division in its inaugural year of competition, 1968. His amateur record stood at 266 wins, 4 losses.
After the Olympics, Rodríguez signed a professional contract. Before fighting he took his mother to a pro bout. At one point, one of the boxers' bloody mouthpiece landed in Rodriguez's mother's lap. She begged Rodriguez to give up fighting and he cancelled his contract.
- Defeated Rafael Carbonell (Cuba) 5-0
- Defeated Khata Karunatarne (Ceylon) TKO 2
- Defeated Harlan Marbley (United States) 4-1
- Defeated Jee Yong-Ju (South Korea) 3-2
- Lost to Dennis Talbot (Australia) KO 2
He was inducted into the Venezuelan Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
- "Francisco Rodríguez". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23.
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