El Paso Boxer Rodriguez Recovering after Stabbing
POSTED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 12:23am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 11:05am
El Paso native and undefeated heavyweight boxer David Rodriguez is recovering at his home in Arizona after being stabbed Friday night in Scottsdale, AZ.
Rodriguez says he was outside a restaurant with friends when he was slashed in the face by an unknown assailant. The cut required over 100 stitches and began at his mouth and sliced along his jaw line to his ear.
NewsChannel 9 spoke with Rodriguez Monday about the attack.
"There was no altercation. It was honestly just like an ambush and it happened so fast I didn't have any kind of warning or preparation or anything," said Rodriguez via telephone. "One minute I'm standing there and the next minute I'm watching blood coming out of my face and losing consciousness."
The fighter called the attack a senseless act of violence and believes the attacker intended on killing him.
Rodriguez was rushed to a nearby hospital where he underwent a 4 hour surgery and doctors discovered the cut came within a half inch of the jugular vein.
No arrests have been made but an investigation is underway.
Rodriguez said he expects a full recovery and will return to ring sometime in the future.