|David Rodriguez: "I thank God I’m alive" - "The blood was squirting out like a sprinkler"
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 6, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing: "The blood was squirting out like a sprinkler." - David Rodriguez.
Heavyweight contender David Rodriguez has never lost a fight inside the squared circle. Last week, near a pizza restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona, Rodriguez almost lost more than a fight.
He came close to losing his life.
Rodriguez, 34, doesn’t recall all the particulars that led to him being viciously slashed from earlobe to chin.
be honest, a lot of it's a blur," Rodriguez said."I remember I came out
of the club and went across the street to get some pizza. It’s weird, I
really don’t remember much of anything except pictures – flashes. I
think there were three black guys. There was no warning, nothing. I felt
a hard hit against my head and a slice, I looked down and blood is
pouring down my neck and shirt. The slash went from my earlobe, down my
jaw line, back up under my chin. They tried to go for my jugular. They
missed by a half an inch,” he said.
A friend of Rodriguez’s witnessed the attack and raced over to help. Within seconds, his friend was bleeding from a wound to the arm.
remembers a woman putting a scarf over his head in an attempt to stop
the bleeding. The cut would eventually require 100 stitches.
blacked out for a few seconds, but could still hear screaming", said
Rodriguez. "The next thing I remember I was in the ambulance. They were
trying to stop the blood because the blood was squirting out like a
sprinkler. I was thinking this is it. I didn’t really know what to do. I woke up later after surgery in the hospital. It’s all very vague.”
have been differing accounts of what happened that night, but
Rodriguez, though still shocked by the incident, feels lucky.
alive and there’s no nerve damage. The doctor was amazed at that. He
told me the knife missed my nerve by a quarter of a centimeter," said
Rodriguez. "If that knife hits one of those nerves, my face is
paralyzed. I’ll half a scar for a while, but the cosmetic surgeon did
such an unbelievable job. Everything should eventually be fine.”
Will the cut cause any problems in future fights?
skin will be fine," he said. "I won’t have a scar in a month in a half.
I’m very, very lucky. By the grace of god…I don’t understand why. I’m
no better than anybody else. There’s a lot of things going through my
mind right now.”
Though undefeated as a boxer Rodriguez has faced some major setbacks in his career.
really is precious man," said Rodriguez. "It’s incredible something
like this could happen in a crowd of people. You can’t be running around
doing things like this.”
is confident he can recover quickly from the attack. The affable
heavyweight won all three of his 2011 fights by knockout.
In December 2011, Rodriguez knocked out Byron Polley. The victory was the 36th of his career.
went out there to execute my plan. I knocked him down twice in the
first round and in the second it was over, “said Rodriguez.
next fight is sceduled for March of this year. The El Paso native has
knocked out 34 of his 36 opponents. His goals (championship shot) for
2012 remain the same.
will fight, Rodriguez said. "I just have to make sure my jaw is heeled
correctly I have to feel mentally ready. This has been traumatic. I’m a
firm believer that everything happens for some kind of reason. I’m not
sure why this happened, but I’m trying to make it a positive. I feel
like I learned from this. Things happen and some people don’t survive.”
Rodriguez wants his attackers caught as soon as possible.
time you have a problem with someone you may scuffle, and have words,
but it blows over and you go back to your lives and families. You kill
somebody you take their life from their family and ruin everyone else’s
life," he said. "I want these guys caught. People with this mentality
can’t be in society. They hurt people, they're animalistic.”
Despite the brutal attack, Rodriguez reflected on his good fortune.
“I’m still here man,” he said with a chuckle.
Yes, he is.
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