Local welterweight Corey Rodriguez has retired from professional boxing with a record of 4-0 (3 kayos).
In a statement to the Fistic Mystic blog Rodriguez explained, “I am [retiring] because I will be spending all of my time taking care of my kids. This is more important to me and requires all of my energy.”
Rodriguez had been engaged in a custody battle with the mother of his children, finally winning custody early this fall. “I haven’t been able to train properly or stay fully focused in preparation for fights. This has mentally drained me as an athlete, as a father, and as a provider. I have done everything in my power to keep myself in the sport of boxing, however it is a sport that requires an incredible amount of devotion, focus, and proper training. Given the great obstacles or challenges in life I am unable to keep boxing in my life.”