RODRIGUEZ was one of the most
versatile featherweights in women's boxing in the 70's and early 80's.She had
already made great strides and successes as a kickboxer, and came from a famous family
that pioneered kickboxing. She was a very talented fighter that
could excite the crowd so much that they would literally throw money into the
*Rodriguez passed away in January of 2007
told WBAN, "She was an awesome fighter in her day, and
was a true pioneer in the sport." Rodriguez trained Riley at one
time, and other women boxers, including Karen Martin.
Rodriguez has fought such greats as
Lucia Rijker, Lady Tyger Trimiar, and World featherweight champion Toni Lear
Rodriguez, who she defeated easily.
highlights of Rodriguez' career included being one of the first women to fight on the
All-women boxing card in California on July 13, 1979. She also can be credited for
fighting at the infamous Madison Square Garden where the ABC Wide World of
Sports covered the event. She fought at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, where
she fought on cards that included such great legends as Alexis Arguello, and many
more. Rodriguez has remained in the limelight, by recently appearing on the
show - 20/20, and was featured on a television show in
California. Rodriguez' accomplishes are widespread in her family. Her
brother is the famous, Benny "The Jet" Uquidez, who has a tremendous amount of
movies under his belt, stunt coordinating, and training other famous athletes.
Rodriguez and her husband, "Blinky"
shot a short film on how they dealt with the loss of there 16-year-old son in a gang
related drive-by shooting. This tragic event planted a seed in the ground to ignite
"Blinky's" passion to work relentlessly in stopping the killing of the gangs in
the San Fernando Valley. The two of them acted in the film as themselves and did an
Past Rankings of Rodriguez:
#2 World Featherweight Division 1981-1983
#3 World Featherweight Division 1984