SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - El Paso heavyweight boxer David Rodriguez said he was attacked with a knife outside a Scottsdale, Arizona nightclub last Friday morning.
Warning, graphic content:photo of Rodriguez recovering in the hospital.
According to the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, the incident happened just before 3 a.m. at N. Buckboard Trail and E. Shoem an Lane. Police were flagged down and led to two victims that had been stabbed. The first, whose name has not been released, was a 33-year-old man who was stabbed in the upper arm.
Rodriguez spoke with us by phone during his recovery process. According to Rodriguez, he doesn't remember much of the attack. He believes his attackers were attempting to slit his throat.
"I started blacking out, I started losing conciousness," said Rodriguez. "I mean, I thought I was a goner. I though, 'I guess this is the way the story ends.'"
Neither Rodriguez nor the other victim were able to give a detailed description of their attackers, only that it was a black man who was with two other black men and a light skinned woman.
Both Rodriguez and the other victim were transported to a local hospital. The unnamed victim was treated and released while Rodriguez remained in the hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.
"I lost so much blood I don't even remember being in the ambulance," said Rodriguez, telling ABC-7 he blacked out several times before waking up at an Arizona hospital.
ABC-7 sports director Raul Martinez spoke with a member of Rodriguez's training team.
Guy Taylor said Rodriguez told him that he and a friend were coming out of a club when a man with a knife attacked the boxer.
Taylor said that the man slashed Rodriguez in the face with a knife from his ear to the jaw bone.
Taylor said he lost a lot of blood and had to get 100 stitches, but he expects to make a full recovery.
Rodriguez was not able to identify his attacker.