In what was otherwise a historic moment, Rodriguez beat Gonzalez via a unanimous decision to become the WBO flyweight champion.
In the process of doing so, he emerged as the first San-Antonio fighter to secure world championships in two weight categories.
However, that did come at a price, as it transpired that Rodriguez had fractured his jaw in the sixth round, which became apparent as he struggled to articulate himself in his post-fight comments.
And that is what made his victory all the more remarkable. But now that the dust has settled somewhat, he found himself admitted to the hospital for two days.
His trainer, Robert Garcia, confirmed as much: “Surgery went well. He will be off from eating solid food for six weeks.
“Then, little by little, he’ll start eating solid food. He’ll also be off from training for a couple months. Won’t fight until the end of the year.”
Provided that Rodriguez recovers well, his attention will no doubt turn to Sunny Edwards. And that is a fight that will whet the appetite of boxing fans.