World champion boxer's wife gives birth at El Centro hospital
Martha Avendano holds her newborn son, Rodrigo, on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-pound 8-ounce baby boy of world champion boxer, Jose Luis Castillo, was born Monday morning at El Centro Regional Medical Center. (Elizabeth Varin)
Yet former lightweight world champion Jose Luis Castillo said that while the championships felt good, he was happier with the birth of his son.
Six-pound, 8-ounce Rodrigo was born Tuesday morning at El Centro Regional Medical Center. Mother Martha Avendaño was doing well Wednesday, as was the baby, said Dr. Masiel Chibas, who delivered the child.
She remembered some joking that the baby would be born with his fists up and gloved.
However his father, Castillo, from Mexicali said he doesn’t want his son boxing. There’s a lot of sacrifice required with boxing.
Castillo’s hoping his son will get involved in baseball or soccer instead, he said.
Rodrigo is Castillo’s first child with his wife, Avendaño, but his other children have been born in the U.S. and he wanted Rodrigo born here, he said. The El Centro hospital treated his wife well, and he told hospital staff he plans to come back next time.
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