Advertisement
Advertisement

Gonzalez Shows Blood and Guts Mentality in Phoenix

By Cliff Rold

After being out of the ring over two years between 2008 and 2010, 26-year old Super Middleweight Jesus Gonzalez won his third in a row since last November.  It was a long night in front of hometown fans on Friday night at the U.S. Airway Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, as Gonzalez (27-1, 14 KO) and 23-year old Francisco Sierra (24-4-1, 22 KO) of Tepic, Mexico, traded knockdowns and cuts in a grueling affair, ultimately decided unanimously for Gonzalez over twelve rounds.

Gonzalez entered the bout rated #15 by the IBF at Super Middleweight.  He weighed in for the bout with Sierra one pound under the division limit at 167 lbs.  Sierra, who was a late replacement, could get no closer to the contract weight than 175 lbs.  The referee was Robert Ferrara.

Gonzalez came right out to test the legs of Sierra, stepping in with a hard southpaw straight left to the body.  It was not the last home run swing Gonzalez would produce.  The quicker man, Gonzalez went to the head with measured, precise lefts, stunning Sierra just inside the halfway mark.  Another left, at about a minute to go in the first, caught a charging Sierra whose clumsy attempts at a counter combination struck air.  Sierra nailed Gonzalez with a right and left to the face in the closing seconds, Gonzalez’s eyes declaring he’d felt the blows.  Gonzalez answered right back with a left and blocked attack to the belly as Sierra leaned on the ropes.

A right hook/uppercut landed on the chin of a charging Gonzalez seconds into round two, Gonzalez’s knees buckling.  Sierra wasn’t able to follow up, Gonzalez clinching and then keeping his distance as he gathered his senses.  By round’s end, Gonzalez was back to timed lefts landing.  Both men would have their moments in a crowd pleasing third, Sierra drawing blood from the nose of Gonzalez.

Fighting tall, Sierra was looking to jab and keep Gonzalez at range in the fourth when matters took a stark turn.  Exploding to the body of Sierra with a booming straight left, Gonzalez watched as his man crumpled to a knee and the referee began to count.  Sierra, wincing, took a deep breath and beat the count.  After warding off a Gonzalez rush, Sierra worked his way back into the action, landing a particularly nasty left to the face of Gonzalez in the final thirty seconds.

Sierra was not done.  After another round filled with singular haymakers from both men, it was Sierra’s turn to demand a frame.  Inside thirty seconds to go in round five, Gonzalez blocked a lead right from Sierra only to have Sierra come right back with the same punch as Gonzalez relaxed his guard.  The echoing blow left Gonzalez on his back, sitting up and rising to a knee as the referee tolled four.  At eight, he was up and Sierra landed three more punches as Gonzalez scooted away.    

The scooting continued at the bell to begin round six, Gonzalez not firing big until almost a minute passed but making it count when he did.  A fairly even seventh led to an eighth and ninth where the advantage fell more firmly to Gonzalez than it had all night.  Landing more, and harder, as Sierra’s attack ebbed, the eighth would end with both warriors being examined simultaneously for cuts around the left eye.

With blood streaming down the side of his face, Gonzalez continued to press in the ninth as Sierra fell farther behind.  A break in the action to check Gonzalez’s cut would come in round ten and a Sierra right hand late added to the drama.  Gonzalez bounced back with a left to the belly and landed another to the face when Sierra went to the corner.

Rounds eleven and twelve were all about the question of a finish.  Would Gonzalez score the stoppage?  Could Sierra land the saving bomb he needed?  The answer to both queries was no, the best of the action behind them as both weary battlers loaded up where they could and worked their way to the closing bell.  Gonzalez, dominant through most of the second half, was rewarded with scores of 117-109, 116-110, and 115-111.

In the televised opener, promising 22-year old Jr. Lightweight prospect Yaundale Evans (15-0, 11 KO), 127 ½, of Cleveland, Ohio, kept his unblemished mark with a sixth-round technical knockout of one time title challenger Emanuel Lucero (26-7-1, 15 KO), 129, of Mexico and fighting out of Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Evans scored single knockdowns in the first and second rounds and added two more in the sixth, drawing a halt to the bout from referee Wes Martin at 2:06 of round six.

Also Televised

Jr. Middleweight: Janks Trotter (5-0-1, 5 KO) TKO2 Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 KO)

The card was televised in the U.S. on ESPN2 as part of its “Friday Night Fights” series.

Cliff Rold is a member of the Ring Magazine Ratings Advisory Panel, the Yahoo Pound for Pound voting panel, and the Boxing Writers Association of America.  He can be reached at [email protected]

Tags:
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Zarco on 07-09-2011

Gonzalez is a natural jr middleweight. He weighed in at the supper middleweight limit and he ended up fighting a light heavyweight and fighting strong credit for that.

Comment by Evil Abed on 07-09-2011

Gonzalez-Bika could be fun.

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-09-2011

I'm glad they didn't have to stop the fight from those cuts. You could hear the crow boo when the referee took sierra and gonzalez aside for the doctor to check them.

Comment by Devils Advocate on 07-09-2011

[QUOTE=Carlos Alberto;10810211]What a phucken fight. I'm glad to see El Martillo back. I was wondering what happened to him... Winning 5 national championships is no easy feat. Although I don't think 168 lbs. is the best weight class for him.…

Comment by Carlos Alberto on 07-09-2011

What a phucken fight. I'm glad to see El Martillo back. I was wondering what happened to him... Winning 5 national championships is no easy feat. Although I don't think 168 lbs. is the best weight class for him. For…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (5)
Top Headlines Amir Imam, Guillermo Jones Return on Pittsburgh Card Arum: After Ramirez Beats Golovkin, He Will Be a Big PPV Star! Keith Thurman vs. Danny Garcia: The Fight, Right Now Photos: Mayweather Takes Part in BET Celebrity Basketball Game Ramirez's Adviser: Golovkin One-Dimensional, He's No '85 Bears! Mike Tyson Will Back Trump at Republican National Convention Edner Cherry Snags Debatable Decision Over Lydell Rhodes Antonio Margarito vs. Ramon Alvarez Pushed Back To August 13 Photos: Jose Benavidez Putting in Work For Francisco Santana Rolando Garza Inks Promotional With Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Gilberto Ramirez: Canelo Has No Pride, His Actions Disappointing Denis Lebedev Backs Glowacki To Retain, Beat Oleksandr Usyk Anthony Joshua Must Face Joseph Parker By January 9, Says IBF Jarico O'Quinn Inks Promotional With Salita Promotions Photos: Gilberto Ramirez Continues Hard Grind For First Defense Malignaggi-Bracero, Farmer-Redkach, Harrison-Rabchenko Set Andre Ward vs. Alexander Brand Officially Revealed By Roc Nation Jessie Magdaleno Leaves Joel Diaz, Jumps To Manuel Robles David Benavidez Targets Big Names, Champions at 168-Pounds Povetkin's Promoter: Lawsuits Won't Prevent Deontay Wilder Fight Mykey Williams Inks Promotional Pact With Lou DiBella Terry Flanagan-Mzonke Fana Added To July 16 Cardiff Card Jason Sosa's Promoter Eyes Francisco Vargas, Orlando Salido Scott Fitzgerald Added To July 30 Leeds Card Fury-Klitschko II Could Land in Late September, Early October Sergey Kovalev Discusses Training Camp For Isaac Chilemba Antonio Orozco, Joseph Diaz, Jr. Return on HBO Latino Bill, 7/30 Santa Cruz Says Frampton's 'Weak Chin' Will Crack From Pressure Terence Crawford, Brian McIntyre on Being Avoided at 140 DiBella on Derevyanchenko-Soliman, Wants Golovkin Fight Klitschko on Fury: This is Not About Titles, This is About Revenge! Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Knock Gennady Golovkin Out! Froch Cautions Joshua Not To Rush, Picks Fury To Beat Klitschko Kerry Hope is Convinced Vijender Singh Was Scared at Presser Zeuge is Sparring With Braehmer For De Carolis WBA Title Clash McGregor Was Looking For 50-50 Split With Floyd Mayweather Firat Arslan vs. Nuri Seferi Crossroads Bout on September 17 Eubank Sr. Baits Golovkin: Prove To Me That You Can Beat My Son! Rey Ojeda Shocks Puerto Rico With Retirement Announcement Thurman-Porter Makes Working Weekend Worth The Wrangling
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement