By Miguel Rivera
Mexico's Jhonny Gonzalez, the featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), is heading from Mexico City to El Paso, Texas, where on Thursday he defends his crown against African veteran Rogers Mtagwa. Gonzalez won the WBC featherweight crown in April of this year when he knocked out Hozumi Hasegawa in four rounds. He then made his first defense against Tomas Villa in July, and now makes the second defense against Mtagwa.
"I had a strong preparation in the Romanza gym with my trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain, because my goal is to make as many defenses as I can and to fight the best of my division," said Gonzalez at the airport of Mexico City, as he left for Texas.
"At the gym I did a lot of sparring with fighters who have a similar style to Mtagwa and that helped me a lot. It will be a good fight considering that he is a tough opponent, which is going to give me a great test."