Jhonny Gonzalez Stays Busy on 11/4 Before Francisco Vargas Bout

By Miguel Rivera

Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez will stay busy - returning to the ring on November 4, when he faces Panamanian Irving Berry at the Joshua Nery Santos Gym in Mexico.

The fight was taken to keep him sharp before a final world title eliminator against another former world champion, countryman Francisco Vargas.

Berry, 31, with a record of 23-6-2, 10 by way of knockout, wants to relaunch his career and will try to do it against one of the most dangerous punchers in the sport - a puncher who knows that the victory is an obligation that he needs to gain if he wants to realize his plans and win a new world title.


As reported last week, the World Boxing Council ordered a final WBC eliminator between Vargas and Gonzalez.

Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KOs), who suffered several bad cuts in the contest, has been out of the ring since getting stopped by Miguel Berchelt in January. He is likely not going to fight again until 2018, but recently there has been talk of taking a fight before the end of the year.

One of the biggest one-punch hitters in the game, Gonzalez (64-10, 54 KOs) has picked up six victories, including five by knockout, since he dropped an upset decision to Jonathan Oquendo in 2015

Regarding Berchelt, who holds the WBC super featherweight world title, there are still ongoing discussions to make the second defense of his belt against his countryman, former world champion Orlando Salido.

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, his organization has already approved Berchelt vs. Salido. The date being discussed is December 9, on HBO.

Berchelt (32-1, 28 KOs) had a breakout year in 2017. He captured the world title in January with a stoppage victory over Francisco Vargas, and then followed things up with a dominating decision win over Takashi Miura in a mandatory defense.

Salido, 36, is 44-13-4 and 31 KOs. He was featherweight and super featherweight world champion and has been involved in several Fight of The Year contenders, including the 2016 FOTY winner when he fought a twelve round war with Francisco Vargas for the 130-pound green and gold belt.
Salido has been out of the ring since May when he stopped Aristides Perez in Mexico.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 10-12-2017

I have always liked JG hopefully his defense has improved over the last year-and-a-half but that fragile chin still exists but with that Dynamite power and especially in that hook... Jhonny is always in the fight and I wish him…

Comment by sammybee on 10-12-2017

Vargas vs Gonzalez will be another world war...

Comment by BigZ44 on 10-12-2017

Gonzalez vs Vargas is gonna be an action packed war, really looking forward to that one

Comment by Johnny_Roa on 10-12-2017

Easy hof right here. He's been fighting since forever

Comment by FinitoxDinamita on 10-12-2017

He'll yea Gonzalez is always exciting. He had a serious chance of winning here. Vargas took too many consecutive beatings.

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