Jose Gonzalez: Ricky Burns' Belt is The Perfect Gift
Jose Gonzalez has revealed he wants Ricky Burns' WBO lightweight title to take home as a Mother's Day present as he prepares to take on the Coatbridge champion at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday night.
The unbeaten mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico and Burns both tipped the scales at 9st 8lbs and half an ounce at the weigh-in at the city's St Enoch shopping centre.
With the countdown until both fighters step into the ring now started, Gonzales talked about one special reason for wanting to win.
"If I win the fight it is going to be a special moment for me and my family," said the 29-year-old.
"I am going to dedicate the win to my mother.
"Where I come from, Puerto Rico, the next day (Sunday) is Mother's Day.
"She doesn't like to watch me fight live, she just watches on television but I know she is supportive to me and I am going to win the title for her."
Gonzalez is unbeaten in 22 fights with 17 of them won inside the distance, but he acknowledges that he is stepping up in class against the Scotsman, who will be making his second defence of his WBO title.
"I respect Ricky Burns as a boxer and as a person," he said.
"He is the best I have ever fought, he is two-times world champion.
"He has got a lot of skills, he is a good boxer, and he throws a lot of punches.
"I respect that a lot but this is one opportunity I have in my life to prove I am a true boxer too.
"I have got big chance against Ricky, he is a good fighter but he is not invincible.
"I have a good team around me and we have done a excellent job in the gym.
"We are going to pressure him, throw a lot of punches, get to the body and do a job on him."
Meanwhile, Greenock boxer John Simpson meets Choi Tseveenpurev for the WBC International title in the main support bout.
Simpson scaled 9st 3lbs and 'The Mongolian Warrior' Choi, 9st 1lbs 8oz.
The third title bout on the card pits cruiserweights Stephen Simmons and Michael Sweeney for the vacant Celtic title, with Simmons scaling 14st 1lb and half an ounce and Sweeney 14st 3lbs and half an ounce
Burns, 30, is sure the 6,000 or so fight fans expected to make their way to the newly-built arena in the east end of Glasgow are in for a terrific
Maybe he can get a replica?Comment by Light_Speed on 05-11-2013
Indeed, a nice gift for Burns. Gonzalez is such a generous man.Comment by yuppie on 05-11-2013
A broken wrist is a lame mothers day gift, but maybe its a PR thing.Comment by Hougigo on 05-11-2013
Somebody probably should have told him he had to finish firstComment by dan_cov on 05-11-2013
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