By Jake Donovan
Brandon Gonzales had the chance to take the safe route on Friday evening. However, the unbeaten prospect had already used up his “win today, look good the next time” card in his previous win over Ossie Duran last October.
So when it came time to make a choice between fighting through a gruesome cut or coasting to victory, Gonzales went with the option that would ensure future airplay. He didn’t get the knockout he desired over Elie Augustama in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights televised co-feature, but still gave the fans their money’s worth over the course of their eight round affair.
"I couldn't see out of my left eye around the fourth or fifth round on, but I had to get it done,” Gonzales told Boxingscene.com’s Ryan Maquinana shortly after the fight, his first in eight months.
There was actually an opportunity to not fight at all, as Gonzales suffered a cut earlier in training camp. Initial concern was trumped by patience and the power of medical assistance. The cut healed a day later, which meant Gonzales wouldn’t have to pull out of a second straight fight.
"Actually, I first got this cut a couple weeks ago in sparring with Andre [Ward]," Gonzales said. "I could've pulled out, but I glued it shut. I already had one date pull out in January and I wanted to get out there and show what I could do."
Gonzales (16-0, 10KO) was supposed to face Caleb Truax earlier this year, but had to withdraw due to a groin injury. Truax instead faced Jermain Taylor, who was dropped late in the fight and looked well past his best but still managed to pull out a victory.
Nothing was going to keep Gonzales out of the ring this time around, although short-term desire could have a long term effect.
Gonzales suffered two cuts during Friday’s bout, which required 13 stitches to close up. No official word was given on when he can return to the gym. Chances are, his handlers will err on the side of caution, now that the fighter has given himself a little breathing room in the court of public opinion.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter at twitter.com/JakeNDaBox or submit questions/comments to [email protected]