By Jake Donovan
Despite more than 16 years in the pro ranks, with 68 bouts under his belt and having lost two of his last three, Jhonny Gonzalez believes there is plenty of fight left in his 34-year old body.
The former two-division champ will return to the ring December 5 in Los Mochis, Mexico, where he will face Japan's "Hurricane" Futa Nakagishi. The super featherweight bill will headline on Televisa Deportes.
Gonzalez (58-10, 49KOs) is coming off of a heartbreaking 10-round loss to Jonathan Oquendo this past September, his second loss in his last two fights. The defeat was doubly crushing, as Oquendo has now parlayed the upset win into a title shot versus featherweight champ Jesus Cuellar on this very same night in Brooklyn, New York.
As for Gonzalez, it's a long road back to the top, as he hopes to at least end 2015 on a high note. His year began with a title-losing knockout at the hands of Gary Russell Jr. in March, rebounding with a 2nd round knockout of Kazuki Hashimoto in August before falling short versus Oquendo just six weeks later.
"This will be a good test for Jhonny," insists Oswaldo Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo, Gonzalez' longtime promoter. "Hurricane Futa is a tough fighter, he's never been stopped and always comes to fight. This is by no means a pushover; it's a real test for Jhonny, who wants to get right back into championship fights."
The show will also feature familiar bloodlines on the undercard.
Appearing in supporting capacity, bantamweight contender Alberto Guevara (22-2, 9KOs) - whose brother Pedro defends his junior flyweight title in Japan one week prior - faces Arturo Santos, last seen in a brave showing versus Abner Mares earlier this year.
Also on the show, super flyweight prospect Karim "Traveisito" Arce (4-0, 2KOs) continues his breakneck schedule. The 16-year old newcomer turned pro in late May, with his undercard appearance marking his fifth fight in just over six months. It will once again come with his world-famous uncle, former four-division champ Jorge Arce sitting ringside in his role as Televisa expert analyst.
Jake Donovan is the managing editor of BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox