Julian Gonzalez generally knocks opponents out and gives violence-craving boxing fans exactly what they want to see.

The most formidable foe he has boxed in his brief nine-fight career, though, gave Gonzalez difficulty during a six-round fight that resulted in a majority draw nearly nine months ago. The 21-year-old Gonzalez, of Reading, Pennsylvania, intends to atone for that performance versus Ivan Jimenez in his first nationally televised fight Friday night in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Showtime will air Gonzalez’s eight-round junior lightweight fight against southpaw Rosalindo Morales as the opener of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” tripleheader from Wind Creek Event Center (9 p.m. ET). Morales (9-0, 2 KOs), of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, is a hungry 29-year-old opponent who wants to invigorate his own career by knocking off a hard-hitting prospect promoted by Marshall Kaufmann’s company, the organizer of this card.

“During that fight [with Jimenez], I was fighting through some adversity out of the ring,” Gonzalez told BoxingScene.com. “So, that definitely wasn’t a hundred percent me in there. So, whoever’s taking that fight as this is how I fight, they’re looking at the wrong person.”

Gonzalez’s draw with Jimenez is the only one of his nine fights to go beyond the second round. Six of his nine professional fights have resulted in first-round knockouts, but Morales is skillful and figures to truly test Gonzalez.

“He is a southpaw, so I’m looking forward to him being a little awkward,” Gonzalez said. “He’s got that awkward style. He’s gonna come ready and I’m also gonna come ready. I’m excited for this opportunity. I’m definitely blessed. This is a big chance for people to see who I am and what I’m capable to do. And, you know, it’s gonna be a beautiful night. You know, I’m gonna put on a spectacular performance.”

Gonzalez will box before a lot of his hometown fans, as Reading is approximately a one-hour drive from Bethlehem.

“It’s gonna be electric,” Gonzalez said. “I’m gonna have everybody to come out and support me, and it’s definitely gonna be motivation to do my thing. … I bring what they want. I bring electricity. I bring fireworks. I wanna look spectacular when I’m in there. I’m an exciting fighter, so you know, they’re gonna get their money’s worth.”

The main event Friday night is an eight-round super middleweight bout in which New Orleans’ Sean Hemphill (14-0, 8 KOs) will battle David Stevens (11-0, 8 KOs), another Reading native. Philadelphia’s Atif Oberlton (7-0, 6 KOs) and Russia’s Artem Brusov (12-0, 11 KOs) will square off in the co-feature, an eight-round light heavyweight fight.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.