Nishioka Stops Gonzalez in Three, Marquez Clips Mendoza

By Mark Vester

At the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (34-4-3, 21 KOs) of Japan was a man on a mission, taking out former champ Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) in three rounds.

Thousands of cheering Mexicans were on their feet when Gonzalez came out strong in the first round and sent the champion down with a right hand. Gonzalez paced himself and began to box in the second. In the third, Nishioka fired back with a monster left that crumbled Gonzalez, and the ref quickly waved the fight off.

In the co-feature, the anticipated return of two-division champion Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KOs), who took out Jose Francisco Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs) in three rounds. After boxing for the first two rounds, Marquez opened up in the third, letting his hands go and landing hard right hands that sent Mendoza down hard. He made it up but appeared unsteady and the ref stopped the contest.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dorruel on 05-25-2009

[QUOTE=chicano79us;5351992]Damn my boy Gonzalez lost!![/QUOTE] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO not a machida fan

Comment by two_guns on 05-24-2009

[QUOTE=Izrock;5353064]Nishioka caught Gonzalez early with a similar punch, I don't think it hurt him, but it seems that Nishioka found a flaw that he took advantage of later on. Props to Nishioka for pulling out the upset in Gonzalez's home…

Comment by RRICAN on 05-24-2009

dammmnnnn JG got ktfo!!!! Marquez looked really bad last night!:boxing:

Comment by Izrock on 05-24-2009

Nishioka caught Gonzalez early with a similar punch, I don't think it hurt him, but it seems that Nishioka found a flaw that he took advantage of later on. Props to Nishioka for pulling out the upset in Gonzalez's home…

Comment by Del Coqui on 05-24-2009

Congrats to Nishioka and Rafa, got back on the winning track. Anybody heard post fight interview? any intentions of fighting Juanma?

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