Jesus Gonzales

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Jesús Ernesto González (born October 3, 1984 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a Mexican-American professional boxer in the Middleweight division.[1] Gonzalez was considered by boxing critics to be one of the top amateur medal contenders for the U.S.A. in the 2004 Summer Olympics.[2]

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Amateur career

Gonzales won a silver medal at a tournament in Paris and a bronze medal at the Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships in Cuba and won the national championship at middleweight in 2002. He participated at a pro-am undercard headlined by professional world champion Acelino Freitas in Phoenix, Arizona, Gonzales' hometown. Such undercards are very rare in boxing, if not almost non-existent.[3] González also has amateur wins over IBA Intercontinental Light Middleweight Champion Sechew Powell, the former Interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion Alfredo Angulo, WBA World Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward, and four wins against WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto.[4]

Pro career

On June 12, 2003, Gonzales surprised many of his fans by announcing he would turn professional soon after, under promoter Bob Arum. He cited amateur boxing politics as the reason why he decided not to wait for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games instead. In his professional debut, he defeated his opponent by first round knockout.[5]

On October 4, 2003, Gonzales scored one of the fastest knockouts in the history of boxing, needing only 16 seconds to defeat Josh Peters. Since this fight was shown as a part of the Erik Morales-Guty Espadas Jr. Pay Per View offerings, it was Gonzales' first fight on Pay Per View. One week later, he had almost exactly the same result, when he beat an opponent 17 seconds into their fight in Arizona. Yet one more week later, he beat Roy Smith, also in Phoenix, by a knockout at two minutes and twenty five seconds of round one. He won once again, on Halloween night, with another first round knockout, his fifth consecutive first round knockout. On December 5, he was extended beyond the first round for the first time in his career, sustaining a bloody nose before rallying to knock out the undefeated Nate Martin in round four.[6]

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