Ramírez y Edwards, Magdaleno y González confiados en Hidalgo

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El clasificado mundial invicto Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez, uno de los boxeadores mexicanos más populares y carismáticos, se enfrentará al estadounidense Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards, intentando defender su título internacional de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), encabezando una explosiva función este viernes en la arena State Farm de Hidalgo, Texas, Estados Unidos, que será televisada en vivo en la cuarta edición de la nueva serie boxística “The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout en truTV” comenzando a las 10 p.m. (este). La serie es presentada truTV y Top Rank y producida en asociación con HBO Sports. Encuentre truTV en su área: http://trutvishere.com/.

Ramírez (31-0, 24 KOs), de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, expondrá su campeonato internacional de la OMB ante Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs), residente en Las Vegas, Nevada, en una duelo pactado a diez giros. En el duelo co estelar de la función que también será televisado, los clasificados mundiales, el estadounidense Diego Magdaleno (27-1, 11 KOs) y el puertorriqueño José “Chelo” González (24-1, 19 KOs) disputarán el título ligero internacional de la OMB que está pactado a doce giros, ya que también será un eliminatorio para disputar el campeonato de peso ligero de la OMB.

Hoy se realizó la última conferencia de prensa en la misma arena State Farm en donde este viernes será la esperada función.

Gilberto Ramírez:
“Estoy muy motivado y muy enfocado en esta pelea porque que tengo un rival duro este viernes y que necesito la victoria para seguir aspirando a cosas mejores en un futuro no muy lejano”, dijo Ramírez

“Yo confió mucho que la gente vera una gran pelea, un pelea explosiva entre dos boxeadores que venimos a darlo todo y quiero dedicarle esta pelea a la gran afición de Texas que siempre me apoyado”, agrego Ramírez.

Derek Edwards:
“La experiencia y la dedicación es muy importante en este deporte y algo que tengo de sobra. Estoy preparado para dejarlo todo sobre el ring y espero que Gilberto también lo haga para darle a los aficionados la pelea que se merecen este viernes”, dijo Edwards, quien es entrenado por Jeff Mayweather.

“Ya el trabajo está hecho, lo único que falta es subir al ring y conseguir esta victoria”, agrego Edwards.

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Diego Magdaleno:
“He trabajado muy fuerte con un nuevo equipo para volver a tener la oportunidad de disputar una corona mundial y un triunfo este viernes me pondrá esa posición y muy hacer todo lo necesario para salir con el brazo en alto este viernes”, dijo Magdaleno que entreno en Indio, California con Joel Díaz.

“Estoy seguro que lograre la victoria y que me llevare este cinturón a casa y con él la oportunidad de disputar el campeonato mundial de las 135 libras” agrego Magdaleno, quien disputara el titulo internacional de la OMB que está vacante.

José “Chelo” González:
“Estamos aquí para aprovechar esta oportunidad que se están dando ante Magdalego y la preparación será clave en esta pelea”, dijo González.

“Yo voy a dar lo mejor de mí mismo este viernes y espero que la pelea sea del agrado del público y así llevarme la victoria a casa “, agrego González.

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La función de este sábado que incluye a uno de los boxeadores más populares de la región Luis Castro y al medallista olímpico Falcao Esquiva de Brasil, quien esta invicto en el boxeo profesional.

Ramírez, de Mazatlán, Sinaloa, México es el clasificado mundial número dos en peso supermediano del Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) y de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) y el número tres de la Asociación Mundial de Boxeo (AMB) y de la Federación Internacional de Boxeo (FIB).

Edwards, residente de Las Vegas, Nevada, cuenta con un nocaut sobre Badou Jack actual monarca de peso supermediano del CMB y en su más reciente actuación el pasado 19 de diciembre en Quebec, Canadá cayo por puntos ante Andre Dirrell en un duelo eliminatorio de la FIB.

Magdaleno, de Las Vegas, Nevada, ganó sus primeras 23 peleas profesional para alcanzar la clasificación número uno de la OMB en las 130 libras que lo llevo a disputar la corona mundial de peso ligero junior dicha organización y su oportunidad llego el 6 de abril del 2013 ante Román “Rocky” Martínez en Macao, China. En una pelea muy disputada, Martínez retuvo su corona por decisión dividida para propinarle su primera y única derrota profesional a Magdaleno.

González, de Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, ganó sus primeras 22 peleas profesionales, 17 de ellas por la vía rápida. Como clasificado número uno en peso ligero de la OMB, González disputo la corona mundial de la OMB el 11 de mayo del 2013 en Escocia y cayó ante el local Ricky Burns cuando una lesión en la mano lo obligo a retirarse del combate en el noveno asalto cuando estaba arriba en las tres tarjetas de jueces oficiales por puntuaciones idénticas de 87-83.

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Retiene ‘Chelo’ González

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BAYAMON- José ‘Chelo’ González retuvo sin complicaciones su título Latino de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB) de las 135 libras luego de noquear al mexicano Alejandro Rodríguez en seis asaltos en el combate semiestelar  de la cartelera ‘Noche de Campeones’ en el coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, donde los boricuas dominaron  mientras se  espera el regreso de Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ López.

González, primer clasificado de la OMB en su peso, mejoró su invicto a 22-0 con 17 anestesiados.

“Primero gracias a la gloria de Jesucristo y Dios por la victoria. Fue una pelea interesante. Fueron seis asaltos empleados  donde fuimos menguando, evitando los golpes. Lo doy las gracias (a Rodríguez) por venir a enfrentarme a Puerto Rico. Fue un rival que vino a pelear, fuerte y aguerrido. Nos cuidamos de su pegada”, reaccionó González tras el triunfo.

El toabajabeño no tuvo prisa en despachar a Rodríguez, utilizando como de costumbre el primer asalto para estudiar las tácticas del mexicano.

A partir del segundo episodio, el jab derecho de González no paró de entrar al rostro de Rodríguez, hinchándole el pómulo izquierdo  y poniéndolo a sangrar por la nariz terminado el quinto asalto. El sexto fue de pura supervivencia para Rodríguez, sin parar de sangrar mientras busca evitar sin exito los golpes de González.

El referí detuvo la pelea cuando se percató que Rodríguez no salió de la esquina mientras su equipo de tratajo intentaba detener el sangrado.

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“Chelo” Gonzalez gana corona regional de la OMB en su regreso al ring

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El ahora campeón latino ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), José “Chelo” González (23-1, 18 KO’s) regreso al ring tras 19 meses de inactividad con un contundente triunfo por la vía del nocaut sobre el portugues Joan Antonio Bento (27-15-2, 15KOs).

En el primer asalto en un intercambio González envió a la lona a Bento tras una potente mano izquierda al mentón del púgil portugues quien pudo continuar el combate.

El final del combate vino a los 2:27 del segundo asalto cuando Bento visita la lona y al ponerse de pie el árbitro opta por detener el combate ante un maltrecho Bento quien ya había caído en una ocasión en el segundo asalto.

El combate fue celebrado en el San Juan Resort and Casino en Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico.

http://www.mrboxingpr.com/noticias/chelo-gonzalez-gana-corona-regional-de-la-omb-en-su-regreso-al-ring

Ricky Burns beats Jose Gonzalez to retain world title

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Ricky Burns ended the tremendous challenge of Puerto Rico’s Jose Gonzalez to retain his WBO world lightweight title in Glasgow.

Gonzalez, unbeaten in his previous 22 bouts, retired at the end of the ninth round with a damaged left wrist.

At that point, there was little to separate the two as Burns was tested to the full in his third title defence.

And the 30-year-old Scot must have experienced as much relief as delight when the bout was ended prematurely.

The partisan crowd would have wilted the fighting desire of lesser men but Gonzalez was bright and game in the opening round, flashing out his left fist to keep the more aggressive Burns at bay.

The opening two rounds suggested the fight could be a thriller, with Gonzalez breaking from his more languid style to mix it up on occasion with the home favourite.

Burns’s nose was bloodied in the third and the challenger enjoyed success with two-fisted attacks towards the end of the round.

However, the Scot grinned at the attempt and was ferocious with his own assaults.

With 17 knockouts in an unblemished 22-fight career, the challenger posed considerable danger to Burns but, as is his style, he was prepared to take a few shots to land some of his own on the 29-year-old from Toa Baja.

Against Kevin Mitchell in his last defence, Burns looked bigger and stronger than his opponent: not so with Gonzalez.

By the midway point in the fight, the pair looked evenly matched, each able to boast of inflicting pain on the other and of making their opponent miss with superb reflexes.

Worryingly for the champion, Gonzalez looked wonderfully composed, even winking to his corner on occasion.

The seventh round was Gonzalez’s strongest as he pinned Burns against the ropes and blasted at his arms and body.

Burns was off balance and ragged and was under the greatest threat since the opening rounds of the bout against Roman Martinez, which he won to become world champion at super-featherweight.

Whatever advice trainer Billy Nelson imparted had the desired effect as Burns caught Gonzalez with a sickening left to the body to stem the tide in the eighth, an impression that continued into the ninth as he began to assert himself once more by being quicker off the mark in their exchanges.

And when the challenger remained seated in his corner as the bell sounded for the 10th, the crowd roared to acclaim their hero – and the talent of the challenger.

On the undercard, John Simpson was too accurate and too composed for Choi Tseveenpurev from Mongolia. The Greenock fighter took the vacant WBO inter-continental super-featherweight title with a unanimous points win – 116-112, 117-112, 116-113.

As has been the case throughout his career, the 41-year-old proved impossible to stop and at least he left Glasgow with that record intact.

But Simpson had to work hard for his win, wisely choosing when to attack and when to cover up to avoid the upper cuts and sharp punches from the brave opponent.

In the end, despite a bloody nose, Simpson’s work was the more telling and his victory was thoroughly deserved.

Edinburgh’s Steve Simmons won the vacant Celtic cruiserweight title after Michael Sweeney’s corner retired the Irish fighter with an unspecified injury after three rounds.

Glasgow super-featherweight Michael Roberts survived a cut eye in the third round and some thumping, varied shots in the sixth to beat Brentford-based Polish southpaw Mariusz Bak.

Judges gave the Scot the nod with a score of 58-57. The 26-year-old takes his record to 12 wins and no defeats as he seeks to build a case for a tilt at the British title.

Burns v Gonzalez

Gonzalez troubles Burns with excellent movement and jabbing over first six rounds

Explosive seventh round sees both men take serious punishment

Burns shows superior strength to control rounds eight and nine

Gonzalez retires with damaged hand – his first loss in 23 fights

Burns’ record now stands at 36 wins from 38 bouts

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/22498775

Ricky Burns: un oponente de cuidado para “Chelo”

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El escocés, que defenderá su título ligero frente a “Chelo” González mañana, sábado, sabe adaptarse a distintos tipos de rivales.

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El campeón ligero de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el escocés Ricky Burns, sabe que tendrá una dura prueba cuando defienda su título por tercera vez mañana, sábado, contra el invicto puertorriqueño José “Chelo” González.

A pesar de que nunca ha peleado fuera del Reino Unido, Burns (35-2, 10 KO), de 30 años, es un púgil probado en el boxeo profesional y es considerado por muchos expertos como el mejor boxeador ligero del mundo.

El monarca escocés tiene actualmente una racha de 20 victorias consecutivas y ha ganado todos los combates en que se ha disputado por un título.

Su primer campeonato mundial se lo arrebató al boricua Román “Rocky” Martínez con una victoria vía decisión unánime en septiembre de 2010, cuando se alzó con el título superpluma de la OMB.

Luego, realizó cuatro defensas exitosas antes de subir al peso ligero, en el que ganó el campeonato de la OMB con una importante victoria sobre Michael Katsidis, por decisión unánime, en septiembre de 2011.

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Según algunas páginas cibernéticas especializadas en el boxeo, una de las grandes virtudes de Burns es que se adapta a cualquier estilo de rival.

“Contra Kevin Mitchell, Burns fue un pegador fuerte que ganó por nocaut en el cuarto asalto. Contra Michael Katsidis, fue un boxeador que neutralizó el estilo aguerrido de Katsidis”, establece la página fightpreviews.net.

“En su mejor pelea hasta ahora, Burns se levantó de la lona en el primer asalto, adoptó un estilo escurridizo y dominó por completo a Román Martínez”, añade el análisis.

Precisamente, nadie mejor que Martínez para opinar sobre quien le quitó el título mundial superpluma.

“Burns es un peleador incómodo, siempre tiene buena condición y se mueve bien hacia ambos lados”, dijo Martínez, vía telefónica ayer, a Primera Hora.

“Es un peleador difícil, ha ido luciendo bien desde que subió a 135 y le ganó a Katsidis. Tiene los quilates”, añadió el actual campeón superpluma de la OMB.

Sin embargo, “Rocky” cree que su compatriota tiene una buena oportunidad para vencer al escocés el sábado.

“En el boxeo siempre hay oportunidad. Este es el examen final de ‘Chelo’. Tiene la oportunidad de ganar, pero no puede dejar que Ricky ‘se la monte’. Tiene que atacarlo temprano”, opinó Martínez.

Inactividad

Burns ha visto frustradas dos citas titulares debido a problemas con su antiguo promotor, pero asegura que la inactividad de ocho meses no lo afectará en su condición.

“Ha sido decepcionante que se cayeran las últimas dos peleas. Pero estuve en entrenamiento completo para las dos peleas, así que no es como si estuviera fuera del gimnasio”, dijo Burns en estos días, según reportó BBC Sport en su página web.

“No habrá moho en el ring”, aseguró el campeón escocés. “He tratado esta pelea igual que cualquier otra. Solo quiero entrar y hacer mi trabajo”.

Saben que “Chelo” es peligroso

Tanto Burns como su promotor, Eddie Hearn, saben que el púgil británico tendrá las manos llenas frente al invicto González (22-0, 17 KO).

Posiblemente, sea una defensa obligatoria muy dura para el púgil escocés.

Burns es consciente de que se enfrenta a un fuerte pegador, pero entiende que podrá manejarlo.

“Por su récord, es un fuerte pegador. He peleado con pegadores fuertes antes y salí bien. Cualquier cosa que traiga, según ha sido mi entrenamiento, sé que seré capaz de manejarlo”, dijo un confiado Burns durante la conferencia de prensa del pasado miércoles.

Por su parte, el promotor Hearn entiende que el boricua irá con todo para robarle el título al escocés.

“González está invicto y cree que puede ganar esta pelea. Por eso es que está aquí y es una amenaza real”, dijo Hearn en declaraciones recopiladas por el diario británico The Sun.

El promotor aclaró que no hay cláusula de revancha en el contrato, por lo que “Chelo” tendrá una “oportunidad gratis al título mundial”.

“Estos muchachos de Puerto Rico son fuertes, tienen una fuerte tradición y hacen las cosas difíciles”, añadió Hearn.

“Ricky sabe que estará en una pelea real”, concluyó el promotor.

http://www.primerahora.com/deportes/boxeo/nota/rickyburnsunoponentedecuidadoparachelo-919767/

González y Burns 134.5 en Glasgow

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El puertorriqueño José “Chelo” González y el escocés Ricky Burns pasaron sin problemas el pesaje oficial efectuado en la mañana del viernes en el St Echno Centre de Glasgow, Escocia, para su combate de mañana, sábado, por el título mundial ligero de la  Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), en poder de Burns, que se efectuará en el Emirates Arena, en una presentación de Matchroom Boxing en asociación con PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), que será transmitido en Puerto Rico exclusivamente en vivo a través de DirecTV.

Tanto González (22-0, 17 KOs) como Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) marcaron 134.5 libras y se mostraron tranquilos y confiados en la pose frente a frente después de la ceremonia con la balanza, que fue celebrada abierta al público.

El boricua, primer clasificado de la OMB en las 135 libras y campeón latino de la OMB en el peso ligero, se dirige ahora a hidratarse y alimentarse para luego descansar, rumbo a la importante cita mundial.

La cartelera, que estelarizará el pleito González-Burns, será vista en vivo en Puerto Rico el sábado, comenzando la transmisión a las 3 de la tarde por el canal 165 de DirecTV y con retransmisión a las 9 de la noche. Además, habrá una pantalla gigante en la cancha del barrio Campanillas de Toa Baja para que los fanáticos puedan disfrutar este evento en vivo a través de DirecTV.

González regresará a Puerto Rico el domingo, 12 de mayo, arribando al Aeropuerto Luis Muñoz Marín en el vuelo #5123 de British Airways que tocará suelo a las 8:25 de la noche.

http://www.notifight.com/artman2/publish/Reporte_7/Gonz_lez_22-0_17_KOs_como_Burns_35-2_10_KOs_marcaron_134_5.php

Ricky Burns vs. Jose Gonzalez: Preview and Prediction for Lightweight Title Bout

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On May 11 in Glasgow, Scotland, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns will put his belt on the line against undefeated Puerto Rican contender Jose Gonzales. The Scottish Burns will be defending his title before an enthusiastic home crowd.

This is a classic matchup between a rising star with explosive potential and a crafty veteran who knows what it takes to win on the big stage. With Adrien Broner jumping to welterweight next month, Burns should be viewed as the top fighter in the world right now at 135. He’s coming off a Round 4 TKO of the big-hitting Kevin Mitchell, quite possibly the finest performance of his career to date.

The fight will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on Sky.

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The 30-year-old Burns will have the benefit of fighting in front of his home crowd, while Gonzalez fights outside of Puerto Rico for the first time in his professional career. Gonzalez’s KO ratio of over 70 percent is eye-opening, especially for a lightweight, but it was primarily accumulated against mediocre competition. Gonzalez has not only never fought outside of Puerto Rico, he’s also never fought anybody close to Burns’ level.

Gonzalez’s 73″ reach is impressive for a 5’8″ lightweight. Burns’ reach is average for a fighter of his height, but he gets the most of it by extending well and using his legs to move in and out of range. Although only a year separates them in age, the gap in experience is vast here. Burns has fought close to three times as many rounds.

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Jose Gonzalez

Record:

35-2, 10 KOs

22-0, 17 KOs

Height:

5’10”

5’8″

Reach:

70″

73″

Weight:

135

135

Stance:

Orthodox

Orthodox

Hometown:

Coatbridge, Scotland

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

Rounds:

260

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There are two competing and equally compelling storylines in this fight. Ricky Burns is extremely popular in his native Scotland, and with good reason. He’s a grounded guy with a pleasant disposition. In the ring, he scraps with emotion and heart.

Burns is already being talked about as a serious candidate to go down in history as among the greatest Scottish boxers of all time. If you’re a Scottish fan, the storyline here is clear: “Our boy Ricky is going to knock off a big-punching, undefeated contender.”

Gonzalez has his own national pride to represent. When you consider the size of the overall population, the number of great boxing champions to come out of Puerto Rico is ridiculous.

Any time a young Puerto Rican fighter racks up the kind of record Gonzalez has, you are going to start hearing phrases like “the next Tito” being thrown around with breathless excitement. If Gonzalez can go to Scotland and knock off the top lightweight in the world, a new star will be born.

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Ricky Burns is a very large lightweight. His height and frame make him look closer to a welterweight, and the amount of work he must do to make the 135-pound limit no doubt contributes significantly to what is exceptional conditioning. He has a very deep gas tank and uses it to keep his legs moving all fight long.

Burns has been a professional since he was a teenager and has been fighting high-level competition since winning the super featherweight title from Ramon Martinez in 2010. He is a smart, relaxed fighter with grit, who stands up well to pressure and makes necessary adjustments during a fight.

Jose Gonzalez is a monster puncher. His knockout percentage is very high and many of them have come in spectacular fashion. Against journeyman Oscar Cuero, he connected with a body shot that forced Cuero to stand up straight, take a step back and then after a beat collapse to the canvas, finished for the night.

Fighters who know they can end things with a single punch bring an added layer of confidence with them into the ring. Gonzalez will need this, as he travels across the Atlantic to fight the much more experienced Burns, in front a crowd that will be wildly cheering every thing the Scotsman does.

Ricky Burns has only won 10 fights in his career by stoppage, giving him a knockout percentage of just over 25 percent. In his last fight against Kevin Mitchell, he managed to hit the Brit enough to stop him inside of four.

Most of Burns’ career until recently he has campaigned at 130. Like I wrote in the last slide, he’s big for a lightweight, so now that he’s stopped draining himself to junior lightweight, maybe his punches have more bang.

But he doesn’t have a track record as a big hitter, and against a guy who can pound like Gonzalez, that could make for a fine line to tread.

Jose Gonzalez hasn’t really faced a fighter who could seriously stand up to him up until now, so it is very hard to tell what his weaknesses might be. In the video I have watched of him, he comes straight forward without a lot of head movement. He’s right there to be hit, and a sturdy opponent who can hit and move and turn him at an angle might give him a lot of problems.

But it’s possible he has fought those other guys like that simply because he could. He may have more wrinkles to his game than he’s shown so far.

But his first time fighting away from his native Island, in front of a partisan crowd, is a heck of a time to have to find them.

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Burns will win if he keeps moving and doesn’t allow Gonzalez to cut off the ring. He needs to keep turning the challenger at angles, and he needs to hit him much more than he lets Gonzalez hit him.

Burns represents a huge step up in competition for Gonzalez, and he’ll be fighting for the first time in his career away from home. Burns needs to rattle his confidence early. He needs to frustrate him by making him miss and sting him with punches as he tries to cut off the ring.

Burns might not knock out a lot of opponents, but as he proved against Mitchell, he can hit hard enough to stop a world-class fighter if he keeps landing. He’ll need to maintain a high level of concentration against a banger like Gonzalez, but Burns has fought big punchers before and finished with his hand raised.

Gonzalez will win if he can manage to land on Burns with repeated flush shots. Burns is rugged and durable. He’s got a better chin than anybody Gonzalez has fought to date.

But Jose Gonzalez’s power is for real. He hasn’t fought truly high-quality opponents, but he’s been in there with seasoned pros and dropped them. Guys like that don’t just crumple up like paper unless they get hit with a legit shot.

To land that kind of shot against Burns, he is going to have to cut off the ring and trap him. He’s going to have to stay patient and not allow himself to get frustrated if Burns is managing to deflect or avoid his big punches early on.

For the most part, Gonzalez has been able to walk through people. He’s unlikely to do that against Burns. He’s probably going to lose rounds, maybe the majority of them.

So he’s going to have to keep believing in himself and his power while he waits for the chance to explode.

This is a tough one for me to come down on. Gonzalez has fought a relatively low level of competition, but the power he has displayed in those fights is hard not to take seriously.

But Burns has beaten big punchers before, and big punchers with a lot more experience than Gonzalez has.

In a sense, this reminds me of an HBO card I covered last year, which featured undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight Thomas Dulorme against Argentinian veteran Luis Abregu. Abregu cut him down and finished him in seven.

To be sure, Dulorme came in with far more hype than Gonzalez has generated. But there are similarities. Gonzalez is a hard-punching, undefeated phenom stepping up in competition to face an opponent who has been in with some of the top guys in the world.

Maybe it’s just because I am a middle-aged gym rat. But I am always inclined to come down on the side of experience.

I think Burns will be able to frustrate Gonzalez and break him down over the course of the fight. Burns can be hit, but he can take a punch and should be able to use enough movement to keep Gonzalez from landing much that is really flush.

Burns by unanimous decision, 118-110.

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Ricky Burns vs. Jose Gonzalez this Saturday, May 11th in Glasgow, Scotland

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(Photo credit: PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colon) By Scott Gilfoid: WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (35-2, 10 KO’s) will be making his third defense of his World Boxing Organization 135 pound title this Saturday night against the big punching Jose A Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KO’s) at the Emirates Arena, in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom.

The 30-year-old Burns will be getting his first taste of power since his clinch-filled 12 round decision over Michael Katsidis two years ago in London.

Since then, Burns has had two easy fights against light hitters Kevin Mitchell and Paulus Moses. Gonzalez, 29, is a much bigger puncher than Katsidis or Burns’ biggest hitting opponent to date Roman Martinez, and he’s got huge, huge power in either hand.

Gonzalez, from Puerto Rico, can punch right through guards, so if Burns is going to employ the rope and dope strategy that he used in his fight against Katsidis then I’m afraid he’s going to take a tremendous amount of punishment because you really can’t block Gonzalez’s shots because the power that he has.

The only way to try and survive against Gonzalez is to duck, dodge and run from him because if he hits you anywhere on your body you’re going to be in serious trouble.

Gonzalez is definitely the biggest puncher in the lightweight division by far and that includes WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner.

I expect that Burns will use his old arm bar and clinch techniques to keep from getting nailed by Gonzalez, but I don’t think it’s going to work.

I’ve seen some of Gonzalez’s fights where his opponents tried to hold down one of his arms the way that Burns likes to do and he kept nailing them with HUGE right hands.

Gonzalez is able to generate tremendous power even in close, so grabbing and holding one of his arms isn’t going to save Burns from punishment.

Likewise, using excellent clinches to try and tie Gonzalez up won’t work as well because he works during clinches. He doesn’t just give up passively and let his opponents survive or get rest breaks from his punishment.

Gonzalez is coming into this fight with a four-fight knockout streak that dates back to 2011. He’s stopped Alejandro Rodriguez, Oscar Cuero, Joseph Laryea and Hevinson Herrera in impressive fashion.

Burns is going to have problems taking his shots because he tends to like to slug with his opponents, but with Gonzalez you can’t do that because he hits so incredibly hard. He’ll literally punch a giant hole through Burns if he tries to slug with him.

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Burns vs. Gonzalez this Saturday, May 11th in Scotland

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SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, May 11, in the lightweight world title fight between the champion Ricky Burns and the #1 ranked Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez to be held at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Matchroom Boxing presentation.

For the bout where Scottish Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) will defend for the third time his 135 pounds WBO title against Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs), from Puerto Rico, the referee will be Russell Mora, from United States.

Meanwhile, the judges for the Burns-Gonzalez fight will be Lisa Giampa, Julie Lederman and Glenn Feldman, all three from United States.

The WBO supervisor for this fight will be Markus Aslani, from Germany.

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Chelo Gonzalez ready to dethrone Ricky Burns

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A confident Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight #1 ranked, made today his last training in Puerto Rico before his travel to Glasgow for his world title bout against the champion Ricky Burns on May 11, at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Matchroom Boxing presentation.

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Gonzalez (22-0, 17 KOs), who is also the WBO Latino champion worked today for the Puerto Rican media and showed his good condition to challenge Burns (35-2, 10 KOs) in his homeland.

“We are in the final stage of my training and I feel very good thanks to God”, Gonzalez, who is going to travel tomorrow to Scotland, said. “We have worked intensely, as always, for my fights, but with the focus in win the title.”

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Today, the Toa Baja native, who received from the Mayor Anibal Vega Borges the flag of his town, worked some rounds of pads with his trainer Roberto Nevarez, some rounds in the punching bag and hitting the speed bag.

“We are comfortable with all the work. It’s just time to work with the weight for the fight and as always we make the weight at the weigh in,” Gonzalez said.

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In his most recent fight, Gonzalez won a seventh round TKO over Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez, who was hurt and didn’t continue the fight starting that round, in a show presented on February 2, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

In Burns, a Scottish idol who is going to defend his 135 pounds belt for the third time, Gonzalez will find a former junior lightweight champion who beat Puerto Rican Roman “Rocky” Martinez (actually champion again) in 2010 to gain the crown that defended three times. Burns come off a fourth round TKO win over Kevin Mitchell in September, 2012.

“Burns is a slick fighter, a boxer who throws a lot of punches and very tricky, but I’m very focused on do what I have to do to win this fight and to bring the title to Puerto Rico,” Gonzalez said.

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Ricky Burns v Jose Gonzalez on 5/11 in Glasgow

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By Stevie Ocallaghan:

On May 11 at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland’s Ricky Burns defends his WBO Lightweight title against arguably his toughest opponent since he first won a world title in beating Roman Martinez back in September 2010.

Puerto Rican Jose Chelo Gonzalez, who comes to the ring with an impressive 22-0 with 17 stoppages is arguably taking a big step up in facing Burns but as the mandatory , deserves his chance.

Gonzalez is a huge puncher who moves really well and likes to keep a tight guard. He doesn’t waste many punches and he likes to walk opponents down. He is similar shape to Burns, big for the weight and very physically strong. It’s a good match-up.

Burns, since his win against Martinez has went from strength to strength , beating the likes of the rugged Michael Katsidis, the big hitting former champ Paulus Moses and then the impressive 4th round destruction of Kevin Mitchell. Burns is in good form himself.

It’s a good fight arguably for both as its a fight Gonzales will like, Burns isn’t the hardest to hit, but he does possess a solid chin, and Gonzalez will fancy knocking Burns out.

Burns will like this also as he has a proven track record at a higher level than Gonzalez. Burns is the ultimate professional in the way way he trains and realistically I don’t think there is a fitter fighter out there. Burns will count on his workrate to get the job done.

Both guys are 29 years old but Burns has far more experience against a higher level of fighter. Burns is 2″ taller at 5’10″ but Gonzalez has a 3″ longer reach. Both have a common denominator in Joseph Laryea. Laryea against Burns retired at the end of seven hard round with a suspected broken knuckle. At the time Buns was handily ahead. Gonzales stopped Laryea at the end of the 3rd but Laryea’s best days are now gone.

My only critic of Gonzalez opponents are that most of his fights where against guys who were on their way down, but I suppose you could say that about some of Burns’s opponents before he got the Martinez fight.
It’s a good match-up, but I can see Burns taking it on a UD. I think his big game experience will come through in the end, but in boxing you just never know.

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Chelo González destruyo a Cuero en PR

En la pelea principal del respaldo de la velada mundialista “WAR” (“La Guerra”) Vázquez Jr.-Oquendo/Fuentes-Calderón, ocurrida este sábado por la noche en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, el campeón ligero latino de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), el puertorriqueño José “Chelo” González, venció por nocaut efectivo, en el mismo primer asalto, al colombiano Oscar Cuero.

Fue un certero zarpazo de izquierda de Chelo, a la zona media de Cuero, que lo dejo de rodillas (con efecto retardado). Contemplando a su presa, totalmente indefensa y sin ninguna ofensiva que ofrecer, González fue por el “kill”, conectando toda clase de golpes y fulminando con otro gancho al cuerpo (esta vez de derecha), que dejo a Cuero muy lastimado y de rodillas, para escuchar el conteo de diez de Roberto Ramírez padre.

José González defiende con éxito su titulo latino de la OMB y avanza su record invicto a 21-0 y 16 KOs. Cuero quedo con marca de 15-9 y 11 KOs.

También en el respaldo, el contendor peso pesado boricua, Víctor Bisbal, derroto, por nocaut técnico en el séptimo asalto, a su compatriota, Alex González. Víctor Bisbal avanzo su record a 21-1 y 14 KOs. Alex González quedo con marca de 20-8 y 10 KOs.

En la misma velada, el prospecto minimosca Israel “El Heredero” Vázquez (ahora 7-0-2, 5 KOs) -hermano de Vázquez Jr. e hijo del ex triple monarca mundial Wilfredo Vázquez-, derroto por decisión en cuatro vueltas, a Desmond Correa, con puntos de 40-36 en las tres tarjetas.

El prospecto supergallo Camilo Pérez (ahora 8-0 y 4 KOs) derroto, por decisión unánime en cuatro vueltas, a Juan Cruz (ahora 5-12-2).

También, el prospecto superligero Rafael “El Pollo Blanco” González (ahora 8-1, 6 KOs) derroto, por decisión en cuatro asaltos, a William Lorenzo (ahora 2-12), con puntos de 57-57, 59-55 y 59-55.

El prospecto superligero, de Caguas, John Karl Sosa avanzo su invicto a 4-0 y 4 KOs, al vencer, por nocaut técnico en el primer asalto, a Radames Velez (ahora 1-5).

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Cuatro peleas titulares en cartel “La Guerra, Puerto Rico vs. Mexico” el sabado, 6 de octubre, en Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Cuatro combates titulares cobrarán vida en la cartelera “La Guerra, Puerto Rico vs México”, que estelarizarán los ex monarcas mundiales Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. y Rafael Márquez el sábado, 6 de octubre, en el coliseo Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, Puerto Rico, en una presentación de PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), en asociación con All Star Boxing, Top Rank y Promociones Zanfer, que será transmitido por el sistema de “Pay Per View” para todos los sistemas de cable y satélite.

“Éste va a ser el evento del año, ya que presentaremos cuatro peleas titulares en el Rubén Rodríguez de Bayamón, con Papito (Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.) enfrentándose a Rafael Márquez, a Iván Calderón en busca del título mundial de Moisés Fuentes, a Jonathan Oquendo contra José “Miau” Nieves y también a José “Chelo” González exponiendo su título. Así que será un gran cartel el que presentaremos el 6 de octubre, será una verdadera “guerra””, dijo el promotor Iván Rivera, presidente de PRBBP.

El choque estelar presentará al ex titular supergallo de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB), Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), contra el ex monarca mundial gallo y supergallo, Rafael Márquez (41-7, 37 KOs), disputando el cetro Internacional de las 122 libras de la OMB, en pleito a 12 asaltos, además de colocarse el ganador a las puertas de una oportunidad mundial. En estos momentos, Márquez está clasificado sexto por la OMB en el peso supergallo y Vázquez Jr. está número ocho.

En el turno coestelar, el mexicano Moisés Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) expondrá su correa de peso mínimo (105 libras) de la OMB frente al ex doble campeón mundial, el puertorriqueño Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs), quien tuvo este cinturón por varios años y lo defendió exitosamente en 12 ocasiones. Calderón está clasificado número tres por la OMB en las 105 libras.

Otro de los encuentros principales contará con el regreso al cuadrilátero del contendor supergallo Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), en su primera pelea en más de un año, cuando se mida a su compatriota José “Miau” Nieves (20-2-3, 9 KOs) por el título supergallo Latino de la OMB a 10 asaltos. Actualmente, Oquendo es el tercer clasificado de la OMB en las 122 libras, mientras que Nieves está décimo en el peso gallo.

En la otra pelea que formará parte de la transmisión televisiva, el invicto José “Chelo” González (20-0, 15 KOs) defenderá su título ligero Latino de la OMB ante un rival por anunciarse, a 10 rounds. González está ranqueado en este momento número cuatro mundialmente por la OMB en las 135 libras.

“Estos cuatro combates titulares irán en la transmisión de televisión por “Pay Per View””, manifestó Rivera, quien informó que próximamente se brindarán más detalles del resto del programa.

Los boletos para la cartelera “La Guerra” están a la venta en Ticketcenter, llamando al (787) 792-5000 o en la página cibernética www.tcpr.com. Los precios son de $20 Entrada General, $40 Preferencia, $75 Palcos, $125 “Ring Side” y $250 “Red Carpet”.

Por: Aleudi Rosario

Fotos: José Pérez

 

 

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GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO- After a non stop action in 2011, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presents its agenda for this 2012 when multiple events will be made from Puerto Rico to the World.

The successful series “A Puño Limpio”, that started in 2011 with 8 events and great prospects and contenders in action on WAPA America will be back with 10 shows this 2012. Also will be back the series “San Juan Boxing Nights”, as part of the Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate events, with 5 cards. Showtime will present the revenge between WBO Featherweight champion Orlando Salido and former two time champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on March 10 at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente. “Pay Per View” shows and DIRECTV exclusive events will complete this year for PRBBP.
“We have a full agenda for this 2012 with about 20 events in Puerto Rico. We will present shows from January and month after month for the boxing fans”, Promoter Ivan Rivera, PRBBP president, said. “In these shows you will see our former champions with their chances to win titles again, our contenders in title fights and our prospects in action”.
PRBBP will start this 2012 with the return of the series “San Juan Boxing Nights” this Saturday, January 21 at the coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in Hato Rey, San Juan, in a show to be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate. “San Juan Boxing Nights” will return on March 24, May 19, August 18 and October 13.
While, the series “A Puño Limpio” will be back on February 3 from the coliseo Luis Aymat in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico live on WAPA América (9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET). “A Puño Limpio” returns Friday, March 2 at the coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada in Salinas. Then, Friday, April 13, Friday, May 4, Friday, June 1, Friday, July 6, Friday, August 3, Friday, September 7, Friday, October 5 and Friday, November 2. Venues will be announced.
About boxers, Lopez will be face Salido on March 10, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), the former 105 and 108 pounds champion, will challenge WBO mínimum champion Moises Fuentes son. Calderon is the WBO #2 ranked in 105 pounds. Meanwhile, former WBO junior lightweight champion and current #4 ranked Roman “Rocky” Martinez (25-1-1, 16 KOs) must fight in a title bout or a title eliminator fight in theses months.

Also, world contenders as Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (22-2, 15 KOs), Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (18-0, 13 KOs), WBO ranked #2 and #5 in the 122 and 135 divisions, respectively, superflyweight WBO #4 ranked Juan Mercedes (26-3, 17 KOs), former WB supermiddleweight champion Manuel Alejandro Siaca (24-7, 20 KOs) and junior middleweight contender Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (21-2-1, 20 KOs), will have their chances.

PRBBP prospects as amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (9-1, 8 KOs) and David Quijano (13-2-1, 9 KOs) will headline the first “San Juan Boxing Nights”. Unbeatens McJoe Arroyo (9-0, 5 KOs) and Luis Joel Gonzalez (9-0-1, 5 KOs) in the first “A Puño Limpio”. Also, in action soon Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (7-0, 6 KOs), Camilo Perez (6-0, 4 KOs),  Rafael Gonzalez (6-0, 6 KOs), Kenneth Diaz (3-0, 3 KOs), Carlos Negron (13-1, 9 KOs), Victor Bisbal (19-1, 13 KOs) and Osenohan Vazquez (4-1, 2 KOs).

PRBBP will present a DIRECTV event on April 28 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and two Pay Per View shows on August 25 and October 20 in venues to be announced.

 

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