Puerto Rico has defeated Mexico in another episode, another page of one of the greatest rivalries in the world of professional boxing between both nations; Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González managed to defeat Mexican Elwin ‘La Pulga’ Soto by way of a split decision and established himself as the new world flyweight champion of the World Boxing Organization.

The 3 judges had the same score 116-112 for both boxers, with the difference that 2 saw the Puerto Rican boxer as the clear winner of the fight, while the remaining one awarded his scorecard to the now former Aztec world champion, Soto.

The fight was one where the Puerto Rican Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González used a lot his technical and tactical superiority where he was able to apply in all 12 rounds of the fight, his mobility, constant jabbing and a defense that avoided in much of the fight. big hits that Elwin Soto was sending through all rounds of the fight. The Mexican was always the man who sought the duel at close range, always forcing the fight and going forward, but this time it was not as effective as in his past fights.

However, at the end of the day, the intelligence and mental and spiritual strength that Jonathan ‘Bomba’ González showed, had its fruits and he became the new world champion in the fly category and opted as one of the best boxers in the news of all of Puerto Rico, while at the moment, Elwin Soto, despite the defeat, will surely take a rest time but will return much stronger and a new World title chance should not take long to reach him, given all the talent he has in his fists and the great wars he offers fans on the ring.

Photo by Ed Mulholland

Miami Fla: America’s #1 boxing program on Hispanic television returns to resume their well-known series. All Star Boxing’ Inc the exclusive content provider for Boxeo Telemundo announced today that the series will begin on Friday, August 14th, and continue to the following Fridays on the 21st, 28th, and Sept 4th.

All Star Boxing’s CEO, Tuto Zabala, Jr announced today that all shows will be held at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida under a studio setting. The shows will be for broadcast only and no public will be in attendance for precautionary reasons.

The Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida has been the home of All Star Boxing, Inc for over 20 years. In the past several months All Star has been working with local government officials along with the local tourism council, Experience Kissimmee, to be able to launch the new Boxeo Telemundo LIVE concept.

In action during the series, we expect to see, WBO Jr. Welterweight NABO Champion, Yomar “The Magic” Alamo, WBO Jr. Flyweight Champion, Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, Ranked #7 WBA, #13 WBO, Internationally recognized Top Prospect from Colombia Flyweight Jose Soto, Mexico’s prospect Antonio “Tony” Moran and many more Boxeo Telemundo’s favorite

Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Gonzalez gave Kosei Tanaka fits for a while in today’s WBO flyweight title fight in Nagoya, Japan, but the home fighter found the sweet spot and poured on the body work for a seventh round stoppage, retaining his 112-pound title.

Tanaka (14-0, 8 KO) had clear problems with the southpaw style and quick feet of Gonzalez (22-3-1, 13 KO) in the first couple of rounds, but dropped the visiting challenger with a body shot in the third. Gonzalez, though, was undeterred, and scored a questionable knockdown of his own, landing a cuffing left hand that landed on the back of Tanaka’s neck, which was ruled a knockdown.

Gonzalez kept boxing effectively and neutering much of Tanaka’s offense in the fifth round, but Tanaka started finding the body again a bit in the sixth, setting up a monster seventh round where he dropped Gonzalez three times, forcing a stoppage by referee Celestino Ruiz. It has to be said that Gonzalez got up every single time, despite obvious pain, and on the final two times he rose from the canvas, the Japanese fans reacted with genuine shock and admiration for his toughness.

Still, the fight being stopped when it was was fair enough — Gonzalez probably could have continued on, but Tanaka had flipped the switch and was mowing him down, living up to his status as the man widely considered the top 112-pound fighter in boxing today.

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Photo by Andre Ueda

However much longer Kosei Tanaka chooses to remain at flyweight, he can officially look forward to at least one more title defense.

The unbeaten three-division and reigning 112-pound titlist made weight for Saturday’s mandatory title fight versus Puerto Rico’s Jonathan ‘Bomba’ Gonzalez. Both boxers came in right at the 112-pound limit for the bout, which takes place at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in Tanaka’s hometown of Nagoya, Japan.

Tanaka (13-0, 7KOs) will attempt the second defense of the flyweight crown he claimed in this very venue 11 months ago. The former strawweight and junior flyweight titlist prevailed in a scorching 12-round win over Sho Kimura last September, which was rightly hailed by BoxingScene.com and several other outlets as the 2018 Fight of the Year.

It also placed the 24-year old rising star in the record books. The three-division title heist in just 12 pro bouts matched the record-establishing feat by WBO Unified Champion Vasiliy Lomachenko just five months prior, although there remains room to potentially one-up the Ukrainian wunderkind.

Saturday’s bout versus Gonzalez (22-2-1, 13KOs) could be his last as a flyweight, as rumors have swirled of Tanaka eventually moving up in weight.

Catching his eye is a mouth-watering in-country clash with future Hall of Fame four-division titlist Kazuto Ioka, who is currently negotiating terms for a 115-pound mandatory title defense versus unbeaten Puerto Rico-bred contender Jeyvier Cintron.

Before that plays out, both have significant business in front of them.

Gonzalez travels to Japan for the first time in his career, along with gunning for his first major title. The 28-year old southpaw enters riding a four-fight win streak, including a 10-round win over Julian Yedras—whom Tanaka defeated for his first major title at strawweight more than four years ago.

The bout will air live on CBC and TBS in Japan. External markets can watch via livestream on RingTV.com, beginning at 2:00am ET/11:00pm PT with a scheduled 10-round flyweight bout between Tanaka stablemate Kento Hatakana (9-0, 9KOs) and Philippines’ Jaysever Abcede (19-8, 12KOs).

By Jake Donovan / BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

Puerto Rican Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, the mandatory challenger against WBO flyweight titlist Kosei Tanaka, arrived in Nagoya, Japan, on Saturday, when there were many press people and cameramen welcoming the southpaw challenger.

Our first impression was his size with a 5’2” height, which might mean his speed and agility since he had acquired some important world youth championship medals prior to his entry into the paid ranks. Bomba (22-2-1-1NC, 13 KOs), 28, is the son of his father/manager/trainer and formerly two-time Golden Glove flyweight winner, Luis Gonzalez.

Bomba confidently said upon his arrival at the airport, “I believe I’m faster than Tanaka. I will outspeed him and wrest his WBO belt to bring it back to Puerto Rico without doubt.”

Their highly expected confrontation will take place next Saturday at the Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Nagoya, where Kosei, during his reign as WBO 108-pound champ, defeated previously unbeaten Puerto Rican challenger Angel Acosta on a unanimous decision by decking the unblemished KO artist in May, 2017. Acosta is now the WBO junior flyweight titleholder.

The promoter Kiyoshi Hatanaka, former WBC 122-pound titlist, smiled at Bomba’s great confidence and eloquence as well. We look forward to watching very fast eye-catching rallies of the speedsters.

Report, Photo by Joe Koizumi / fightnews.com

Kosei Tanaka vs. Jonathan Gonzalez in Play For August 24

According to the agenda of the Japan Boxing Commission, there will be a world title clash on August 24 at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena in the city of Nagoya, the capital of the province of Aich, where the unbeaten world champion of the World Boxing Organization (WBO), Kosei Tanaka (13-0, 7 KOs), will make a second defense of his title against the WBO top rated challenger Jonathan “Bomba” González (22-2-1, 13 KOs).

Tanaka says “I intend to win by KO by resorting to my fast style of boxing.”

The Japanese punches has not scored a knockout since March of last year.

Tanaka was crowned the WBO flyweight king in August 2018 in the city of Nagoya by defeating Sho Kimura by decision in a wild twelve round war.

His most recent fight was in the city of Gifu, in March, when he made a successful first defense by imposing himself to get a decision over former WBA Ryoichi Taguchi.

After the second defense against Gonzalez, Tanaka could go up to super flyweight in search of his fourth world title according to the boxer’s manager Kiyoshi Hatanaka, the president of Hatanaka Boxing Gym.

Gonzalez won his last four bouts in a row, after stopping Juan Alejo in his last fight back in November 2018.

Via Hisao Adachi / boxingscene.com


Jonathan González y Giovani Segura se miraron fijamente durante el encuentro con los medios ayer. (andre.kang@gfrmedia.com)
Por Raúl Álzaga-

Mientras  el mexicano Giovani Segura prefirió hablar de lo bien que lo ha  pasado en Puerto Rico y evitó  comentar sobre  Jonathan “Bomba” González durante la conferencia de prensa de hoy, el cagüeño no tuvo  la misma cortesía.

Por el contrario, González optó por hacer referencia a expresiones previas de Segura y le aseguró que se tendrá que tragar sus palabras durante el pleito estelar de Noche de Campeones DirecTV, el sábado, en el Hotel San Juan.

“Él (Segura) se puso a decir en los medios que soy inmaduro, pero el sábado voy a demostrar la clase de hombre que soy”, dijo González.

“A pesar de que solo tengo 13 peleas como profesional, tuve 126 combates como aficionado. Fui a México, a Cuba y por todo el mundo a pelear. He peleado con estilos como el suyo  y esas cositas me van a dar la victoria el sábado”, agregó.

Por su parte, Segura (29-3 con 25 KO), quien venció en dos ocasiones por la vía rápida al elusivo Iván Calderón y reinó como monarca de las 108 libras de la Organización Mundial de Boxeo (OMB),  fue un poco más expresivo en un aparte con la prensa y manifestó que González podría ser una presa más fácil.

“(González) es más fácil de noquear, es más fácil de rajarlo. Creo que su estilo y el mío, que va de choque, hace interesante esta pelea. Definitivamente va a terminar por nocaut”, afirmó Segura.

“Desde el  primer round se dará cuenta de lo fuerte que estoy. Me siento más fuerte en 112 libras y él (González) se dará cuenta”, advirtió.

thumbs_press-conf-gonzalez-vs-segura4Este próximo sábado en la pelea estelar de Noche de Campeones Direct TV en el Ballroom del Hotel San Juan, el invicto González prometió demostrarle al ex campeón mundial Segura cuán hombre es.

González, a su vez, respondió  cuestionando la estrategia de Segura.

“Él presiona mucho, trabaja mucho en los golpes bajos y le han quitado puntos recientemente. Viene como un toro, pero nos vamos a  zafar y nos va a ir muy bien”, dijo González. “Él tiene que preguntarse dos cosas: si  pega y  le aguanto, ¿qué hará? Y si  me muevo como sé moverme y soy  el que le pego duro, ¿qué pasará?”.