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A member of Marco Antonio Barrera’s training team for several years, Gonzalez learned his craft and was a successful amateur, winning a Golden Gloves title at 17. By 18, he was a professional, chasing his dream of becoming a world champion.
Most young men spend their 18th birthday going to parties or hanging out with friends and family. Gilberto Gonzalez was working, making his professional boxing debut with a four-round decision win over Juan Flores on November 18, 2005. He wouldn’t want it any other way. “I have always wanted to box since I was a child,” Gonzalez said. “My father was an avid boxing fan and he would take me to boxing events. The first one I can remember was Julio Cesar Chavez in Mexico City. After that, I wanted to be a boxer.” A member of Marco Antonio Barrera’s training team for several years, Gonzalez learned his craft and was a successful amateur, winning a Golden Gloves title at 17. By 18, he was a professional, chasing his dream of becoming a world champion. Tearing out of the gates, Gonzalez compiled a stellar 18-2 record in his first 20 fights and won the interim WBC Youth Lightweight Title in 2010 when he defeated Daniel “Coco” Hernandez. A controversial setback to 45-fight veteran Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez in July of 2012 slowed him down slightly, but he hasn’t lost since, winning eight bouts in a row, including a major victory over 15-0 Jeffrey Fontanez in August of 2014. “It was my big test,” Gonzalez said. “And I knocked him out in the fifth round.” Wins over David “Nene” Rangel, Hevinson Herrera, and Luis “El Vampiro” Arceo – all by knockout – have followed for the 28-year-old Mexico City native, who hopes to make his move on the lightweight elite in 2016.