Puerto Rican Future
4 KO's In 4 Fights Last Friday Night In Ponce
Four of Puerto Rico's most promising young fighters were
victorious on Friday night in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as
Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez, Thomas Dulorme, Jose
Pedraza and Luis Orlando del Valle all kept their unbeaten
records intact with intimidating displays of power.
Making his junior lightweight pro debut, highly touted
former Olympian Jose Pedraza destroyed Felix Manuel Rivera
in 1:24 of the first round. Pedraza began his journey to a
world championship by overwhelming his opponent in
impressive fashion. Despite Rivera's solid amateur pedigree
(he was 86-5), Pedraza's forceful combinations and thudding
body shots quickly had him down and in need of rescue.
The formidable Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez brought his
record to a perfect 12-0 with 12 KOs by stopping West
Virginia veteran Chad Greenleaf in the first round. Few
154-lb fighters in the world can withstand Gonzalez's
brutality and Greenleaf was no exception. Precise volleys of
cannon fire to the head and body had Greenleaf in need of
saving by referee Luis Pabon at 2:49.
Adopted Puerto Rican via the Caribbean welterweight, Thomas
"The French" Dulorme (9-0, 8 KOs), needed just two rounds to
dismantle opponent Jorge Delgado. A tough Pennsylvanian,
Delgado had not been stopped since 2003 before running into
Dulorme's pulverizing fists.
And the newest member of the team, Luis Orlando del Valle,
moved to 12-0, 10 KOs by stopping fellow Puerto Rican Irvin
Hernandez at 2:49 of round six. Del Valle is the New York
State Featherweight Champion and a threat to someday
overtake Juan Manuel Lopez as the boxing-rich island's top
Puerto Rico's Jorge Maysonet Jr (1-0, 1 KO) had his opponent
fall out at the last minute and will instead fight next
Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment, Warriors
Boxing and Universal Promotions are putting together a team
of elite Puerto Rican boxing talent. With the combined
backing of four of the sport's most well-known and prominent
promoters, the team's members will be developed and groomed
into the sport's top world champions.