Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Tomas
Villa WBC Featherweight Bout Added To Williams vs. Lara
WBC Featherweight Champion, Jhonny Gonzalez, returns to the
ring on a Televisa broadcast, after becoming a three-time
World Champion this past April when he traveled to Japan to
knockout the defending World Champion, Hozumi Haswegawa in
the 4th round.
With Mexico's premier television network televising prior to
the live HBO broadcast, Gonzalez will showcase his
devastating power-punching skills against the tough Texan,
Tomas "El Norteño" Villa, on July 9 at the Boardwalk Hall in
Atlantic City with the 12-round bout between Paul "The
Punisher" Williams and undefeated Cuban Erislandy Lara, in
what will be the first defense of Gonzalez under the
promotional partnership between Del Pueblo Promotions and
Goossen Tutor Promotions.
Fights between Mexicans and Mexico-Americans have been
historic in the international boxing landscape for many
years, including one's between the great Ruben "Puas"
Olivares and Bobby Chacon; Oscar de la Hoya vs. Julio Cesar
Chavez; "Jessie" James Leija against Gabriel Ruelas; Juan
Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz, along with many others, and
Televisa jumped at the chance to spotlight Gonzalez as he
looks to join these elite ranks with his challenge against
"El Norteño," as Villa is commonly referred to, is a true
warrior of the ring. In his last bout Villa thoroughly
outgunned Salvador Sanchez II, and believes he can do the
same with the Mexican World Champion.
"It's a dream for me fighting for a World Championship after
10 years of hard work. I will fight to the finish and do
everything I can to become World Champion," Villa said.
Gonzalez, along with his recently inducted Hall of Fame
manager and trainer, Ignacio Beristain, have their sight on
keeping the title against the rugged Villa.
Gonzalez stated, "I've got the best of both worlds, fighting
in the U.S. and letting my fans see me in Mexico on Televisa.
I will go out there and do what fans love to see from their
fighters, look to knock Villa out cold!"
Oswaldo Kuchkle of Del Pueblo Promotions said it was the
opportunity needed for Jhonny to be able to go that next
step. "With Televisa and HBO present, what better way for
Jhonny to make a statement that he's willing to fight any of
the other champions. We would like to bring (Orlando) Salido
or (Elio) Rojas to Mexico in a big event or (Yuriorkis)
Gamboa if he's up to the challenge."