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An emotional Jonathan Lopez ‘blacked out’ and defeated Mexican Jose Santos Gonzalez in a straight left early this Sunday morning (19) in San Diego, California (USA). The event was a broadcast via ESPN on Star+.
The 20-year-old American boxer’s first-round blow against his 33-year-old opponent is sure to be among the best knockouts of the year.
At super featherweight (up to 59 kg, Brazil’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist in Rio, Robson Conceição) is no match for Lopez.
First, he was trained by Mexican Eddie Reynoso, a legend among boxing trainers and his most famous student was Mexican multi-champion Sal ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Second, he is undefeated after 13 fights on his record, now 9 wins by knockout.
Yes, this time the opponent is 13 years older and already has a career pedigree of 35 fights (23 wins, 11 losses and 1 draw).
Gonzalez, who has lost eight of his last nine fights, has not been in a competitive ring since December of last year (a loss to Diego de la Hoya).
Regardless of this, and not doing his part, Jonathan Lopez fought four times in 2023 (there were three in 2022). The last was on June 2nd against Mexican Eduardo Baez, who had already challenged (and lost) his compatriot Emanuel Navarrete for the division title in August of last year.
Lopez defeated Pace by unanimous decision, ending the American’s streak of 6 knockouts. If so, the youngster has got everything to be one of the biggest names in boxing for years to come.
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