Golden Boy Holds Final Gonzalez-Montiel Presser

By Darren Nichols


Golden Boy Holds Final Gonzalez-Montiel Presser

The Golden Marathon of World Class action continues!

On Wednesday, Golden Boy Promotions staged a press conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, where the WBO Bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will put his title on the line against the WBO 115-pound champ Fernando Montiel this Saturday on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. 

In what is already a boxing purist’s dream on paper, Gonzalez (32-4, 28 KO’s), is eager to make his second title defense against the always exciting Montiel (32-1-1, 24 KO’s), who is vying for his third WBO belt in three different weight classes. 

Both fighters have been on a win streak for over three years, and a win on Saturday could propel the victor into big money fights. With Gonzalez’ last three bouts ending in knockout victories, and Montiel having stopped four of his last six opponents, neither combatant will give up much ground from the opening bell to the last.

In the co-featured bout Saturday night, two undefeated warriors will put their “O” on the line, with only one man walking away with their perfect record in tact, and bigger fights down the pipeline.  Southpaw Paul Williams, who has garnered a lot of excitement and attention in the boxing world with his resemblance of a primed Tommy “the Hit Man” Hearns faces off against the dangerous Walter Matthysse.  Even though they both possess huge knock out power, Matthysse has only had one of his 25 fights go the distance, and that was in his fourth pro fight.  Williams, who is 29-0 with 21 KO’s is fresh off his win against Sergio Rios last month, and is ready to prove to fight fans that he will be the better man come Saturday night. With two power punchers going toe-to-toe in the squared circle, an exhilarating battle is sure to ensue, and it is almost certain that the final bell will not toll.

Also on the card this Saturday is the powerhouse sensation Daniel Ponce De Leon (27-1, 25 KO’s) taking on the undefeated Alejandro Barrera (18-0, 12KO’s) in De Leon’s first title defense of his WBO 122-pound title.  De Leon is out to prove that he is a true champion in his division, and that by Saturday’s end, Barrera’s “O” will be no more.