Press Release: On January 18th, Danny "El Gallo" Gonzalez (17-1-1 with 7 KOs) of Woodhaven, NY looks to seize a huge by taking on former WBO 140-pound champion Chris Algieri (22-3 with 8 KOs). at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Puerto Rican Gonzalez is taking on a former sparring in Algieri. For his part, Algieri is in the comeback stage of his career at the age of 34.
Gonzalez, age 28, sees a chance to advance his career to the next level. "A win over Algieri will most definitely put me in the spotlight, and hopefully turn me from a prospect to a contender while showing my friends and family how dedicated I've been to the sport."
Promoter Joe DeGuardia is pitting what he calls his two brightest stars against each other on a big stage in order to elevate the status of two fighters who know how to please a crowd.
While the focus on this match-up is whether or not Algieri can return to former glory and higher pay days, Gonzalez has dreamed of the chance to fight for a title since he first started training under the tutelage of head coach Moises Roman Jr. as an overweight teen looking to get in to shape over ten years ago.
Overlooked by general observers and his opponent alike, motivation is at an all-time high "I'm self-motivated, I only care about the opinions of my team... I believe in myself, I haven't shown my full potential yet in the ring. I guarantee the best version of myself will show up January 18th, and I will shock the world."
When asked on changes made for this camp Gonzalez had this to say: "The training is aggressive and focused like always but for this camp we brought in Felipe Gomez to sharpen up my movement and cutting off the ring, while focusing on my defense." Taking place at 140 pounds over ten rounds, fitness is paramount when facing an opponent known to use up the whole ring, but a different approach was taken since the young fighter's sole loss (to Danny O'Connor in 2017).
"I'm having fun and enjoying the training...I'm more open minded, setting a strategy for my opponent and not overworking myself while in camp." Both men are known for their high levels of physical fitness as well as high punch outputs through contrasting styles.
Having shared camps together and formed a friendship, "El Gallo" plans on putting their personal relationship on hold in pursuit of his goals; "The fans can expect an extremely entertaining fight from start to finish, I'm coming to bring an all-out war as I see Chris as an obstacle in my way. I'm coming to break him down and show him he can't compete with a hungrier, younger rooster like me. He is no longer my idol, now he's my rival and I will not be denied victory."