20, Gonzalez, now 8-0 (4), will attempt to win
his first pro championships, the Universal Boxing
Inter-Continental and South America Welterweight
titles, when he squares off with Colombian Jose
Luis Prieto, 28-10 (18), in Manta, Ecuador.
an amateur Gonzalez travelled to Los Angeles in
2018, and started working out at the famous Wild
Card Gym. When Paquiao, also training there, was
preparing to fight Adrien Broner, Gonzalez
offered his services for sparring, and did so
well that he was asked to be a regular on the
helped Pacquiao get ready for his fights with
Keith Thurman and Yordenis Ugas, and the many
rounds of sparring, hours of road-work and
invaluable advice from a living legend, has
possibly helped Gonzalez progress as a fighter
more than anything else.
doesn't just want to emulate Pacquiao in the gym.
His plan is to build a huge fan-base in his
ancestral homeland, just like “The Pacman” has
done in the Philippines, and eventually push
Ecuadorian boxing to new heights.
against Prieto will be his fifth straight outing
in Ecuador, and another step towards reaching his
goal of one day becoming a world champion.
successful, he would be only the second Ecuadorian
world champion in history, following current IBO
Super Middleweight ruler Carlos Gongora.
all the tools to be a major star in Ecuador, but
first he will have to get past the much more
experienced Prieto and win the UBO
Inter-Continental and South America
Capital Box, the fight will be televised live by
Ecuador TV and streamed world-wide