[Interview on February 4, 2020] On Friday, March 20, 2020, 26-year-old, super flyweight Angel Gonzalez, Jr. of Hartford, Connecticut will be making his pro debut at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts on the undercard of the Shearns Boxing Promotions card at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, Massachusetts. This is the 1st professional boxing card held in Framingham.
Pattee Mak: Congrats on turning pro. Going from the amateurs to the pro’s is a major step. Before we get into your upcoming bout, how many amateur fights have you fought?
Gonzalez: I have a little over 50 fights (45-6).
Pattee Mak: You are a 4x time New England Champ at 114 pounds. Did you skip the gloves this year since you are turning pro on the 20th and it could interfere with the Nationals and training?
Gonzalez: Yes, I skipped the gloves. My mind focus is straight pro. I have competed in the Nationals several times as well as have won the Ringside Nationals 2010, 2013 and National Pal 2014 at 114 lbs. as well. I feel winning the Golden Gloves and competing at the National level has prepared for the pros. It’s time. I’m more than ready!
Pattee Mak: How did you get into amateur boxing?
Gonzalez: My dad was also a 3-time New England Champ and professional fighter. It was natural, I was born in and around a boxing gym. It’s the family business. Team Gonzalez.
Pattee Mak: Besides winning the gloves, what other amateur titles do you hold?
Gonzalez: Beside the Gloves I have won:
2010 - Ringside National Champion 108 lbs.
2013 - Ringside Champion 114 lbs.
2014 - National Pal Champion 114 lbs.
Pattee Mak: Do you have an opponent yet?
Gonzalez: We have a few opponents in mind but are still finalizing this process.
Pattee Mak: Do you find it hard to train for an upcoming bout and not knowing who you’ll be fighting?
Gonzalez: Not at all. We prepare for whoever they send us. I’m already on weight and in shape. Not worried at all. I trust my team will pick the right person and I will do my job in the ring.
Pattee Mak: Because of your weight, do you think it’ll be hard to find opponents for you in the future? You might have to go up in weight.
Gonzalez: Not at all. We are in New England which may not have as many fighters in my weight, but Midwest and West coast has a ton. Not worried at all. My team will make sure I stay active. Actually, the good things about the lower weight class is that 10-15 fight tops you’re fighting for a title, less opponents in the lower weights and let’s not forget Michael Carbajal made a million dollars in my weight and lower. The weight is not an issue for me or my team.
Pattee Mak: Bring on the Millions.
Pattee Mak: Are you still training with Bare Bones Boxing?
Gonzalez: No, I don’t not train at Barebones Boxing. Barebones is a fitness and Amateur Boxing gym. As a Pro fighter I now have to transition to a gym and a team that handles pros it’s much different. I train in Florida with Patrick Washington out of Winter Springs, Florida, UFC Boxing Gym and I finalize his camp up here in Connecticut In Meriden at Meriden Sports Zone.
Team Gonzalez consists of:
Ángel González Sr. - Chief 2nd (dad), CT
Patrick Washington – Trainer, FL
Jorge Leon Nieves – Cutman, CT
Nate Torres – Manager, CT
Pattee Mak: Who do you compare your style of fighting with someone from the New England area?
Gonzalez: Angel González Sr with a little more Boxing. I Brawl but can Box as well.
Pattee Mak: Ring name and what music are you coming out to?
Gonzalez: We haven’t decided on music yet just training at this time.
Pattee Mak: Thank you for this interview. Contact Gonzalez for tickets.
Gonzalez: Thank you for this interview.
The above fight is subject to change.
Tickets prices are $75,.00 ringside (rows 1-3), $60.00 (seated), $45.00 standing room, and VIP tables (of 10) for $1000.00 and may be purchased from Angel Gonzalez.
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