Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City on Monday died from a brain injury sustained in Saturday’s 10th-round knockout loss to countryman Jesus Galicia in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, who was just 23, had been declared brain-dead Sunday. He went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career that began in March 2007 in Mexico, when he was still a month shy of his 17th birthday.
Gonzalez had won three consecutive fights, including one over former super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April.
Featherweight Oscar Gonzalez of Mexico City has been declared brain-dead after he was knocked out in the 10th round by countryman Jesus Galicia on Saturday in Mexico City, according to several reports.
Gonzalez, 23, went 23-3 with 14 knockouts during a seven-year career. He was riding a three-fight winning streak. Included therein was a unanimous decision over Rico Ramos of Pico Rivera this past April in Shelton, Wash.
Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan on Saturday decked Osumanu Adama three times and stopped Adama at 1:20 of the seventh round to retain his middleweight title in the main event from Monte Carlo, Monaco. There was no American television feed.
Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) – with a knockout ratio of 89.6 percent – sent Adama to the canvas in the first, sixth and seventh rounds to earn his 16th consecutive victory by knockout. Golovkin is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez out of his gym in Big Bear.
Adama, of Ghana, is 22-4.
Victor Ortiz of Ventura had not been in the ring since June 2012, when his jaw was broken by Josesito Lopez in the ninth round at Staples Center. His return was not a happy one.
Southpaw Luis Collazo on Thursday night caught Ortiz with a clean right hook near the end of the second round, and knocked out Ortiz officially at 2:59 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Ortiz took a couple of more minor punches on the way down, went to both knees and never came close to rising.
Collazo, 32, of Brooklyn, is a former welterweight champion. He is now 35-5 with 18 knockouts. Ortiz, 27 on Friday, is also a former welterweight champion. He is now 29-5-2 and has lost three consecutive bouts.
Super lightweight champion Danny Garcia of Philadelphia will defend his two championship belts March 15 against Mauricio Herrera of Riverside at Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico (on Showtime), Golden Boy Promotions announced.
Garcia was born and raised in Philadelphia, and is of Puerto Rican descent.
“I’m a proud Puerto Rican and even though Herrera is a tough challenger, there is no way I’m losing in Puerto Rico,” said Garcia, 25; he is 27-0 with 16 knockouts.
Herrera, 33, is 20-3 with just seven knockouts. But he does have a January 2011 victory over current world champion Ruslan Provodnikov.
“I’ve waited a long time for a fight like this, and while I know Garcia is the favorite, I won’t be underestimated,” Herrera said. “I love the underdog role and I’m going to shock the world on March 15.”
The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry on Thursday ruled that the Jan. 3 fight between super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic and Rances Barthelemy of Cuba held at Target Center in Minneapolis be changed to a no-decision result, ESPN.com reported.
Barthelemy was originally given credit for a second-round knockout when he kept throwing after the second-round bell and knocked out Mendez. Even though Barthelemy was clearly guilty of a foul, referee Pete Podgorski did not rule as such and instead counted out Mendez.
The ruling also means Mendez will get his title belt back from Barthelemy, though the report indicated the IBF will likely order a rematch.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been named Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America for the second time.
Mayweather, 36, fought twice in 2013, thoroughly dominating both of his opponents. Mayweather won a wide decision over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in May at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Four months later, in September at the same venue, Mayweather won a majority decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, taking Alvarez’s junior middleweight title along the way. That was the fight in which judge C.J. Ross unbelievably scored the fight a draw; she took an enormous amount of heat and consequently walked away from the sport. In reality, it was another one-sided victory by Mayweather.
Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, is expected to soon announce the identity of his next opponent.
Freddie Roach has been named Trainer of the Year for the sixth time by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Roach, who most notably trains Manny Pacquiao, trains fighters out of his Wild Card gym in Hollywood.
“It’s good to be back,” said Roach, who also won the award in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. :”We had one year off when it seemed like nothing was going our way. But last year it all came together again. I’d like to thank the BWAA for this honor and even though I may be the recipient, I represent the collective efforts of the most talented and hardest-working fighters and assistant trainers in the world, and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.”
Vanes Martirosyan, a world-class junior middleweight from Glendale, has signed a promotional contract with Goossen Tutor Promotions after fighting the first eight years of his pro career with Top Rank Inc.
“I’m really excited about signing with Goossen Tutor Promotions,” said the 27-year-old Martirosyan, a 2004 U.S. Olympian. “I see a very bright future ahead of us.”
Martirosyan in November had his first shot at a world title but was defeated by Demetrius Andrade via split-decision.
“Having tasted defeat for the first time really woke me up and I never want that bitter taste in my mouth again,” said Martirosyan, 33-1-1 with 21 knockouts.
Promoter Dan Goossen is stoked to have acquired Martirosyan.