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Jonathan Gonzalez Eyes Redemption Against Rene Santiago

With two months already behind us, the spotlight now falls on the WBO light flyweight champion, Jonathan Gonzalez, as he prepares to defend his title against Rene Santiago in Puerto Rico on Saturday, March 2.



Jonathan Gonzalez


Gonzalez, often overlooked in the division, aims to make a statement after a near 15-month layoff. His return is eagerly anticipated, especially after the recent successes of other light flyweights. Kenshiro Teraji has unified the WBA and WBC titles, while Sivenathi Nontshinga reclaimed the IBF title with a thrilling knockout victory over Adrian Curiel.


"I am ready, I am ready to make history, I want to beat Rene so bad,"

Gonzalez declared at a recent media workout. Working with managers Amanda Serrano and Jordan Maldonado, Gonzalez is determined to show his worth after a challenging 2023, marked by fight cancellations due to illness.


With a record of 27-3-1, including 14 knockouts, Gonzalez is confident in his abilities. "It doesn’t matter [how many belts] other fighters have in my weight class," he stated. "I truly think in my heart, and in my mind, and [my] skills, that I am the best [108 lbs] fighter in the world."

Drawing inspiration from Terence Crawford's rise to undisputed welterweight champion, Gonzalez sees himself following a similar path. Despite only holding the WBO welterweight title at the time, Crawford proved himself as the best in the world. Gonzalez aims to do the same, starting with his upcoming bout against Santiago.


"It doesn’t matter how many belts you have," Gonzalez emphasized. "Terence Crawford had one belt, and he was the best in the world. I think I am the best."

Santiago, with a record of 12-3, including 9 knockouts, poses a formidable challenge. Also from Puerto Rico, Santiago is on a three-fight win streak and holds the interim WBO light flyweight title. His victories over tough opponents like Gerardo Zapata and Kevin Vivas have showcased his skill and determination.


As Gonzalez and Santiago prepare to face off, the stage is set for an exciting clash between two skilled fighters. Will Gonzalez prove himself as the best in the division, or will Santiago cause an upset? Boxing fans will find out on Saturday, March 2, as these two warriors step into the ring to settle the score.

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