Rising star Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales remains Undefeated
By John J. Raspanti at ringside (Jan 15, 2011) Doghouse Boxing (Photo © John J. Raspanti)
Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales improved his record to 14-0 (10) with a unanimous decision victory over Lester Gonzalez 11-2-1 (6) of San Diego at the Sports Arena in Fairfield, California, last week Friday.

Gonzales used his superior boxing skills to outmaneuver his southpaw opponent, jabbing from the outside and throwing some nicely timed lead right hands. Lester Gonzalez continued to stalk Brandon, but rarely landed anything effective until the fourth round when he connected with a left hand to the side of Gonzales head. The punch did no damage to Brandon who continually beat Lester to the punch. The action was consistent though tactical, but never boring due to Brandon’s superior ring generalship. Changing tactics in the fifth round, Gonzales landed some nice body shots that appeared to hurt Lester. Mixing it up and using the ring, the 26-year old Sacramento fighter kept up the pressure, outworking the tiring Gonzales to secure the victory.

The scoring was 79-73, 78-74 and 78-74.

In the other featured fight, Fairfield welterweight Alan Sanchez 6-2-1 (2) fed off the support of his home crowd to win a unanimous eight-round decision over tough veteran Cristian Favela 28-13-7 (18). Sanchez used his height and reach advantage to outwork the stalking Favela, landing some nice jabs and right hands. Favela pointed to his chin constantly after being hit, but unfortunately his own punches rarely found Sanchez’s whiskers.

The judges saw Sanchez winning by scores of 80-72, 78-74, and 78-74.

Heavyweights Lamont Williams 3-1 (1) and Hector Martinez 5-5 (4) tangled in a four rounder that saw Williams getting the nod via a split decision. Williams got off to a fast start using his speed and combinations to befuddle the taller Martinez. In the third round, Martinez started to come on, clocking Williams with some nice right hands. The fourth round saw both fighters tired but Williams being a bit busier.

The announced scores were 39-37 twice for Williams, and 39-37 for Martinez.

Omar Sanchez of Fairfield made his pro debut against Max Becerra of Vacaville that had the feel of a grudge fight. The announced crowd of 1100 roared as the baby faced Sanchez won the first round. Becerra seemed to wake up in the second, landing two heavy right hands to Sanchez’s exposed chin followed by a beauty of a left hook. Becerra came out more motivated in the third. He continued to work the body of Sanchez and sting him with some sharp punches. Near the end of the round, Becerra 1-0 landed a lead right followed by a huge left that sent Sanchez 0-1 crashing to the canvas. The gutsy youngster managed to get up and survive the round. The last round was more of the same as Becerra did pretty much what he wanted.

The decision was unanimous in favor of Becerra by the scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36.

Ivan Redkach 6-0 (5) of the Ukraine impressively dispatched Jaime Orrantia 13-29-5 (4) in the third round of a scheduled six rounder. Redkach was too fast and skillful for the soft looking Orrantia.

The last fight of the evening saw Luis Sanchez searching for his first professional victory. Whoever decided to match him with Jonathan Garcia was making a big mistake. Garcia of Watsonville completely dominated the fight, overwhelming Sanchez. His powerful punches shook Sanchez almost every time they landed. The game Sanchez 1-5 kept trying but Garcia 4-0 (2) continued to pound him from, excuse the cliché, pillar to post. Sanchez’s corner wisely decided to call the fight after the second round.

Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions presented the season premiere of Telefutura’s Sole Boxeo Tecate.

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