Pre-Fight Talk Heated Between Gonzalez and Gutierrez

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Tensions rose today at the Parlour Restaurant in midtown Manhattan during a press conference to discuss the back-to-back Team Puerto Rico boxing events this weekend, when hard-punching prospect Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) and his opponent, tough veteran Richard Gutierrez, quickly figured out they dislike each other.

“You haven’t fought anybody,” asserted Gutierrez with a growl.

“I’ve fought 13 guys and knocked them all out. You’re going to be #14,” Gonzalez shot back.

Things degenerated back and forth from there until they culminated with:

“He’s a clown. I’m going to destroy him,” from Gonzalez.

“We’ll see in the ring,” came the quick reply from Gutierrez.

Gonzalez and Gutierrez will meet in a 10-round battle for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Junior Middleweight Championships at Boricua Invasion II, on June 11, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

In the featured attraction, Team Puerto Rico’s Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., will meet his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, in a 10-round featherweight matchup.

Luis Del Valle and Jonathan Gonzalez are members of Team Puerto Rico, the boxing team developed by promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules in order to group the best young talent on the island on one team.

Team Puerto Rico’s Next Appearance:

Back-to-back, on June 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present Boricua Invasion I and II, featuring members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico’s future ring stars.

Friday’s Boricua Invasion I will feature the unstoppable welterweight on everybody’s “one to watch” list, Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. former world champion DeMarcus Corley; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico’s highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican compatriot Irving Garcia and the future superstar already fighting in main events after just two bouts, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs). The main bouts of Boricua Invasion I will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Saturday’s Boricua Invasion II will feature four more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Gutierrez for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight Championships; and light welterweight Hector Sanchez vs. Vincent Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto Rico light welterweight Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn. The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on Showtime: The New Generation.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Friday, doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.

The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.

All bouts are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com or www.latinoboxing.com. For more information on the Roseland Ballroom, visit www.roselandballroom.com.

NEW YORK CITY SPECIAL SATURDAY EDITION OF SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

June 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Del Valle Takes On Nguyen and Gonzalez Battles Gutierrez

Saturday, June 11, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Live on SHOWTIME at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast)

NEW YORK (June 8, 2011) – Only days before an unprecedented weekend of back-to-back, coast-to-coast editions of ShoBox: The New Generation, Saturday’s fighters gathered in front of a media-packed room at The Parlour Restaurant on 30th Street in Manhattan. As their forthcoming bouts will take place on the eve of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade, Boricua prospects Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle and Jonathan Gonzalez vowed to put on memorable performances for fans in attendance at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and viewers watching from home on SHOWTIME live at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the featured attraction, the promising Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, collide in a 10-round featherweight affair. The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-rounder that pits 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, the power-punching Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami, in a junior middleweight match.

Here’s what the participants had to say:

Luis Orlando Del Valle

“I’ll give credit to Dat Nguyen for taking this fight and, no disrespect, but this is my time. Thanks to my promoters and to SHOWTIME for putting my fight on television. I will make the most of this opportunity and excite the fans.

“Dat, no matter what you do, no matter how many punches you throw per round, the result will be the same: ‘Orlandito’ Del Valle will be on top.

“Years ago when I was an amateur, SHOWTIME announcer Al Bernstein said that I would be one of those faces you’d see fighting on TV one day. Now, here I am on SHOWTIME.”

Dat Nguyen

“Thanks to SHOWTIME for giving me this TV opportunity. I’ve always said to my team that I wanted to fight the best opponents. But sometimes, I couldn’t get the best. I had to fight guys that I needed to push to the edge…fighters that weren’t ready to fight with me. Del Valle won’t be like that. I chose my own route to get to this fight and I’ll make the most of it.

“I’ll put on a great fight to entertain the fans. I know they’ll be mostly Puerto Ricans in the crowd but they want to see a great fight and I promise to bring that to them.

“Thanks to Buddy [McGirt] for showing that he believes in me. It means a lot to me that he saw something in me and wanted to train me. It means a lot that he’s here today.”

Jonathan Gonzalez

“I’m thankful for this opportunity…for my first fight in New York. I’m ready to fight ten rounds but it won’t last that long.

“I’ve fought 13 fighters and I’ve knocked them all out. Gutierrez will be 14. They call me ‘Butter’ and I’ll make him melt in the ring.”

Richard Gutierrez

“Thanks to my team for working with me on this fight. Everybody knows me. My nickname is ‘The Bull.’ I’m going to show everyone why they call me ‘The Bull.’ This will be a demonstration of ‘The Bull’ doing his thing against Gonzalez. Don’t miss it.

“Gonzalez hasn’t fought anyone. When he gets in the ring on Saturday, he’ll be in there with a real man.”

Promoter, Gary Shaw

“I want to thank SHOWTIME and [SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President & General Manager] Ken Hershman. The network is doing a ShoBox in Santa Ynez on Friday night (11 p.m. ET/PT) and then turning around to get back to New York on Saturday for the Roseland show, which is unprecedented for the series. Ken Hershman saw the value in these fighters. He saw the value to SHOWTIME and its viewers.

“I really believe that all [the Puerto Rican boxers fighting at Roseland this weekend] will be taking a picture together again one day…but they will be holding world title belts.”

The telecast’s blow-by-blow announcer will be Curt Menefee with Steve Farhood handling the expert analysis.

For information on SHOWTIME Sports Programming, including exclusive behind-the-scenes video and photo galleries, complete telecast information and more, please go the new SHOWTIME Sports website at http:// sho.com/sports.

Two Puerto Rican Prospects In Action On Eve of Puerto Rican Day Parade On ShoBox: The New Generation

June 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Del Valle Takes On Nguyen and Gonzalez Battles Gutierrez

Saturday, June 11, Roseland Ballroom, New York City

Live at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME

Hector Sanchez-Vincent Arroyo Fight Off

NEW YORK (June 7, 2011) – On a second consecutive night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, two Puerto Rican fighters will climb in the ring against their toughest opponents to date on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. All the action takes place on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox on June 11 at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The originally scheduled co-feature bout between Hector Sanchez and Vincent Arroyo is off due to an injury Arroyo sustained during training.

In the featured attraction, promising Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, collide in a 10-round featherweight fight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-rounder that pits 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, power-punching Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami, in a junior middleweight match.

The 24-year-old Del Valle has won five in a row by knockout, including a sixth-round TKO over Irving Hernandez in his last outing Feb. 18 in Puerto Rico. “I’m grateful for this opportunity to fight as a star on SHOWTIME. I am preparing to make the best fight of my life,’’ said Del Valle, who knocked out Pasqual Rouse in the fourth round to capture the New York State featherweight title on July 10, 2010, in Poughkeepsie. Del Valle was an outstanding amateur for the U.S. before turning pro in April 2008.

Nguyen – not to be confused with the former NFL player with the same name — has competed exclusively in the United States since turning pro in May 2004. As an amateur in 2003, he became the first Vietnamese-American to earn a spot in the U.S. Championships, where he lost to eventual Olympic gold medalist Mickey Bey. The 28-year-old Nguyen, a resident of Vero Beach, Fla., has won his last six starts, all by decision, including an eight-round decision over Andres Ledesma in his last fight on Oct. 10, 2009. Nguyen suffered his lone loss on a six-round split decision to Gregorio Torres in August 2007.

Gonzalez, 21, possesses good movement and boxing ability – he’s not merely a brawler – yet has fought into the seventh round only once, and that came in his last outing against Rudy Cisneros at Chumash this past May 13. Eleven of his KO wins have come within three rounds. “I’m in the prime of my career but I’m training like never before to show my quality to the world,’’ said Gonzalez, the No. 11 contender in the World Boxing Association (WBA) who’s fought 10 of his 13 fights in the U.S. “This is a quick turnaround for me, but I’ll be ready for it.’’

Gutierrez, 32, is a physically strong, well-conditioned veteran who is experienced against capable competition. “I’m a complete boxer,’’ said Gutierrez, who is moving up in weight for this. “I’ll adjust, depending on how the fight is going. I’ll work the body, the corners, the ropes, or the middle.’’ A winner of 21 in a row after turning pro in January 2001, Gutierrez dropped a decision to then-undefeated Carlos Abregu on Feb. 6, 2006, on SHOWTIME.

“I’ve called about three of Del Valle’s fights in the past. From the beginning, I saw a technically sound fighter whose extensive amateur experience is obvious. In a sense, he fights more like a Mexican than a Puerto Rican because he loves to shoot the left hook to the body. He’s a prospect I look forward to seeing on ShoBox,” said veteran SHOWTIME commentator Steve Farhood. “Gonzalez is a very young fighter with a perfect KO record so as he moves up we’ll see how legit his KO record is.’’

The telecast’s bow-by-blow announcer will be Curt Menefee with Farhood handling the expert analysis.

Gonzalez Named Prospect of the Month by Prestigious Latino Boxing Site

June 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Latino boxing site NotiFight.com has awarded junior middleweight power-punching sensation Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez with their Prospect of the Month award for May.

Considered one of the top young prospects from Puerto Rico, Gonzalez was impressive in knocking out former The Contender contestant Rudy Cisneros in seven rounds at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights on May 13. The 21-year-old’s record now stands at an eye-catching 13-0 with 13 KOs.

Gonzalez, however, will not rest on this laurel very long.

He will face hard-hitting Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Junior Middleweight Championships at Boricua Invasion II, on June 11, at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“He is a fighter with great skill and most importantly, the desire to be the best,” said Gary Shaw, Gonzalez’s co-promoter.

Team Puerto Rico was developed by promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules in order to group the best young talent on the island on one team.

Team Puerto Rico’s Next Appearance:

Back-to-back, on June 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present Boricua Invasion I and II, featuring members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico’s future ring stars.

Friday’s Boricua Invasion I will feature the unstoppable welterweight on everybody’s “one to watch” list, Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. former world champion DeMarcus Corley; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico’s highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican compatriot Irving Garcia and the future superstar already fighting in main events after just two bouts, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs). The main bouts of Boricua Invasion I will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Saturday’s Boricua Invasion II will feature four more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs); and light welterweight Sanchez vs. Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto Rico light welterweight Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn. The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on Showtime: The New Generation.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Friday, doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.

The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.

All bouts are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com or www.latinoboxing.com. For more information on the Roseland Ballroom, visit www.roselandballroom.com.

Gonzalez and Dulorme Make Weight at Preliminary Weigh-in

June 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO – Undefeated Team Puerto Rico members Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) and Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) both made weight today in a preliminary weigh-in, required by the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission, before participating in their upcoming bouts at Boricua Invasion I and II in New York City on June 10 and 11.

The two sluggers were required to weigh no more than 161 and 154 pounds, respectively, equivalent to 5% above the weight. Gonzalez tipped the scales at 161 and Dulorme came in at 149, and both looked in excellent physical condition.

Dulorme will fight the experienced DeMarcus Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs) for the NABA Welterweight Championship at Boricua Invasion I on June 10 at Roseland Ballroom in New York and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Gonzalez will face hard-hitting Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Junior Middleweight Championships at Boricua Invasion II, on June 11, also at Roseland Ballroom in New York and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

“We have been working hard for about six weeks and we can see the great outcome of the work. This has been the best camp of my career. I feel much better, with great strength and speed,” said Dulorme.

“I’m in the best shape of my life and I know I’ll fight very well. Gutierrez is an excellent fighter and for that reason I gave it my all in training,” said Gonzalez.

After the preliminary weigh-in both fighters delighted the audience with their skills, along with another member of Team Puerto Rico, José Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs).

“I feel good. My training has been great and I am ready to fight next Friday,” said Pedraza, who will appear at Friday’s Boricua Invasion I against Tomi Archambault (1-1).

Dulorme, Pedraza and Gonzalez will travel to New York next Tuesday.

This event was also very special because the team’s honorary captain Wilfred “El Radar” Benitez, was present to support Pedraza, Dulorme and Gonzalez.

Team Puerto Rico was developed by promoters Gary Shaw, Lou DiBella, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules in order to group the best young talent on the island on one team.

Team Puerto Rico’s Next Appearance:

Back-to-back, on June 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present Boricua Invasion I and II, featuring members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico’s future ring stars.

Friday’s Boricua Invasion I will feature the unstoppable welterweight on everybody’s “one to watch” list, Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. former world champion DeMarcus Corley; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico’s highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican compatriot Irving Garcia and the future superstar already fighting in main events after just two bouts, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs). The main bouts of Boricua Invasion I will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Saturday’s Boricua Invasion II will feature four more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs); and light welterweight Sanchez vs. Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto Rico light welterweight Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn. The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on Showtime: The New Generation.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Friday, doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.

The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.

All bouts are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com or www.latinoboxing.com. For more information on the Roseland Ballroom, visit www.roselandballroom.com.

‘Mantequilla’ Gonzalez to Face Richard Gutierrez for Two Titles

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On June 11 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, undefeated super welterweight, Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs) of Barrio Obrero, Puerto Rico, will face experienced Colombian veteran Richard Gutierrez (24-6 -1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the WBA-NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight Championships.

Gonzalez vs. Gutierrez will be part of Boricua Invasion II, the second half of back-to-back boxing shows to celebrate Puerto Rican Pride Parade Day, featuring the island’s best prospects in challenging showdowns and will be televised live on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (10:35 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

‘Mantequilla’ was last seen scoring a KO 7 over former ESPN’s The Contender star Rudy Cisneros of Chicago.

“I’m ready for this challenge. Gutierrez has a lot of experience but I know I have the necessary tools to win. My focus is to win these two titles because they will help me someday fight for a world title, “said González, who is promoted by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and Warriors Boxing.

Gutierrez is most recognized by the boxing fans for his wars with Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo and Joshua Clottey. Team Puerto Rico Boxing was developed by Shaw, DiBella, Bustillo and Margules in order to group the best young talent on the island on one team.

Team Puerto Rico’s Next Appearance:

Back-to-back, on June 10 and 11 (Friday and Saturday before the 2011 National Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday) at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present Boricua Invasion I and II, featuring members of Team Puerto Rico Boxing, the eight-man team of Puerto Rico’s future ring stars.

Friday’s Boricua Invasion I will feature the unstoppable welterweight on everybody’s “one to watch” list, Thomas Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) vs. former world champion DeMarcus Corley; Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico’s highlight-reel welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) vs. Puerto Rican compatriot Irving Garcia and the future superstar already fighting in main events after just two bouts, Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs).

The main bouts of Boricua Invasion I will be televised on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Saturday’s Boricua Invasion II will feature four more members of Team Puerto Rico: featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Dat Nguyen; junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Gutierrez; and light welterweight Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) vs. Vincent Arroyo. Also scheduled for action are Team Puerto Rico light welterweight Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (3-0, 2 KOs); plus a special off-TV appearance by Puerto Rico-born light welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) of Brooklyn.

The main bouts of Boricua Invasion II will be broadcast live on Showtime: The

New Generation.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion I on Friday, June 10 are priced at $175, $125, $75, $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Friday, doors will open at 6:00 pm and the action starts at 6:30.

Tickets for Boricua Invasion II on Saturday, June 11 are priced at $200, $150, $85, and $55 and are available through Ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone, or at any Ticketmaster outlet. On Saturday, doors will open at 7:00 pm and the action starts at 7:30.

For VIP Package tickets to both nights, please call DiBella Entertainment at 212-947-2577.

The Roseland Ballroom is located at 239 West 52nd Street in New York City.

All bouts are subject to change.

For more information, visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com or www.latinoboxing.com. For more information on the Roseland Ballroom,

Congratulations Abound for Mantequilla Gonzalez!

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Trio of Promoters Praise Puerto Rico’s Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez for his Impressive Knockout on Friday Night Fights

The promoters of Puerto Rican junior middleweight slugger Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), Gary Shaw, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules, wish to congratulate their 21-year-old fighter for his impressive performance on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Making his national television debut in the United States, Gonzalez wore down and stopped former Contender contestant Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KOs) of Chicago at 1:50 of round seven.

While Gonzalez had previously gotten rid of most of his opponents early, according to Shaw, taking Cisneros to round seven was part of the plan.

“Jonathan watches a lot of tape and studies his opponents in-depth. He knew going in that Cisneros would be dangerous for the first few rounds, so he took his time and boxed until the opportunity presented itself to end things. When you hit as hard as he does, it would be easy to think you can just walk in and destroy everyone, but Mantequilla showed a lot of maturity in sticking to the better plan.”

For Margules, what impressed most was how easily Gonzalez handled Cisneros.

“On the inside, on the outside, coming forward, boxing and moving, it was apparent no matter what he was doing, that Jonathan was a class above. I’ve seen him walk through plenty of opponents, but tonight was a reminder of just how skillful Jonathan is when he needs to be.”

Bustillo says he’s happy to see his young fighter still packs a punch in the later rounds of a fight. “Jonathan had never seen the seventh round of a fight before and now we know he still hits like a mule, no matter what round. A big part of that is all the work he did in training camp before the fight. It all paid off.”

A member of the Team Puerto Rico Boxing squad comprised of Puerto Rico’s brightest future stars, Gonzalez’s next appearance is scheduled for June 11 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of the Boricua Invasion back-to-back boxing shows on Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend. The fight, against an opponent that is temporarily TBA, is also scheduled to be shown live on ShoBox: The New Generation.

For more information on Jonathan Gonzalez, or on Boricua Invasion I & II, visit www.teampuertoricoboxing.com or www.latinoboxing.com.

POWER SURGE CONTINUES! PUERTO RICAN FUTURE CHAMPIONS SCORE 4 KOS IN 4 FIGHTS FRIDAY NIGHT IN PONCE

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Group of Elite Puerto Rican Talent Has Big Night

Four of Puerto Rico’s most promising young fighters were victorious on Friday night in Ponce, Puerto Rico, as Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, Thomas Dulorme, Jose Pedraza and Luis Orlando del Valle all kept their unbeaten records intact with intimidating displays of power.

Making his junior lightweight pro debut, highly touted former Olympian Jose Pedraza destroyed Felix Manuel Rivera in 1:24 of the first round. Pedraza began his journey to a world championship by overwhelming his opponent in impressive fashion. Despite Rivera’s solid amateur pedigree (he was 86-5), Pedraza’s forceful combinations and thudding body shots quickly had him down and in need of rescue.

The formidable Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez brought his record to a perfect 12-0 with 12 KOs by stopping West Virginia veteran Chad Greenleaf in the first round. Few 154-lb fighters in the world can withstand Gonzalez’s brutality and Greenleaf was no exception. Precise volleys of cannon fire to the head and body had Greenleaf in need of saving by referee Luis Pabon at 2:49.

Adopted Puerto Rican via the Caribbean welterweight, Thomas “The French” Dulorme (9-0, 8 KOs), needed just two rounds to dismantle opponent Jorge Delgado. A tough Pennsylvanian, Delgado had not been stopped since 2003 before running into Dulorme’s pulverizing fists.

And the newest member of the team, Luis Orlando del Valle, moved to 12-0, 10 KOs by stopping fellow Puerto Rican Irvin Hernandez at 2:49 of round six. Del Valle is the New York State Featherweight Champion and a threat to someday overtake Juan Manuel Lopez as the boxing-rich island’s top featherweight.

Puerto Rico’s Jorge Maysonet Jr (1-0, 1 KO) had his opponent fall out at the last minute and will instead fight next week.

Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Universal Promotions are putting together a team of elite Puerto Rican boxing talent. With the combined backing of four of the sport’s most well-known and prominent promoters, the team’s members will be developed and groomed into the sport’s top world champions.

Top prospects showcased on Martinez-Dzinziruk undercard Lee vs. McSwan, Fortuna plus Olympians Andrade & Gonzalez March 12 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods

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NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 2, 2011) – Some of the top prospects in boxing will be showcased March 12 on the hottest New England pro boxing show of the 21st century,  “Diamond Elite,” live on HBO World Championship Boxing  from MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Emeritus and The Ring Magazine middleweight champion, 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), takes on World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk (37-0, 34 KOs), in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council Diamond middleweight title.

The chief supporting fight is “Celtic War,” pitting exciting middleweights Andy Lee of Ireland and Scotland’s Craig McEwan, in the 10-round co-feature of ethnic rivalry, potentially offering world title shot implications for the winner.

Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) will enter the ring riding a nine-fight win streak since his lone career setback to Bryan Vera in 2008. Since then, though, the Emmanuel Steward-trained Irish banger has defeated James Cook, Willie Gibbs, Michael Walker, and former world title challenger Mamadou Thiam. Lee, a 2004 Irish Olympian now living in New York City, is ranked #5 by the WBA and #14 by the WBC.

McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, but he now lives in Hollywood, California where he trains with world renowned trainer Freddie Roach, who is a native New Englander. McEwan is coming off the most significant victory of his career on July 23, 2010, when he took a decision from former world title challenger Danny Perez. McEwan also holds a victory over Vera, the only man to defeat Lee as a professional.

An array of undefeated, promising prospects round-out a loaded top-to-bottom card against opponents to soon be determined. Leading the way is explosive Dominican featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (13-0, 10 KOs), who has the same head trainer as Martinez, Gabriel Sarmiento, in an 8-round bout. Fortuna had many people tabbing his as the next “Marvilla” after his last performance when he knocked out the previously undefeated Victor Valenzuela in a matter of minutes.

A pair of unbeaten junior middleweights with 2008 Olympian pedigrees will be in action, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs), of Providence, and Puerto Rican knockout specialist Jonathan “Montequilla” Gonzalez (11-0, 11 KOs), in separate matches.

Local favorite Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 KOs), a lightweight from Quincy, Massachusetts, fights February 9 in New York City but he is scheduled to come right back Mar. 12 for a scheduled 6-rounder at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament runner-up has a growing legion of passionate fans in New England.

Greek heavyweight Soyna Lamonakis (3-0, 1 KO), a 4-time New York Golden Gloves champion now living in Turner Falls, Massachusetts, brings her crowd-pleasing style into the squared-circle in a 6-round match. Preparing for St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-American light heavyweight Seannie Monaghan (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of Long Island, puts his undefeated pro record on the line in a 4-round bout. Also fighting on the undercard in a 4-rounder is California welterweight Abraham Lopez (1-1).

“Diamond Elite: Martinez vs. Dzinziruk” will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions. Lee vs. McEwan will be presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Both bouts will be broadcast live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT.

Tickets for “Diamond Elite: Martinez vs. Dzinziruk,” are priced at $450, $250, $125, $75, and $50 and on sale through the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mgmatfoxwood.com, by calling the MGM Grand at Foxwoods at 1-866-646-0609, or in person at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office.

For more information about DiBella Entertainment, including a list of all upcoming bouts, please visit www.dbe1.com, or follow Lou DiBella on twitter, @loudibella.

“Next Puerto Rican Superstar” Demolishes Opponent 11

December 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Up-and-coming force Jonathan Gonzalez now 11-0, 11 KOs

after stopping veteran Gundrick King

On Friday, December 10, at Coliseo Samuel Rodriguez in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, the “Next Puerto Rican Superstar” Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez ran his consecutive knockout streak to 11 and brought his record to a perfect 11-0, 11 KOs by stopping Gundrick King (13-4, 9 KOs) in two rounds.

The hottest young power puncher in boxing (he wont’ turn 22 until next summer) Gonzalez softened King up for the kill with paralyzing left hooks to the liver and then lowered the boom with a huge uppercut along the ropes. Out on his feet, King was finally rescued at 2:58 of the second.

“King had been the distance with, and even won a few rounds against, a respectable guy like Paul Delgado, so we thought he’d offer this kid some resistance, but standing up to that kind of power is almost impossible,” said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing (Gonzalez is co-promoted by Universal Promotions, Warriors Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions). “If you try and protect your head, he’ll just focus on the body and double you over like he did to this poor guy tonight. He’s nothing short of an amazing puncher.”

2011 should be a landmark year for Gonzalez as he begins to crack the world ratings while continuing to crack skulls. “We’ve been trying to step him up and see how he does with adversity but he just ramps up his attack to match the opponent,” Margules continued. “Gary Shaw and I feel he’ll soon be ready for his first televised showcase and once the world witnesses his amazing power, his popularity will carry him to the world titles and fame he’s destined for. It’s exciting to be part of his unstoppable wave.”

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