Jhonny Gonzalez has, for the most part, remained one of the more active boxers in the sport throughout his 18-year career. Yet, he's willing to shut it all down if it means being guaranteed the chance to become a world champion in three weight divisions.
The former bantamweight and featherweight titlist continues to roll in the twilight of his career, posting his 5th consecutive win after stopping Francisco Contreras in three rounds Saturday evening in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The bout - which aired live on Televisa in Mexico - took place in front of more than 9,000 in attendance, with Gonzalez remaining a strong draw no matter where in Mexico he plies his trade.
After the win, he wasted no time in calling for his next opponent.
"We hope to fight either (WBC 130 lb. titlist) Miguel Berchelt or Takashi Miura next," Gonzalez said immediately after the fight, indicating a willingness to wait out their June clash in exchange for a shot at the winner.
It was clear that the 35-year old knockout artist was looking to send a message to all 130-lb, titlists from the outset. His effort required wading through a surprisingly strong opening surge from Contreras, who traveled from Dominican Republic clearly upset-minded. Gonzalez rode out the brief storm before dishing out a world of pain, dropping Contreras three times in forcing the stoppage at 2:41 of round three.
The win ran his record to 63-10 (53KOs), scoring his 5th consecutive win following an upset points loss to Jonathan Oquendo in Sept. '15. He has scored knockouts in each of his past four starts, just as he did to ignite each of his three title reigns including two separate stints as a featherweight titlist.
Following a stoppage loss to Gary Russell Jr. in March '15, Gonzalez opted for a run in the 130-pound super featherweight division where he now seeks a fourth title.
"We had to show that we are ready for a world title opportunity," Gonzalez said after the bout. "Right now I want to enjoy this win, and in the coming week I will talk to my promoter (Promociones del Pueblo) to discuss a plan to stay active in the gym while awaiting a title shot.
"We have to stay ready while waiting out (Berchelt vs. Miura), and look forward to that opportunity versus the winner."