Richie Sandoval v Alonzo (Strongbow) Gonzalez I watched this today hoping for a good fight, and it was to a point, but not overly competitive. I remember Gonzalez well. I saw his fight where he really sprung an upset over an awkward but hard-hitting contender named Candido Tellez and shortly thereafter got a title shot against Hilario Zapata. But when I looked him up, I realized those fights came after this one with Sandoval, which really is a good showpiece for Richie. He was so fast and sharp. He always fought with a wide stance which enabled him to move into range and out. I always thought he was phenomenally gifted. In this fight he was firing beautiful combos all night and only faltered once, when the counter-punching Gonzalez caught him with a counter left hook in the 3rd and decked him hard. It wasn't until the 10th where Gonzalez really tried to get stuck in as the aggressor and even then I only gave him a share of the round. Referee Paul Venti took the 9th round away from Gonzalez for continuous low blows. But NJ rules were of the sort where a penalization is the round. And if the other guy wins the round anyway (which is what happened on my card) then nothing is deducted. So the two California kids fighting in New Jersey put on a good show and I had it 8-1-1 for Sandoval on NJ's round basis. I'm unaware of the actual scores.