What happened with Jorge Luis Gonzalez ?

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  1. MarkusFlorez99

    MarkusFlorez99 Boxing Addict banned Full Member

    Jan 13, 2021
    Guy had an amazing amateur background and was a large superheavweight at 6'7 240 pounds. He was a feared contender in the 90s and fought somewhat like Vitali Klitschko. What went wrong?
  2. Devon

    Devon Well-Known Member Full Member

    Dec 31, 2018
    He was too coc-ky
    For his first few fights he didn’t even have a trainer in his corner, he fought that highly of himself. He looked good on the way up, deliberately prolonged the beating of Renaldo Snipes, he was about to fight Bowe and with already defeating him before and dropping him heavily in the amateurs combined with his big ego what he had, he fought he would easily beat Bowe, he was trashing him in the buildup, comes into the fight clearly untrained because he thinks he doesn’t need to, then takes a beating off of Bowe, gets KO’d and never recovers mentally again, when your ego is that big, when it suddenly gets shattered the way it did with him, you often never recover from it
  3. RulesMakeItInteresting

    RulesMakeItInteresting Boxing Addict Full Member

    Mar 23, 2019
  4. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    Lack of development in the pros. I read he didn't like to train and partied way too much. He basically had size and a good jab and right. He stood stock straight and had a very mediocre defense. His chin wasn't the best either.
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  5. Saad54

    Saad54 Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Dec 10, 2014
    He was never a feared contender. He was a prospect crushed by Bowe in his first legitimate test. Wikipedia says he was a feared contender. Anyone can write a bio on Wikipedia.
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  6. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Just couldn't hack it in the pros probably. He got in over his head with Bowe and got a beating. Never really recovered.
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  7. Fergy

    Fergy Walking Dead Full Member

    Jan 8, 2017
    Perfect description!
  8. mcvey

    mcvey Obsessed with Boxing banned Full Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Found his level as soon as he upped his opposition,A nasty bully.
  9. swagdelfadeel

    swagdelfadeel Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jul 30, 2014
    Don't sugarcoat it Rules! :lol:
  10. BCS8

    BCS8 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    According to Dino he was a carbon copy of Vitali.
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  11. choklab

    choklab cocoon of horror Full Member

    Dec 31, 2009
    I think he was too nonchalant. He’d beaten Lewis and Bowe in the amateurs and he felt like he was owed whatever they had made of themselves the second he turned up as a pro. In truth he was probably on borrowed time anyway..not that he thought he was. He had not really paid his dues by the time he took a beating from Riddick Bowe. In that fight he looked like had not yet fully adapted to the pace of the pros. He worked just hard enough for the first thirty seconds of a round to show he could outbox Bowe if he wanted to..then kind of laid back looking to sucker Bowe in. I can’t decide if that was to recover from his exertions or a plan that didn’t work out. Either way it didn’t work out and no matter how hard Bowe hit him Jorge always looked like he still thought he had Bowes number. He would land when he felt like it and expected he’d catch up with him. But if I remember, eventually he just couldn’t recover from all the shots he was taking. It was like he had foolishly miscalculated or something. He wound up taking a bad beating and falling onto his head. Whatever he had, He wasn’t going to be the same after that.
  12. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Rum, cigars and too many (hidden) birthday candles.
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  13. Seamus

    Seamus Devotee of the Little Red Book Full Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    His "bout" against a shot Snipes is among my least favorite ever.
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  14. TBooze

    TBooze Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Oct 22, 2006

    I dare say, the local tournaments were at times harder than some of the international competitions!

    As mentioned age and lack of dedication were his downfall.

    It would have been interesting to see his development if Castro's Cuba had allowed pros. Physically he looked more impressive than both Stevenson and Savon. So Gonzales hitting his pro stride in the mid 80s could have boosted a division that was a little bit lackluster at the time. And a fight with prime Tyson might still be talked about in the mainstream today.
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  15. apollack

    apollack Boxing Addict Full Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    Riddick Bowe brutalized and beat the living hell out of him. One of Bowe's best performances. Utterly relentless and powerful.