For the first time is his career, former Light Heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez ( 41-5, 25 KO’s) will walk into the ring with back-to-back losses. In his past two fights, Julio has lost very close decision fights to Clinton Woods and Reggie Johnson. “I feel like I won both of those fights” says Julio..
“Both fighters got hometown decisions. The fight with Woods was a lot closer than what the judges saw. Judge for yourself, watch the fight on Youtube.com. Then to get robbed again in the Reggie Johnson fight, I was angry about that. All of his fans in the arena that night know Reggie lost that fight.”
As he is preparing for his ESPN televised fight on August 8th, Julio knows this is a must win fight. He will be taking on Tavoris Cloud (18-0, 17 KO’s) for the #1 IBF mandatory tile shot. “This is a huge opportunity, it’s a fight I have to win. I know Cloud is a tough fighter, I can’t let him take away my shot at the title” states Julio. “Expect to see a great fight. Cloud has 17 knockouts in 18 fights so I know he has power. He’s not scared to fight and our fighting styles will be a great match up. I’m ready for him and I’m ready to show him what’s it’s like to be in a real fight.”
Julio Gonzalez is out to prove he deserves to be at the top of the light heavyweight division. He knows that with a victory, a world title fight is next. “I want that championship belt. Cloud is in my way. After I take care of business with Cloud, I’ll be looking for Tarver or Dawson” declares Julio.
Be sure to tune in to ESPN on August 8th to watch Julio Gonzalez take on Tavoris Cloud.
Andrade feels Golden
BEIJING (July 29, 2008) – Reigning AIBA World welterweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade is prospecting for gold in China. The 20-year-old from Providence isn’t there to visit the The Great Wall, purchase a Ming vase in the Temple of Heaven, picnic in Tian’anmen Square, or cruise down the Yangtze River.
Andrade is Team USA’s most promising hope to medal in the Olympic boxing competition. “It’s crazy,” he said right before leaving Colorado Springs training camp, “but everything’s good. I’m relaxed, stayed out of the public eye, and have remained focused on winning a gold medal. I’m not happy just being in The Olympics, or even winning a silver or bronze medal; I’m going for gold.”
His gold medal performance at this year’s AIBA World Championships catapulted him into the No. 1 ranking in the world at 152-pounds. Andrade’s toughest competition figures to come from Asian champion Bakhyt Sarsekbayev (Kazakhstan), World Championships silver medalist Non Boonjumnong (Thailand), as well as bronze medalists Adem Kilicci (Turkey) and Hmati Silamu (China), European champion Andrey Balnov (Russia), and of course, Cuba’s representative, Carlos Banteur.
The Olympic draw doesn’t matter to him because Demetrious believes he’s the best 152-pound amateur in the world. He defeated Boonjumnong and Kilicci in the World Championships. “Nobody they put in front of me can beat me,” a confident Andrade offered. “Only the judges can beat me and I’m not going to let them. I’m going to take the other fighters and judges out of it by beating my opponents so badly that they can’t take a decision away from me. I’ll stay on the outside, use my tough defense, and not allow any cheap shots. I’ve been fighting internationally for awhile and I’ve been robbed a few times. But I can’t let anybody beat me in The Olympics.
“I’d prefer to get the tougher guys out early – second or third round – and have one less contender for the medal rounds. I really don’t know or care who I draw. Everybody else is fighting for second place.”
Proud to represent the red, white and blue, “Boo Boo” has dreamed about boxing in the Olympics since he first laced-up a pair of gloves. He is a two-time U.S. National Championships winner and double National Golden Gloves champion who cruised through the U.S. Boxing Trials preceding the World Championships.
“It feels good to be called an ambassador,” Andrade reflected. “I used to be a little kid dreaming of being in the Olympics and now I’m talking to kids with the same dream. I tell them to never let anybody say no to their dreams. It feels great to represent the United States, Rhode Island, Providence, family and friends.
“I haven’t worried about anything. Inside the ring is another environment with just you and your opponent. I’ve been focusing on the physical part of boxing. My (co-coaches) dad (Paul Andrade) and Dave Keefe have helped me all of the other stuff.
Impacted wisdom teeth and the best amateur boxers in the world couldn’t stop Demetrius at the World Championships. Now, he’s digging deep for gold in China.
Andrade boxes out of the 401 Boxing Club in Cranston (RI). Go on line to www.boobooboxing.com for more information about Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade.