Julio César González

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Julio Gonzalez
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Real name Julio César González Ibarra
Nickname(s) Boxer
Rated at Light heavyweight
Nationality Mexico Mexican
Born (1976-07-30)July 30, 1976
Guerrero Negro, Baja California
Died March 10, 2012(2012-03-10) (aged 35)
Guerrero Negro, Baja California
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 49
Wins 41
Wins by KO 25
Losses 8
Draws 0
No contests 0
For other people named Julio Gonzalez, see Julio Gonzalez (disambiguation).

Julio César González Ibarra (July 30, 1976 – March 10, 2012) was a Mexican boxer and former Lineal and WBO light heavyweight champion.[1]

Gonzalez was born in Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, and claimed that Mexico was his native country although he lived in the United States for several years. Attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California for 2 years and graduated in 1994. Also attended Orange Coast College in 1995. Julio has 2 sons, Anthony Gonzalez and Julio Gonzalez Jr (Also known as ThatOneTomahawk on YouTube).

Amateur career[edit]

Gonzalez was a member of the 1996 Mexican Olympic team, boxing as a light heavyweight. He was eliminated in the 1st round by eventual gold medalist Vasili Jirov of Kazakhstan.[2]

Pro career[edit]

He entered the professional boxing ranks in 1997 after a moderately successful amateur career and gradually worked his way through the ranks of the light heavyweight journeymen. He had won his first 21 fights by the time he got his first chance at a boxing title, the regional WBC Fecarbox belt, on May 5, 2000. He defeated unbeaten fellow Mexican Jesus Ruiz on a ninth round technical knockout in Commerce, California.

Gonzalez followed that victory up with five more wins, including a 12-round unanimous decision over Julian Letterlough on February 2, 2001, that won him the regional NABO light heavyweight title - and propelled him into the No. 1 contender's position in several sanctioning bodies' ratings.

As the top contender, he earned a fight with WBC, WBA (Super), & IBF champion Roy Jones Jr. in July 2001, in Los Angeles. Gonzalez went the distance with Jones, but lost a unanimous decision for his first career setback.

He took seven months off after the loss to Jones before resuming his career and running off seven straight wins without a loss. Most notable in his comeback streak was a 10-round majority decision over former world champion Glencoffe Johnson on January 24, 2003.

WBO light heavyweight championship[edit]

Gonzalez earned his second shot at a world title on October 18, 2003, when he flew to Hamburg, Germany for a showdown with undefeated Dariusz Michalczewski for the Lineal & WBO light heavyweight championship. Going into the fight, Michalczewski was positioned to tie Rocky Marciano's all-time record of 49 wins and no losses. He also was looking to extend his own world record of 23 straight successful defenses of the light heavyweight title.[3]

In the fight, Gonzalez seemed to take control of the action in the middle rounds, and fought back strongly when Michalczewski, a knockout artist, got him in trouble a few times. When the fight was over, Gonzalez got the verdict on a 12-round split decision; the judge from Germany was the lone dissenter.[4]

Gonzalez lost his title to Zsolt Erdei on January 17, 2004, by unanimous decision.

He challenged Clinton Woods for the IBF light heavyweight title on September 9, 2005, losing by unanimous decision. He met Woods again in a title fight rematch on September 29, 2007. Woods again won the fight by unanimous decision.

In 2008 he was stopped by undefeated prospect Tavoris Cloud.

Death[edit]

On March 10, 2012 Gonzalez was killed on impact in a motorcycle accident when he was hit by a drunk driver in B.C. Sur, Mexico. The Julio Gonzalez Memorial Foundation was started in his memory [5][citation needed] See this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaf6q5QicSg) of his son explaining it.

Professional boxing record[edit]

41 Wins (25 knockouts, 16 decisions), 8 Losses (1 by technical knockout, 7 by decision), 0 Draws [6]
Res. Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss Mexico Felipe Romero UD 12 (12) 2011-09-30 Mexico Gimnasio Auditorio Jorge Campos, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico For Mexican cruiserweight title.
Loss Mexico Felipe Romero UD 12 (12) 2010-08-07 Mexico Auditorio Alvaro Aguilar, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico For Mexican cruiserweight title.
Loss United States Tavoris Cloud TKO 10 (12) 2008-08-08 United States Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States IBF light heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss United States Reggie Johnson SD 12 (12) 2008-02-23 United States Civic Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Loss England Clinton Woods UD 12 (12) 2007-09-29 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom For IBF light heavyweight title.
Win Ukraine Vitaliy Kopytko TKO 3 (10) 2006-11-16 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States
Win Mexico Rodney Moore KO 3 (8) 2006-07-20 United States Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, United States
Win Australia Jason DeLisle UD 12 (12) 2005-11-17 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States IBF light heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss England Clinton Woods UD 12 (12) 2005-09-09 United Kingdom Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom For IBF light heavyweight title.
Win United States Montell Griffin TD 6 (12) 2005-05-05 United States Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, United States
Win United States David Telesco TKO 8 (10) 2004-12-18 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win United States Orlando Rivera UD 10 (10) 2004-05-21 United States Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Loss Hungary Zsolt Erdei UD 12 (12) 2004-01-17 Germany DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Lost Lineal & WBO light heavyweight titles.
Win Poland Dariusz Michalczewski SD 12 (12) 2003-10-18 Germany Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany Won Lineal & WBO light heavyweight titles.
Win CameroonManu Ntoh UD 10 (10) 2003-06-06 United States La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, United States
Win Mexico Kenny Bowman TKO 3 (10) 2003-04-11 United States DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win Jamaica Glen Johnson MD 10 (10) 2003-01-24 United States Crowne Plaza Hotel, Commerce, California, United States
Win United StatesThomas Reid TKO 3 (10) 2002-10-12 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win United States Jonathan Young TKO 9 (10) 2002-06-29 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Uganda Joseph Kiwanuka TKO 7 (10) 2002-04-27 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win United StatesTyrone Armstead TKO 2 (10) 2002-02-22 United States Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States
Loss United States Roy Jones, Jr. UD 12 (12) 2001-07-28 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States For WBC, WBA, & IBF light heavyweight titles.
Win Bulgaria Konstantin Semerdjiev TKO 5 (8) 2001-04-08 United States Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States
Win United States Julian Letterlough UD 12 (12) 2001-02-02 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Retained WBC FECARBOX, & Won NABO light heavyweight titles.
Win Dominican Republic Jorge Amparo TKO 5 (8) 2000-09-23 United States Convention Center, Ontario, California, United States
Win United States Patrick Swann TKO 4 (12) 2000-07-29 United States Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States Retained WBC FECARBOX light heavyweight title.
Win United StatesTony Menefee TKO 4 (10) 2000-06-22 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Mexico Jesus Ruiz TKO 9 (12) 2000-05-05 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States Won WBC FECARBOX light heavyweight title.
Win United States Dave Boone KO 5 (10) 2000-03-11 United States Civic Center, Maywood, California, United States
Win JamaicaGary Campbell KO 2 (8) 1999-12-03 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States
Win United States Wilson Smith TKO 3 (8) 1999-10-04 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win Japan Akinobu Yamamura TKO 3 (8) 1999-07-31 Japan Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Win United StatesReggie Roberts UD 8 1999-06-21 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win MexicoFrancisco Barra KO 3 (8) 1999-05-14 United States Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States
Win United StatesPaul Jones KO 2 (6) 1999-03-08 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win MexicoGustavo Enriquez UD 6 1998-12-07 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win United StatesCharles Davis MUD 6 1998-09-26 United States Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States
Win JamaicaDerrick Edwards UD 6 1998-07-20 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win United StatesAljenon DeBose KO 4 (6) 1998-07-11 United States Long Beach, California, United States
Win United StatesCalvin Combs TKO 5 (6) 1998-05-28 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win NigeriaJude Agu UD 6 1998-03-26 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win United StatesNathaniel Miles UD 6 1998-02-23 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win United StatesZaire Patterson UD 4 1997-12-08 United States Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win United StatesJames Brock KO 2 (4) 1997-09-29 United StatesGreat Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States
Win United StatesCharles Jefferson UD 4 1997-08-11 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win MexicoRobert Rios TKO 1 (4) 1997-06-27 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win United StatesJames Brock KO 1 (4) 1997-06-09 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States
Win United StatesAlex Federov TKO 2 (4) 1997-05-30 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States
Win United StatesAlex Federov UD 4 1997-04-07 United States Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States Professional debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Cyber Boxing Zone". The Cyber Boxing Zone. 1974-09-16. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Julio Cesar Gonzalez". Cyber Boxing Zone. 1976-07-30. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  3. ^ "LIFE". LIFE. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  4. ^ "Julio César González ganó título de los medios pesados de la OMB - OCT. 18, 2003 - Deportes - Historicos". El Universo. 2003-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  5. ^ www.juliogonzalez.net
  6. ^ Julio César González's Professional Boxing Record – BoxRec.com

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Awards
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dariusz Michalczewski
Lineal light heavyweight champion

4th World Light Heavyweight Champion (WBO))
18 October 2003 – 17 January 2004
Lost title

Succeeded by
Zsolt Erdei