Julio César González
|Real name||Julio César González Ibarra|
|Rated at||Light heavyweight
July 30, 1976|
Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico
|Died||March 10, 2012
Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico
|Wins by KO||25|
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. He attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, California for 2 years and graduated in 1994. He also attended Orange Coast College in 1995. Julio has 2 sons, Anthony Gonzalez and Julio Gonzalez Jr (Julio Gonzalez Jr, is also known as ThatOneTomahawk on YouTube).
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 Glen Johnson on January 24, 2003.
WBO light heavyweight championship
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.
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.
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.
Professional boxing record
|41 Wins (25 knockouts, 16 decisions), 8 Losses (1 by technical knockout, 7 by decision), 0 Draws |
|Loss||Felipe Romero||UD||12 (12)||2011-09-30||Gimnasio Auditorio Jorge Campos, La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico||For Mexican cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||Felipe Romero||UD||12 (12)||2010-08-07||Auditorio Alvaro Aguilar, Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico||For Mexican cruiserweight title.|
|Loss||Tavoris Cloud||TKO||10 (12)||2008-08-08||Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, United States||IBF light heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||Reggie Johnson||SD||12 (12)||2008-02-23||Civic Center, Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||Clinton Woods||UD||12 (12)||2007-09-29||Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||For IBF light heavyweight title.|
|Win||Vitaliy Kopytko||TKO||3 (10)||2006-11-16||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||Rodney Moore||KO||3 (8)||2006-07-20||Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California, United States|
|Win||Jason DeLisle||UD||12 (12)||2005-11-17||HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, United States||IBF light heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||Clinton Woods||UD||12 (12)||2005-09-09||Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom||For IBF light heavyweight title.|
|Win||Montell Griffin||TD||6 (12)||2005-05-05||Spa Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, United States|
|Win||David Telesco||TKO||8 (10)||2004-12-18||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||Orlando Rivera||UD||10 (10)||2004-05-21||Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Loss||Zsolt Erdei||UD||12 (12)||2004-01-17||DM-Arena, Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany||Lost Lineal & WBO light heavyweight titles.|
|Win||Dariusz Michalczewski||SD||12 (12)||2003-10-18||Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany||Won Lineal & WBO light heavyweight titles.|
|Win||Manu Ntoh||UD||10 (10)||2003-06-06||La Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, Texas, United States|
|Win||Kenny Bowman||TKO||3 (10)||2003-04-11||DePaul Athletic Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||Glen Johnson||MD||10 (10)||2003-01-24||Crowne Plaza Hotel, Commerce, California, United States|
|Win||Thomas Reid||TKO||3 (10)||2002-10-12||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Jonathan Young||TKO||9 (10)||2002-06-29||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Joseph Kiwanuka||TKO||7 (10)||2002-04-27||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Tyrone Armstead||TKO||2 (10)||2002-02-22||Palace Indian Gaming Center, Lemoore, California, United States|
|Loss||Roy Jones, Jr.||UD||12 (12)||2001-07-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States||For WBC, WBA, & IBF light heavyweight titles.|
|Win||Konstantin Semerdjiev||TKO||5 (8)||2001-04-08||Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Julian Letterlough||UD||12 (12)||2001-02-02||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States||Retained WBC FECARBOX, & Won NABO light heavyweight titles.|
|Win||Jorge Amparo||TKO||5 (8)||2000-09-23||Convention Center, Ontario, California, United States|
|Win||Patrick Swann||TKO||4 (12)||2000-07-29||Caesars Tahoe, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, United States||Retained WBC FECARBOX light heavyweight title.|
|Win||Tony Menefee||TKO||4 (10)||2000-06-22||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Jesus Ruiz||TKO||9 (12)||2000-05-05||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States||Won WBC FECARBOX light heavyweight title.|
|Win||Dave Boone||KO||5 (10)||2000-03-11||Civic Center, Maywood, California, United States|
|Win||Gary Campbell||KO||2 (8)||1999-12-03||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||Wilson Smith||TKO||3 (8)||1999-10-04||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Akinobu Yamamura||TKO||3 (8)||1999-07-31||Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan|
|Win||Reggie Roberts||UD||8||1999-06-21||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||Francisco Barra||KO||3 (8)||1999-05-14||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||Paul Jones||KO||2 (6)||1999-03-08||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Gustavo Enriquez||UD||6||1998-12-07||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||Charles Davis||MUD||6||1998-09-26||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States|
|Win||Derrick Edwards||UD||6||1998-07-20||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||Aljenon DeBose||KO||4 (6)||1998-07-11||Long Beach, California, United States|
|Win||Calvin Combs||TKO||5 (6)||1998-05-28||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||Jude Agu||UD||6||1998-03-26||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||Nathaniel Miles||UD||6||1998-02-23||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||Zaire Patterson||UD||4||1997-12-08||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||James Brock||KO||2 (4)||1997-09-29||Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, United States|
|Win||Charles Jefferson||UD||4||1997-08-11||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Robert Rios||TKO||1 (4)||1997-06-27||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||James Brock||KO||1 (4)||1997-06-09||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||Alex Federov||TKO||2 (4)||1997-05-30||Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California, United States|
|Win||Alex Federov||UD||4||1997-04-07||Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, California, United States||Professional debut.|
- List of lineal boxing world champions
- List of light heavyweight boxing champions
- List of WBO world champions
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