Paul Gonzales in 2016
|Full name||Paul Garza Gonzales|
|Born||April 18, 1964 (age 52)
Pecos, Texas, U.S.
- 1983 United States Amateur Light Flyweight Champion
- 1984 Olympic Light-Flyweight Gold Medalist at Los Angeles Games. Results were:
Gonzales began his professional career in 1985 and went on to challenge Bantamweight legend Orlando Canizales for the IBF Bantamweight title in 1990 in a rematch of a 1986 bout in which Gonzales won by unanimous decision. In the rematch, Gonzales was stopped by TKO in the 2nd due to cuts. After two more losses against lackluster competition, Gonzales hung up his gloves in 1991.
Gonzales tried to run for office, but was defeated. He was a car salesman and now works at Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East L.A., where he works as a Recreation Supervisor for Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.
- "Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States", Manuel G. Gonzales. Page 299. Indiana University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-253-21400-9, ISBN 978-0-253-21400-3
- OLYMPICS; A Promise, a Death and a Dream – New York Times
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