Paul Gonzales

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Paul Gonzales
Paul Gonzales 2016.jpg
Paul Gonzales in 2016
Personal information
Full name Paul Garza Gonzales
Born April 18, 1964 (1964-04-18) (age 52)
Pecos, Texas, U.S.

Paul Garza Gonzales (born April 18, 1964) was an American boxer, who won the light flyweight gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

Amateur career[edit]

Gonzales was the winner of the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at those Games, after having won a silver medal the previous year at the 1983 Pan American Games.

Amateur highlights[edit]

Professional career[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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
  2. ^ OLYMPICS; A Promise, a Death and a Dream – New York Times

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