Posted by Don Smith on Apr 29, 2013
Jesus Gonzales Dropped From Contract: Future Uncertain

Jesus Gonzales Dropped From Contract: Future Uncertain

Boxing Fans: Breaking News – By Don Smith

    Fan Base Promotions  has officially ended its’ relationship with former IBF/NABF Super Middleweight Champion Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales. According to a FBP spokesperson, this decision comes after consulting with several Neurological specialists  and multiple  state boxing officials who recommend that the popular Phoenix pugilist end his career as a precautionary health measure. Their conclusion was based on screened results from past and recent MRI tests. Attempts to reach the 28 year old Arizona Native ,by phone, failed. What the former champ will decide to do is pure speculation,but his options are limited and If he does choose to continue boxing, he will find it almost impossible to fight on the East coast where he  has been previously denied a boxing licenseby the State of Connecticut  which alerted other states of its’ findings. In effect, the action taken by Connecticut could snowball into a state by state boycott and force him to fight outside of the United States.  It is within the realm of possibility.
    If this is his last hurrah as a fighter, Gonzales will leave the game without winning a world title, a promise he couldn’t deliver to his loyal fans. Some boxing scribes will write that he didn’t work hard enough to reach the  top. He was described a natural born athlete whose vertical leap was high enough for him to reach up and touch the rim of a collegiate basketball hoop. Despite his unquestionable ability, his boxing handlers grumbled about his work ethic. He  earned areputation of showing up late  and leaving early. In reality,the son of a boxer was better suited to fight at 160, but he insisted on fighting at 168 until Adonis “Superman” Stevenson convinced him otherwise when the knocked out the much smaller Gonzales in the first round of their brief encounter at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2/12/12.  The Knockout  replay went viral on You tube and El Martillo’s (Spanish for the Hammer) hometown fan base was in a state of disbelief.
  After the dramatic KO loss, FBP moved quickly to find him a viable opponent. They felt he had to overcome  the mental and physical trauma absorded from  the Stevenson loss even though Fan Base didn’t want him to fight Stevenson in the first place. It was Gonzales who made the decision to fly to Montreal, Quebec and fight in Superman’s backyard.
 Later in 2012, Gonzales was offered a fight with  Elvis Ayala, a good, but not great middleweight. Without much hesitation,Team Gonzales agreed to take on the fight. It was short notice; no time to waste. Gonzales was asked to shed a few pounds down to 160 and provide a clean MRI. It is mandatory to undergo a MRI test after suffering a knockout. It is for the fighter’s protection.
   Time passed and still no MRI. Finally, Gonzales went to his family physician who referred the boxer to a Radiology facility in Phoenix where the test was conducted.   Upon completion, his family doctor looked at the images and declared  the Phoenix fit to fight. Fan Base was happy, Gonzales was happy. The next step was to simply forward the results to the Quebec Boxing Commission where authorities would look at the “positive” test result  and lift the suspension placed on Gonzales and then forward the the proper paper work to Connecticut. Simple as ABC. Excuse me, nothing is simple in boxing.
 About 7-8 days before the scheduled fight date, no word, no paperwork. The promoter  was getting anxious and about to go into panic mode when Connecticut boxing officials started to look into El Martillo’s medical past. They reportedly found MRI tests conducted on him when he boxed for Top Rank and Star Boxing. In 2005 Gonzales, suffered an 8th round TKO loss  at the hands of Jose Luis Vertuche at America West Arena in Phoenix. Gonzales claimed he broke a hand in the early rounds and the injury led to his ultimate loss. After the fight, the relationship between Top Rank and Gonzales became less than amicable. Both parties denied  a spat, but Gonzales was eventually released.
    It was toward the end of the Top Rank era when rumors began to spread  about administered  tests that didn’t bode well for the future of Jesus Gonzales. To be more specific, an MRI test allegedly  conducted by Top Rank after the Zertuche fight. Gonzales dismissed the rumors as smear attacks from Top Rank. He retaliated by playing the victim card. Almost everyone in the Arizona Boxing Community fell in line with his sympathetic  defense. After all, he was the hometown boy and Phoenix loves El Martillo.
    After Top Rank said goodbye, the young fighter found a temporary home with Star Boxing who signed him and then released him,after a few fights, amid more rumors. Some of his closest friends worried about him and thought his career was over. He had become a boxing afterthought. Boxing writers and  sportscasters  rarely mentioned his name and when they did, it was in the past tense.
    At a time when  his boxing career was literally on life support, Fan Base Promotions saw something that others didn’t see and they signed him. He scored impressive wins in Canada and Phoenix and a huge win over tough Francisco Sierra at the US Airways Center in Phoenix on July 8, 2011. It was a night to remember, more than  5,000  rabid boxing fans  bought tickets instead of staying home to watch the ESPN FNF telecast on their home box while sipping a few cool ones. After he fight, Gonzales refused to go to the hospital and take care of several nasty cuts, instead he mingled with crowd, signed autographs and posed for pictures. It was a historic night for Arizona boxing fans and they will always remember Gonzales for that special night when he won the IBF/NABF Super Middleweight Title.
   When Gonzales was removed from the  Ayala Card, I called Connecticut to find out what happened. I was told that the Connecticut Boxing Commission reviewed previous MRI tests and decided those results showed a clear and present danger to the health of Gonzales; therefore, he wouldn’t be allowed to fight Ayala or anyone else in the state of Connecticut or New York.  In other words, he is banned to fight in New York and Connecticut.  The state of Connecticut didn’t bother to look at the MRI result submitted to Montreal before removing Gonzales from the Ayala fight. In fact, it wasn’t received until after the decision to ban Gonzales from fighting was made. States and nations rarely share the same standards and rules in the administering of health rules and tests.
    Jesus may argue with the the cautious and protective decisions made by the State of  Connecticut and Fan Base, it is his right to do so. My personal concern is his  health. I hope he goes to an independent radiologist for an MRI and then takes the film to a highly qualified Neurologist to be read.   As for his legacy…that will take care of itself. He should be more worried about his personal health and family.  Also, I am aware of the social media chatter concerning Jesus and the now canceled fight between Sergio Mora and El Martillo. For the record, Mora and Gonzales were to be paid the same dollar amount if the fight scheduled for  April 19 became a reality. At least five knuckle heads sent me emails insisting that Mora was set to draw a $20,000.00 payday  while Jesus aka Ernie was going to get a wet handshake and $3.000.00.  I saw the contract and it read that both fighters were going to draw the same size paycheck.  Glad to nip a lie in the bud.   Until Next Time!

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Don Smith became interest in boxing from age 8 when his Dad gave him a pair of gloves, he eventually wore them out. During his Don Smith served in the US Army as a Military Police Desk SGT. The skills he learned while writing reports laid the foundation for him becoming a journalist. According to Don “I didn’t really flip the switch to journalism until I was detained in Belfast Ireland for taking pictures during my vacation in Ireland. I made the questionable mistake of trying to albii my way out of the situation by claiming to be a journalist, wrong move. No diplomatic immunity, ha ha. II returned to college in Texas, wrote for my college paper as a paid staffer”. He grew up during the Friday Night Era, and In his role as a sports writer, he has rubbed elbos with Leonard, Norton, Ali, Mancini, Cokes, Paez and other champion boxers. His his works have been high lighted and published by Community Newspapers in Texas, Sports Stringer, Dallas Morning News, WRR Radio Critic Dallas Texas, KCHU Radio Talk Show Host Dallas, Texas, Talk Shoow host, Plano Texas, Interviewer for OPUS & STARSHINE Networks, Interviewed more than 1,000 celebrities including 7 US Presidents, Athletes, Movie Stars, etc.

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One Response to “Jesus Gonzales Dropped From Contract: Future Uncertain”

  1. S. Gonzales says:

    This Article is Completely FALSE…
    This so called Journalist lives in a Storage shed behind someones house and Know nothing about what he is Talking about…….