At the age of 20, Jose has been fighting as a pro since January, 2016. A prospect at 126 pounds, he is the first cousin of four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez – Jose’s father and Roman’s father are brothers.
In his last fight on August 27 in Fallon, Nevada, Jose won a four-round unanimous decision against Gelacio Cruz.
Jose dominated the fight and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards.
Jose said, “I train at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn – that’s my home gym. I’ve been training there my whole life. I spar a lot with a couple of guys – Elton Dharry and Ariel Lopez.
“I mix it up – I’m a boxer and a brawler. It depends on the opponent, but I like brawling – the fans come to see a fight!
“I’ve been to Nicaragua like, five times. My father and grandfather have a house there, and we see Roman every time we go.
“I know Roman very well – I’m very cool with him. I was with him when he fought at Madison Square Garden, and he gave me a tracksuit. Every time I fight, he always gives me great advice – in the ring and out of the ring.”
Regarding his nickname, he said, “My nickname is a family tradition. My father had it first, and the next ‘Chocolatito’ was my uncle, Roman – he was the one that made it big, up in the sky!”