At the age of 21, Jose is a two-year pro. A rising young prospect at 126 pounds, he is the first cousin of former four-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez – Jose’s father and Roman’s father are brothers.
He stayed active with seven fights in 2016 and three in 2017.
In his last fight on December 9 in New York, Jose had a six-round draw against Adan Gonzales.
The Ring’s Vladimir Lik reported from ringside [excerpts]: In featherweight action, New York City’s Jose Gonzalez and Adan Gonzales fought to a majority-decision draw over six rounds. The official scores at ringside were 58-56 for Gonzalez and 57-57 twice.
The 21-year-old Gonzalez brilliantly counterpunched Adan Gonzales, but failed to follow up with anything meaningful.
Colorado-native Adan had no answer for Jose’s straight left hand, which found an easy target whenever he chose to throw it. [End Lik item]
Jose said, “I train at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn – that’s my home gym. I’ve been training there my whole life.
“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!”
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: José said, “I was born and raised in New York City, Harlem. My father is Nicaraguan and my mother is Dominican. I have two brothers and no sisters. My father, Martin Gonzalez, is a full-time boxing trainer. He used to box as an amateur – he represented Nicaragua in the Olympics. Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez is my first cousin – my father and his father are brothers. Roman is the number-one pound-for-pound champion, and I want to be like him one day, follow his path. Another cousin, Christopher Gonzalez, is a boxer. One of my uncles was an Olympic coach for Nicaragua, but he died in April, 2016.
“I was five years old when I started boxing. My father brought me to the boxing gym, and I just started loving it from there. It’s a family tradition – it runs in the blood.
“I had 50 amateur fights, 40 wins and 10 losses. I was fighting in national tournaments when I only had 20 fights, and I was beating kids who had like, 200 fights.
“I’m naturally left-handed, I do everything left-handed. I live with my parents and I still go to school.”…