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One of the most exciting prospects in the sport, 20-year-old super featherweight Christian "Chimpa" Gonzalez has thrilled fans by winning each of his professional bouts by knockout, seven in the first round.
The youngest brother of former WBC Featherweight World Champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez has boxing insiders raving that this 19-year-old phenom will be the next member of the family to earn championship gold.
A blistering puncher with both hands, Gonzalez turned professional on August 17, 2013 with a 41-second knockout of Alfredo Echeverria. Since then he has only let three of his next nine opponents out of the first round with several of his finishes coming in less than two minutes.
In his next recent bout, Gonzalez proved that he could go the distance if necessary, showing poise and boxing savvy in a near-shutout six-round decision over Darryl Hayes on June 4, 2015. In the latter half of 2015, Gonzalez put together back-to-back second round knockouts, defeating Luis Lizarraga Jr. in September and Alejandro Ochoa in December and earned a third straight knockout against David Rodela to open up his 2016 campaign.
Part of the non-televised undercard of Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido on June 4, 2016, Gonzalez took on Jhon Gemino from the Philippines in a scheduled eight-round lightweight bout. Going the distance for the second time in his career, Gonzalez won via unanimous decision with scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73. Gonzalez repeatedly walked Gemino into the ropes, where he then let loose with a flurry of combinations and visibly draining his opponent. Gemino fought back gamely, landing a few solid punches to Gonzalez's head and upper body during the fourth round - though Gonzalez came back the next round with several solid uppercuts through Gemino's guard. Through the final rounds, Gemino played defensive, making several strong upper body blows to Gonzalez - while Gonzalez continued to dominate the center of the ring and control the tempo of the fight.