caught up with middleweight prospect Brandon 'flawless' Gonzales in May
2010. Check out what the rising prospect had to say in this exclusive
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what got you involved in boxing?
My name is Brandon
Gonzales 11-0 as a professional in the middleweight division 9 of the 11
bouts were by stoppage. As an amateur and was ranked #1 in the country by
USA boxing and traveled with the International team. I turned Pro in 2007
and I've been moving along ever since. It was always something that I wanted
to do but as I was growing up and we were moving around a lot I was not
able to get into a gym. About 6 years ago when I came into Sacramento I got
into a boxing gym and started training.
SA: Who was your
inspiration in boxing?
an amateur I looked up to Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard. I tried to
emulate the things they did as an amateur and molded my own style from the
old school fighters Marvin Hagler and a lot of the guys from the 80’s and
some of the recent fighters like Floyd Mayweather. Boxing is an art and I
have a lot of respect for the art so I want to be the best at my craft.
Do you see yourself in one of these boxers?
don't know so much personality wise it's more of a style of fighting that I
look toward. I admire Muhammad Ali for the things he did outside of the
ring and how much of an impact he had on a global scale. So maybe a lot of
inspiration comes from him. Some of the things he stood for more so toward
him than anyone else.
What is your goal in boxing?
The cliche is everyone wants to be World Champion but of course that, but at
some time you want to be successful you want to use the sport to set up
things for your family to have a future to look forward to.
So how did you get involved with legendary boxing trainer Ray Woods?
Ray Wood has always been in my corner as a professional, ever since I turned
pro and about the 2nd or 3rd fight is when we made the transition to move
Ray to my head trainer.
SA: What is the difference between your old trainer and Ray?
training it was amateur style. When I came over with Ray he thought me to
conduct myself as a professional inside the ring, controlling the pace be
ready to go long periods of time 10-12 rounds, sitting down on your shots
focusing more on placing them with power, efficiency of the punches versus
the Amateur training which is more about output. So it is more to being a
professional inside the ring and this was the main reason why I turned Ray
because I knew he had already been there training his son to a world title
and was established as a world class trainer so that was my main reason for
training with Ray, so I decided to go with him as a professional.
Do you have a fight coming up
and who will be your opponent?
May 22nd we will be fighting at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV. It is
part of the their extreme fights installment. It will be the 4th one I've
been a part of and am looking forward to a great show. So far they had a few
guys lined up but as of right now they don't have an opponent but I'm
confident they will get somebody. So we are just doing our job on the end.
SA: What do you have planned for your next fight?
You never go in looking for a knock out. Beause that's not the show you
want to deliver to the fans. You just want to go in and see progression
regardless you want to see yourself become more of a professional each time
and every time out and increase and get better in the areas as far as
becoming a World Champion.
How's training coming along?
Training is going excellent.
It is intense, a kill or be killed environment it is tough, strenuous and
not for the weak hearted.
It is a phase so right now so that means a lot of sparring. I look forward
to coming in working with the guys that we have. We got excellent guys that
really bring it in the gym. so right now it is definitely the sparring and
next week I am going to say mitt work because it is the phase in training.
You had the opportunity to go to Germany to train, tell me about it.
Yes I was in Germany for a month I got the opportunity to work with Danilo
Haussler when he fought Mikkel Kessler and I was with him for about 2 weeks.
From there I went to work with Arthur Abraham when he was getting ready for
Raul Marquez. It was a great experience a lot of different cities and I saw
alot of different things it opened my eyes to a whole new culture and food.
It was an excellent opportunity.
SA: What is the difference between Europeans and American training?
didn't get to see too much of the training, I did not work with any trainers
out there but I saw a lot of the fighters. It is definitely different. The
style of fighting is different working with europeans fighters and american
fighters you see that in the amateurs international competition. The
styles are the biggest things that are different. I've also worked with
Mikkel Kessler when he came out here to fight Andre Ward and the style is
different as night and day.
SA: You have sparred a lot of champions do you see yourself fighting against any
That's the goal not necessarily these individuals but that class or level of
opposition that's what we are headed to and how we conduct ourselves with
that type of opposition now gives you great confidence moving forward to
when you do get to that level your well prepared.
Nobody in particular it is just the promoter
lines them up and we knock them down. Whoever is in our way to get where we
need to go. We are ready for whatever or whenever.
How would you describe your stlye?
Everything is set up off my jab but the thing I take pride in is just
showing world class boxing skills. Being exciting but at the same time
showing a skill level that's not everyones show. That's what I take pride in
showing a lot of skill in what we do and work on in here. I practice day in
day out dedicating to my craft.
Are you an aggressive fighter?
try to be as efficient as possible. You want to make everything count
everything you do has to have some meaning in the ring as you more along
more and more you get better at conserving yourself and every shot counts.
SA: What can the boxing fans expect from you in the future?
To stay as busy as possible right now. We are with "Let's Get It On
Promotions." Terry and Tommy Lane out of Reno. They got us on a good pace
right now moving every 6 weeks and hopefully we will be competing for a
Regional title toward the end of the year. Hopefully real soon we will do a
big show back here in Sacramento.
What is the toughest fight so far?
think the last fight was the most experience opponent that we have seen thus
far. Darnell Boone who had 30+ fights he has been around his been all the
top prospects and that was the first time going 8 rounds, so I learned a lot
in that fight and learned alot about myself in that fight that we were able
to go the rounds strong. It was a great learning experience. We almost got
to stoppage early but he is a crafty veteran, survived and we went the
distance and I felt we had a good performance.
SA: What was the easiest fight?
You always got those ones in your career that you KO early so the first 9
knock outs 4 or 5 of them are within 2 or 3 rounds. The hard works in the
gym and the fights are supposed to be easy so we put the work in the gym and
you see the results in the fights.
Anything you would like to tell your fans?
Just would like to thank everyone. Come out and keep supporting. We have a
tremendous crowd coming out from the Bay Area, Sacramento - when we fight in
Reno where we establish ourselves. This year 2010 is definitely going to be
a our year. I am on Facebook and have a fan page on there and world like
everybody to check it out (Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales). They can see
photos and videos from my precious fights. Just stay tuned!