By Sylvana Ambrosanio

04/15/13

Former WBC world champion Alejandro "Cobrita" Gonzales talks to me and shares his story. Have you ever wondered what a world class fighter thinks, or feels? You now get the chance to find out, in this exclusive one on one piece. He talks about his life, boxing, and much much more! "When you wanted to fight for the World Championship, you had to fight the best – you did not have an option to avoid the best! You MUST have fought the best in order to get the privilege of actually fighting the champion and getting the belt", stated Cobrita.

Read his exclusive story only here at SylvanaBoxing:

I am Alejandro “Cobrita“ Gonzales and I would like to tell you my story. I started boxing at a very young age. Why? Simply because I used to beat the boys when getting into fights as a kid. Yes, I was fighting on the streets of Mexico every day. A friend of mine had a neighbor who went to the boxing gym and he lived in our neighborhood. So when he heard about me, he took me to the boxing gym. I started training with Julian Magdaleno and Javier Capetillo.

I actually became an amateur boxer at the age of 13 and fought my way up. When I was 15 years old, it was time for me to join the professional boxing ranks. You have to understand that being so young, actually stepping into the ring for my first fight made me very nervous. I knew I was good because nobody wanted to fight me, but personally I always wanted to fight the best because I wanted to be the best. At one point they had me fighting against a strong boxer and my parents were already thinking that maybe I won’t get back into the ring because of it and I may quit the sport. So that is basically why they really tried to set me up with tough fights, but I loved it. I started off with 4 rounders, had two fights and thank God I won them. I then moved up to 6 rounders, and then as you can guess I went up to 8 rounders. When I was about 16 years old I was fighting a good opponent in a 10 round bout and won by knock-out. Yes, at the age of 16 I fought ten rounds! When I was 17, I fought in a tournament and beat the champion in the first round by knock-out. That’s how I started out in boxing.

Boxing has changed a lot since I started. You didn’t have as many techniques and it was sort of simple back then. Back in the day, when you wanted to fight for the World Championship, you had to fight the best – you did not have an option to avoid the best! You MUST have fought the best in order to get the privilege of actually fighting the champion and getting the belt. You could not choose who to fight, and you could not cherry pick. You had to fight who you had to fight, and you had to beat the best to get a shot at the best. I never got anything for free. I had to fight very hard for everything that I have ever achieved in my career. I had to put in a lot of work and but it all paid off in the end.

Cobrita, Brandon Rios, Sylvana, Francisco Espinosa

My time finally came and I had fought my way up to fight for the WBC belt against Former World Champion Kevin Kelly, who had 41 fights at the time. It was a tough fight. You can only imagine who everyone was rooting for - the champion of course! I wanted to win though. I was so confident and I won in the 10th round. Another tough fight I had was with your friend, Steve Forbes.

You know what I think made me different to boxers today? I fought anyone, anywhere, anytime and I always enjoyed it. I also like to hang out with friends and going to boxing fights. I like women who are fun and are pretty like you! My family has always supported me in good times as well as in bad times. My wife has always had my back from day one, and has never left my site to this today. 

The world of boxing has currently many good boxers but most of them haven’t proven themselves yet. Canelo Alvarez has to prove himself against a top fighter. He will face Trout soon who is a very good opponent for Canelo. He now has the chance to prove himself and confirm if he is really as good as he seems. Another good fighter is my son. There’s plenty of good fighters also who train here in California. For example Giovani Segura, and like I said my son Alejandro "Cobrita” Gonzales Jr." along with a few other amateur boxers as well.

To all my people in Germany, Europe, The States and all around the world, thank you very much for all your support and being interested in reading about my story! Please keep an eye on my son Alejandro Cobrita Gonzales Jr. Don’t let him out of your eyes. He’s the youth CMB World Champion and you will see him a lot in the ring in near the future. I hope you have enjoyed me telling you my story. We will see what happens in the next chapter of my life. I wish everyone reading this all the best, and now let’s see what the future holds for us all! Thank you, Cobrita Gonzales.

Cobrita and Sylvana