Saul Sanchez bounces again with KO victory over Franklin Gonzalez


Saul Sanchez (left) vs. Franklin Gonzalez. Photograph / @ProBox_TV

Fringe bantamweight contender Saul Sanchez returned to the win column Wednesday evening, dropping hard-hitting Franklin Gonzalez 4 instances en path to a knockout win on the Whitesands (aka ProBox TV) Occasions Heart in Plant Metropolis, Florida.

Sanchez, who resides within the Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima, improved to 19-2, 12 knockouts.

Each fighters had their moments in the course of the first two rounds, buying and selling mixtures within the heart of the ring. Gonzalez was in a position to join with a sequence of punches within the first spherical however was surprised by a left hook from Sanchez. Gonzalez continued to remain within the pocket, which could have been his downfall.

From the third spherical on, Sanchez started breaking Gonzalez down. His correct and efficient punches started to decelerate Gonzalez, who started combating on his again foot.

About halfway by means of the fourth spherical, a straight proper hand to the physique dropped Gonzalez to at least one knee in a nook. Gonzalez was in a position to beat the rely however seemed drained and winded because the struggle progressed.

Sanchez continued controlling the struggle in Spherical 5, ultimately ending issues throughout the next spherical. A couple of minute into spherical six, a right-left mixture to the physique dropped Gonzalez, who beat the rely, however was dropped a second time from a proper to the physique, adopted by a barrage of punches. Gonzalez was in a position to beat the rely once more however dropped to the canvas from a tough left hook to the physique, prompting referee Timothy Younger to cease the struggle at 2:03.

The 26-year-old had not fought since June 17 of final yr, dropping a 10-round split-decision to Eros Correa in a struggle many thought Sanchez did sufficient to win. The loss to Correa snapped a string of six consecutive wins, together with a formidable knockout win over Ja’Rico O’Quinn in September 2021. That struggle came about on a ShoBox card.

Sanchez has been a staple of Thompson Boxing playing cards. Sanchez additionally fought twice not too long ago on Boxeo Telemundo playing cards, notching first-round knockout victories over Daniel Lozano and Frank Gonzalez, respectively.

Gonzalez, who resides in Los Teques, Venezuela, falls to 25-3, 25 KOs. He beforehand fought on February 23, rallying late, however dropping a split-decision to then-unbeaten Manuel Flores. Gonzalez was knocked down within the fifth spherical of that struggle.

Within the co-feature, light-weight Jonhatan Cardoso dropped Oscar Valdez as soon as en path to a third-round knockout.

Cardoso was the dominant fighter from the opening bell, repeatedly touchdown with overhand and counter proper crosses to the top of Alvarez. With a few minute left within the opening spherical, a proper cross staggered Alvarez again into the ropes. Referee Michael DeJesus dominated the ropes held up Alvarez and administered a standing eight-count.

The 6-foot-3 boxer fought again, however his lengthy and looping punches left him open to be countered to the top. Cardoso fought a disciplined struggle, working from the middle of the ring, and throwing two or three-punch mixtures.

Early within the third spherical, an unintentional conflict of heads opened a reduce over the precise eye of Alvarez. The reduce appeared to mentally have an effect on Alvarez, who backed up extra on his personal versus being walked down by Cardoso. Later within the spherical, a left hook staggered Alvarez, prompting Cardoso to comply with and batter Alvarez. Though Alvarez fought again off the ropes, his nook threw within the towel, prompting referee Michael DeJesus to cease the struggle at 1:56.

The 24-year-old Cardoso has now gained his final two fights since dropping by knockout to Juan Huertas on June 17 of final yr.

Alvarez, who resides in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, falls to 9-1, 7 KOs. The 19-year-old reportedly had an newbie report of 665-12.

Within the opening bout of the ProBox TV card, junior light-weight Dominic Valle (6-0, 5 KOs) of close by Lutz remained unbeaten, stopping Carlos Rosario within the sixth spherical.

Rosario was efficient early on, connecting with uppercuts to the top of Valle. Because the bout progressed, Valle started strolling Rosario down. He elevated his aggression and punch output, however utilized angles to seek out openings to attach with hooks and crosses to the top.

Valle didn’t let up into the second half of the struggle, breaking Rosario down, particularly with hooks to the physique. Valle battered Rosario within the last spherical, who was in survival mode. With seconds left within the sixth spherical, a proper cross damage Rosario. Rosario tried to struggle again, however referee Christopher Younger stopped the bout at 2:59.

Rosario, who’s initially from Fajardo, Puerto Rico and now resides in Winter Haven, Florida, falls to 6-2, 3 KOs.


Francisco A. Salazar has written for The Ring since October 2013 and has lined boxing in Southern California and overseas since 2000. Francisco additionally covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper. He may be reached at [email protected]


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