Saul Sanchez faces Franklin Gonzalez in duel of energy punchers in Florida


Saul Sanchez. Picture by Dave Mandel/SHOWTIME

A crossroads bout between high-volume boxer-punchers will spotlight the subsequent ProBox TV card.

Saul Sanchez will sq. off towards Franklin Gonzalez Wednesday night time. The ten-round junior featherweight bout will happen on the Whitesands Occasions Heart in Plant Metropolis, Florida and can headline a three-bout card that can stream reside on the ProBox TV app and YouTube web page (8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT).

“It’s a extremely well-matched combat,” stated ProBox TV government Chris Glover to The Ring Monday night time. “You might have somebody who’s well-known to boxing followers in Saul Sanchez. He’s Mexican and an motion man, who’s a extremely good fighter, towards a sport Venezuelan (fighter) in Franklin Gonzalez, who shouldn’t be as well-known. However he had a great combat final day out. He’s trying to get again on observe with a win.

“If (Gonzalez) beats Sanchez, then which means he’s a high fighter. Sanchez is coming into the combat stuffed with confidence. It’s an awesome 50-50 combat. It’s going to be all motion, all night time. Neither fighter goes to take a step again. It is going to be an awesome combat on June 14.”

Sanchez (18-2, 11 knockouts), who resides within the Los Angeles suburb of Pacoima, has not fought since June 17 of final 12 months, dropping a 10-round split-decision to Eros Correa in a combat 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 combat befell on a ShoBox card.

The 26-year-old has been a staple on Thompson Boxing playing cards. Sanchez additionally fought twice on Boxeo Telemundo playing cards, notching first-round knockout victories over Daniel Lozano and Frank Gonzalez, respectively.

Gonzalez (25-2, 25 KOs) is hoping to snap a two-fight winless streak. In his final combat on February 23, Gonzalez rallied late, however fell brief, dropping a split-decision to Manuel Flores. Gonzalez was knocked down within the fifth spherical.

The 26-year-old, who resides in Los Teques, Venezuela and is managed by Shane Shapiro, additionally has a split-decision loss to Jorge Chavez that befell in February 2021.

Gonzalez’s most notable victory was a knockout over former world titleholder Felix Machado in Might 2019 in a combat the place Machado’s greatest days have been method behind him.

Within the co-feature, Dominic Valle of close by Lutz will face Carlos Rosario in a six-round junior light-weight bout.

Valle (5-0, 4 KOs) defeated Jose Antonio Meza by unanimous resolution in his final bout on November 4. The 22-year-old, who’s the dual brother of unbeaten junior middleweight Marques Valle, has fought all of his bouts on the Whitesands, often known as the ProBox TV, Occasions Heart.

Rosario (6-1, 3 KOs), who’s initially from Fajardo, Puerto Rico and now resides in Winter Haven, Florida, suffered his first loss as a professional to Ezequiel Borrero on November 4 in a conflict of unbeaten fighters. The 27-year-old rebounded in his final bout on April 29, defeating previously-unbeaten Joshafat Ortiz by cut up resolution.

Within the opening bout of the stream, Oscar Alvarez of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico will face Jonhatan Cardoso in an eight-round light-weight bout.

The 19-year-old Alvarez (9-0, 7 KOs) had a stellar newbie profession, accumulating a formidable 665-12 newbie file. The 6’3” prospect, who’s promoted by Man Taylor, defeated Diego Lopez Juarez by majority resolution in his final bout on March 8. The victory over Lopez befell six weeks after Alvarez received a technical resolution over fringe contender Nicolas Polanco.

Cardoso (15-1, 14 KOs), who resides in San Paulo, Brazil, additionally fought on the identical day (January 25) Alvarez defeated Polanco, defeating previously-unbeaten Jose Arellano by unanimous resolution.


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


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