Yunieski Gonzalez Eyes Move To Cruiserweight After KO Loss
By Elisinio Castillo
Yunieski Gonzalez (18-3, 14 KO’s) took a step back in his career with Saturday’s knockout loss, but in terms of weight he will take a leap forward. The next time we see the boxing will be in the cruiserweight division.
After getting knocked out in the third round against Oleksandr Gvozdyk (13-0, 11 KO’s) in an HBO televised co-feature, the light heavyweight asked his team to be promoted to the next division.
“He told us that he did not feel the power in his punches at 175 pounds,” said Michael Luzbet, manager of the Cuban boxer, to George Ebro. “I see nothing that would prevent Yunieski from rising to 200 pounds where he could feel more comfortable.”
According to Luzbet, the fat index in Gonzalez’s body is extremely low and every time he loses weight before a fight date he is forced to cut muscle and that is something that affected his performance against Gvozdyk.
After the first round with some parity and some exchanges, Gonzalez began to collapse in the second before he was knocked down a couple of times in the third, forcing his corner to stop the action.
“This is not the Yunieski we all wanted to see and he apologized to his fans, but we also have to admit that he fell with his boots on. No one can say he shied away from the fight or started running. We would have liked to see him have more time in action, but he met a man of great quality,” the manager said.
The victory over Gonzalez is a trophy the list of victims for Gvozdyk, who has added triumphs over Nadjib Mohammedi, Tommy Karpency, Isaac Chilemba, among others.
A bronze medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, according to CompuBox, Gvozdyk landed 45 percent of his punches, and 68 percent of these were considered to be power shots.
Many fans were wondering how much the absence of head trainer Pedro Diaz could have influenced the fight, but Luzbet felt that Diaz’s absence had no impact on the result.
“We knew Pedro was not going to be there and we are totally pleased with the work of his corner, headed by Yordanis Despaigne,” Luzbet said. “The action of the fight did not provide enough time for anything. The important thing is that we have not seen the last of Yunieski. He will come back stronger than ever at his new weight. ”