Gonzalez: Nishioka disinterested in rematch

Phil Jay 27/12/2011

WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez has told World Boxing News that he had hoped to avenge his 2009 loss to current WBC super-bantamweight belt holder Toshiaki Nishioka only for the Japanese fighter to turn him down.

The 31 year-old, who has stopped all eleven opponents since then within six rounds, was hoping that Nishioka would meet him again after being stopped in three rounds on his home soil, only to be left disappointed as Nishioka was unwilling to accept his request.

“With Nishioka, I don’t think it will happen ever again because he and his team are not interested in a rematch,” Gonzalez told World Boxing News.

“My sponsors proposed the bout to the 122lb champion but he would not take the fight and so we have moved on.”

Gonzalez now looks set to fight Mandatory challenger Eloy Perez in March as previously stated to World Boxing News and then may be ready to unify the division before a crack at the super-featherweights later in the year.