Christian Gonzalez heads into the first eight-rounder of his career on Friday night in California aiming to continue his impressive run in the super-featherweight ranks.
The 20 year-old battles Alejandro Ochoa at the Belasco Theater on the latest instalment of Golden Boy’s LA Fight Club, and after putting together an impressive 11-0 record with 10 stoppages, is keen to standout on top billing.
“It feels great (fighting for the fourth time this year). It keeps my rhythm going. You don’t lose that distance in the ring. It was supposed to be my fifth fight, but I got sick for one of them,” Gonzalez told World Boxing News.
“I’ve been working on being more relaxed as I’m fighting eight rounds now. I’m working on having more time to take the shots. We are working on the errors I have made in past fights and sparring as there is always room for improvement.
“It feels good to be back at the Belasco Theater as it’s a great atmosphere. It almost always sells out so it feels really good when everyone is into the fight and chanting your name. I love fighting there.”
Asked whether he’s looking to keep his 90% ratio run going against ten-loss Ochoa, 26, Gonzalez replied: “Our mentality is to always fight the distance. We always train to go the distance. I always like the knock out, but if it doesn’t come, I am ready to fight eight rounds.
“By this time next year I hope to fight a ten rounder.”
With the 130 pound division currently on the up, Gonzalez aims to be in the mix at the top level by 2017 and pointed to the recent victory by Francisco Vargas over Takashi Miura as one of the standout moments of this year.
“I don’t know about fighting Francisco Vargas soon, but he is someone I look up to and not because he just won a title. I knew him when I first started boxing as we would work out at the same gym,” said Gonzalez.
“To see his performance against Miura was inspiring and gives me the confidence that I can one day do the same thing as him and become world champion.”