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Jorge Luis González (born October 19, 1964) (DOB disputed) is a former heavyweight boxing contender and prospect born in Havana, Cuba. He won the gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games and the 1987 Pan American Games and the former WBO Latino Heavyweight Champion.

Jorge Luis González
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Jorge Luis González (right) versus Austrian Biko Botowamungu in Halle, 1987
Statistics
Real nameJorge Luis González
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Reach82 in (210 cm)[1]
NationalityCuba Cuban
Born (1964-10-19) October 19, 1964 (age 54)
Havana, Cuba
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights39
Wins31
Wins by KO27
Losses8
Draws0
No contests0

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AmateurEdit

González compiled an Amateur Record of 220-13. His highlights include:

  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1983 Pan-American Games in Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Super Heavyweight Gold Medalist at the 1987 Pan-American Games in Indianapolis, United States. His results were:
  • Lost to Lennox Lewis at the 1987 North American Championships in Toronto, Canada, by decision.

After an outstanding amateur career in Cuba, where he defeated the likes of Teofilo Stevenson, Tyrell Biggs, and Craig Payne, he defected during a Cuban Team event in Finland, in 1991.

ProEdit

He reached the US and turned professional in Miami in June 1991. His progress as a professional was severely hindered by González's refusal to co-operate with trainers or training, feeling as a top Cuban amateur there was nothing he could be taught. He went through several different trainers during his first few years as a pro.

At 6'7, he towered over his opposition, and the majority of his fights featured the huge Gonzalez crudely clubbing his victims to defeat. Although he was criticised for not fighting anyone of note, at the time he was a genuinely feared contender and top-class opponents were reticent to fight him.

His most notable results in accumulating a 23-0 (22 KO's) record were his 10 round beating and TKO of the faded but still very game and tough Renaldo Snipes, a first round KO of a faded Phil Brown, and a one punch, two-round KO of Mike Evans, a tough fringe contender that nobody had been able to stop in ten years.

In June 1995, after a heated build up, he fought hated arch rival Riddick Bowe in Las Vegas, for the WBO Heavyweight championship. Bowe exposed González for his limitations and lack of development, savagely pounding the Cuban before knocking him clean out in the 6th round.

In 1996 González returned, seemingly out of shape, for a high profile fight with ex-champ Tim Witherspoon in New York. Gonzalez blew his chance of redemption, as Witherspoon used his superior skills and big power to take González apart, decking him twice and knocking him out in five rounds, issuing an even more complete defeat than Bowe had done.

Later that year González quit midway through a fight with trial horse Ross Puritty, ending his term as a contender.

In 1997 hot prospect and equally giant Michael Grant blew him away in one round, although in 1999 a new and improved González resurfaced, in-shape and more polished, bombing out Alex Stewart in two rounds and outpointing ex-champ Greg Page over ten.

In 1999 González was involved in a heated sparring session with a South Florida based kickboxer Mike Vieira during which González was reportedly knocked out after the training session an enraged González allegedly attacked Vieira which incited a melee that spilled out of the Dania Florida gym authorities responded but no arrests were made.

A Mike Tyson fight failed to materialise as Tyson-lookalike Cliff Couser demolished the Cuban in three rounds in 2000. In 2001 González lost to Joe Mesi in four, and his career was effectively dead in 2002 when last minute sub Derek Bryant walked over him in one round.

His only title was the WBO Latino Heavyweight title which he defeated Daniel Eduardo Neto by Points decision.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
39 fights 31 wins 8 losses
By knockout 27 7
By decision 4 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
39 Loss 31–8   Derek Bryant TKO 1 (10), 2:33 18 Jan 2002   Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
38 Loss 31–7   Joe Mesi TKO 4 (10), 1:33 27 Apr 2001   Niagara Falls Civic Center, Niagara Falls, New York
37 Loss 31–6   Cliff Couser TKO 3 (10), 2:52 5 Aug 2000   Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi
36 Win 30–6   Bradley Rone UD 8 3 Jun 2000   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
35 Win 29–6   Greg Page UD 10 14 Nov 1999   Rose Garden Arena, Portland, Oregon
34 Win 28–6   Tommy Martin TKO 9 (10), 1:21 25 Jul 1999   Harrah's, Kansas City, Missouri
33 Win 27–6   Alex Stewart TKO 2 (10), 2:38 6 Jun 1999   New Frontier Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
32 Win 26–6   Rodolfo Marin TKO 4 (10), 2:02 18 Apr 1999   Miccosukee Casino, Miami, Florida
31 Win 25–6   Josh Gormley TKO 10 (10), 2:58 7 Nov 1998   Civic Center, Bismarck, North Dakota
30 Loss 25–5   Paea Wolfgramm MD 8 15 Aug 1998   El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas
29 Loss 25–4   Michael Grant TKO 1 (12), 2:00 7 Nov 1997   Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada For IBC World Heavyweight Title
28 Win 25–3   Daniel Eduardo Neto PTS 12 19 Apr 1997   Convention Center, Condado, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBO Latino Heavyweight Title
27 Loss 24–3   Ross Puritty TKO 7 (10), 2:48 5 Dec 1996   Brady Theater, Tulsa, Oklahoma
26 Loss 24–2   Tim Witherspoon TKO 5 (10), 2:54 10 May 1996   Madison Square Garden, New York City
25 Win 24–1   Jason Waller TKO 4 (10), 2:07 30 Sep 1995   The Aladdin, Las Vegas, Nevada
24 Loss 23–1   Riddick Bowe KO 6 (12), 1:50 17 Jun 1995   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada For WBO World Heavyweight Title
23 Win 23–0   Brian Scott TKO 2 (10), 2:34 11 Mar 1995   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
22 Win 22–0   Tui Toia TKO 2 (10), 1:01 18 Nov 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
21 Win 21–0   Olian Alexander RTD 7 (10), 3:00 5 Nov 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
20 Win 20–0   Calvin Jones TKO 4 (10), 1:50 31 Aug 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
19 Win 19–0   Mike Ronay Evans KO 2 (10), 2:48 25 Jun 1994   MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
18 Win 18–0   Mike Rouse KO 1 (10), 2:48 25 Feb 1994   Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach, Florida
17 Win 17–0   Renaldo Snipes TKO 10 (10), 2:15 6 Nov 1993   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
16 Win 16–0   Kimmuel Odum KO 2 (10), 2:15 17 Aug 1993   Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi
15 Win 15–0   Dwayne Hall TKO 1 (8), 2:22 22 May 1993   RFK Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia
14 Win 14–0   Mike White TKO 4 (10), 2:21 13 Mar 1993   Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada
13 Win 13–0   Larry Davis TKO 2 (8), 2:02 26 Dec 1992   Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
12 Win 12–0   Philipp Brown KO 1 (8), 2:51 6 Oct 1992   Mahi Shrine Temple, Miami Beach, Florida
11 Win 11–0   Mike Acey TKO 1 (10), 2:17 26 Sep 1992   Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida
10 Win 10–0   Michael Greer RTD 2 (6), 3:00 19 Jun 1992   Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
9 Win 9–0   David Graves PTS 8 21 May 1992   Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
8 Win 8–0   Tyrone Armstrong KO 2 (6), 2:53 18 Apr 1992   Las Vegas, Nevada
7 Win 7–0   Mike Gans TKO 5 (6), 0:57 15 Mar 1992   Bally's Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
6 Win 6–0   Benji Smith TKO 1 (6), 0:15 13 Dec 1991   Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
5 Win 5–0   Mark George TKO 2 (6) 23 Nov 1991   The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia
4 Win 4–0   Sam Adkins KO 2 (6) 6 Sep 1991   Miami Beach, Florida
3 Win 3–0   Larry Fortner TKO 1 (4) 30 Jul 1991   Miami Beach, Florida
2 Win 2–0   Adolfo Morell TKO 2 (4) 10 Jul 1991   San Juan, Puerto Rico
1 Win 1–0   William Campudani TKO 3 (4) 21 Jun 1991   Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium, Miami, Florida Professional debut

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