By John Cannon
Mission, Texas native Guadalupe De Leon is tired of losing and vows to end his streak Friday night at the Dodge Arena. De Leon (7-8) will face Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez (6-14) for the vacant Fists of Fury super bantamweight title in the main event of Fists of Fury Boxing: Adrenaline. “It is time to end the losing streak and what a better way to do it than in my own backyard,” said De Leon. “I have been training very hard, and this fight is mine for the taking. The fans, my family, my coach ,James Gogue, and I really want a win, and I plan on doing it.”
De Leon is coming off a unanimous decision loss to prospect Saul Morales (6-1) in July at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso. In fact, De Leon’s six straight losses are all to prospects and have combined records of 37-1-1.
“If you really look at it, Lupe did lose those fights but was never knocked out,” said Gogue. “Lupe put up a very respectable performance in all six fights, and I can honestly say there is no fighter in the Valley who has fought the level of competition he has. Each of these guys were much younger than he was, and he was able to handle himself. He is definitely due for a win.”
Gutierrez is no slouch. He has fought very reputable fighters in the past couple of years and hasn’t been knocked out since 2005.
“Saul is a tough guy, and his record is very deceiving,” said Gogue. “He is also a seasoned veteran like Lupe, and I feel it is a very evenly matched fight.”
De Leon, who is currently 30 years old, knows that his boxing career is coming to an end and feels this fight will be the determining factor if he continues or possibly hangs up the gloves.
“I know that this fight is very important and could decide my fate,” said De Leon. “If I win it, I will keep fighting, and my manager told me there are some more big fights coming my way.”
“But if I should lose it, then I will sit down with my family and my manager and make a decision. However, at this time, my main focus is getting in the ring and executing the game plan. I feel that I need to throw more punches than Gutierrez and need to win one round at a time. I am not looking for the KO, just the win at the end, and I can guarantee I am going to get it.”