Report and photo by Felipe Leon
Current WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (28-1, 25KOs) finds himself entrenched deep in the south Mexican mountains at the Otomi Ceremonial Center as he prepares for his U.S. debut set for September 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the under card of the much anticipated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez middleweight championship fight at the Thomas and Mack Center. Gonzalez is scheduled for a featherweight eight rounder against the always-dangerous TBA.
“I first started coming here a couple of years ago with Erik Morales and my trainer Fernando Fernandez,” Gonzalez said of the camp located near the village of Temoaya, Mexico, about 45 minutes out of Mexico City. “The condition you get here is great and many fighters have used these installations through out the years.”
The tall and rangy Gonzalez, who is known for a slick boxing style with decent power, is coming off a successful defense of his title last May when he stopped former title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro in nine rounds in his hometown of Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Now Gonzalez looks for a tittle shot later this year, “I am happy and confident of my U.S. debut and what better place than Las Vegas and in such important card and date for us Mexicans like September 15th. I have been training for about a month now and even though I don’t have an opponent yet, it doesn’t matter who they put in front of me. I am not going to let anybody ruin my plans.”