Light Heavyweight contender Yunieski Gonzalez returned to the winning column after two consecutive heart breaking defeats to former world champ Jean Pascaland undefeated contender Vyacheslav Shabransky, scoring an explosive 1st round KO over the dangerous Brazilian Jackson Junior, in Miami, FL, on Saturday night. Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez came out fast and furious and dropped Junior 3 times causing a halt to the bout in the 1st round of a scheduled 10 round Light Heavyweight contest. Gonzalez improves to 17-2 13KO’s.
Also on Saturday night in Philadelphia, PA, Jr. Welterweight contender Emanuel "Tranzforma" Taylor scored his second consecutive KO win as he took out Mexican Carlos Aguilera in the 3rd round of a scheduled 8 round Jr. Welterweight match. A devastating left hook to the body put down the game Aguilera for the count. Taylor improves to 20-4 14KO’s and now has his eyes set on a September 3rd date with the highly ranked Jose Zepeda in Arizona. The bout will be telecast live on BEIN TV and is co-promoted by Star Boxing and Zanfer Promotions.
Friday night in Los Angeles, CA, Jr. Lightweight Luis Franco, unfortunately, was the victim of some rather dubious scoring as he dropped a 10 round verdict to the fast rising Carlos Morales in the main event on Estrella TV. Franco was the far more experienced of the two and constantly made Morales miss throughout the fight while he countered nicely and dictated much of the pace of the fight. However, in the end, somehow the judges awarded Morales with the victory by unanimous decision. Franco drops to 14-2-1 9KO’s. The bout was co-promoted by Star Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions.
Promoter Joe DeGuardia had these comments about the weekend results "Although I’m thrilled that Yuniesky and Emanuel both looked spectacular, I’m disappointed in the decision of the Franco fight. Yuniesky and Emanuel both looked great and now Manny has another opportunity on September 3rd to put himself in the picture of the Jr. Welterweight division taking on the number 2 rated Jose Zepeda. Yuniesky headlined the show in his hometown of Miami for the first time and the turnout was great. We will be going back to Miami again in the very near future".