Middleweight Brandon Gonzalez Makes Promotional Debut in Reno

Brian O. BlakeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2009

It will be a night of firsts on Friday, December 11 as hard hitting middleweight prospect Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs) makes his debut under Terry and Tommy Lane's "Let's Get It On" Promotions in the inaugural Reno Xtreme Fights event.

Gonzales, who fights out of Sacramento, CA, was signed by the Lane brothers back in October and eagerly awaits his first fight with his new promotional outfit.

"It's great.  I attended one of their events with my manager Mike Fontano and we all spoke.  Of all the offers we had, this just seemed like the best fit."

When asked about headlining the upcoming event he stated, "Like I said, it's just great.  It just goes to show that they have big things going on, not just for my career, but also for Let's Get It On Promotions."

Gonzalez appears to be right as CEO Terry Lane along with Richard Silverman, President of the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino recently announced a partnership to bring boxing and MMA events to the venue.

In its first event, the Reno Xtreme Fights series will deliver a seven card line-up with four boxing matches along with three MMA.  In the main event Gonzales takes on Colorado native Victor Villereal (8-4-2, 4 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout.

When asked about his opponent, Gonzales was mainly in the dark: "Honestly, I don't know much about him.  I just have to go into the gym and focus on my own strenghths.  Focus on my power and my speed; I call myself a power-boxer."

While Gonzales has had less than 10 fights as a professional, he has a good amateur pedigree.  As a professional he's spent portions of the last two years getting in some sparring with Andre Ward and recently got time in with Mikkel Kessler who both squared off in the first stage of Showtime's Super Six Wold Boxing Classic.

"Being in the ring with those guys does a lot for me.  It really helps me see a lot of different styles that the top guys bring."

Having shared a ring with the likes of the newly WBA super middleweight king, Ward, and the man he conquered, Kessler, could mean Gonzales' opponent Villereal could be in for a long night.

It was recently announced that the second event for the Reno Xtreme Fights series will take place in just over a month and will feature The Contender season one alum Jessie Brinkley and Curtis "Showtime" Stevens in a battle that will determine the number two stop in the IBF super middleweight rankings. The event will be aired on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on January 29, 2010.

As long as Gonzales comes out of this fight unscathed he'd love to join in on the festivities as well, but he won't count on it just yet.

"Nothing officially has been talked about with it, but I'd definitely like to be added to that event.  I want to, but it's really up to Terry and my team.  Also, I can't let myself look past this fight I have here.  I've got to stay focused and go in there and take care of business."

There are going to be a few firsts on Friday night during the debut of Reno Xtreme Fights , but Brandon Gonzales taking care of business inside the ring won't be one of them.

He's done it plenty of times before.


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