Gonzalez happy to get state title shot

July, 27, 2012
7/27/12
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Fans often grouse that there are so damned many belts floating around that it makes it hard to know who the champs are. Emanuel Gonzalez is fighting for a belt, the NY State junior lightweight crown, on Saturday night, July 28, at The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y. So I asked the 10-0 hitter, who was born in the Bronx and now trains in Puerto Rico in the sweet science, if he thinks there are too many belts, or if he's amped to meet 6-1 Chazz McDowell, a Yonkers resident, and go for that strap.

"This NYS title is just a stepping stone," the 24 year-old, who was a fixture as a street fighter who could whup kids years older than him, said. "It's one step closer to my goal of one day being a world champion. People say there are too many belts around. I don't think so. I think there are a lot of fighters out there and the belts prove how good you are. Getting one belt is difficult ... think about how good a guy has to be to unify. Plus, I think the multiple belts give other fighters opportunities that they may never have gotten if there was only one."

So take that, people who say remedying belt dilution is a main solution in bolstering the sport ...

Junior welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, 14-0-0 (7KO's) will battle Texas veteran Raul Tovar, 10-5-1 (4 KOs) in the main event of the card promoted by Star Boxing, and Joe DeGuardia.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for TheSweetScience.com.

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