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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.