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Featherweight titlist expects tough test against veteran puncher Jhonny Gonzalez
In 2006, then-bantamweight titleholder Jhonny Gonzalez was training for what ultimately would be an unsuccessful rise in weight to challenge Israel Vazquez for a junior featherweight belt.
In preparation for the fight, Gonzalez, then trained by Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain, went to camp in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, Calif. At the time, Beristain was also training a young 2004 Mexican Olympian with fewer than 10 pro fights to his credit but who was as good of a pro prospect as anyone ...
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