Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has announced the signing of Phoenix, Arizona's 24 year old light middleweight contender Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzalez, 24-1 (13).
The Mexican- American southpaw, whose nickname translates into "The Hammer" in English, was one of the most decorated amateurs to ever come out of Arizona, and was widely considered to be America's top medal contender for the 2004 Olympic Games before Gonzalez opted to bypass the games and turn pro.
Gonzalez's decorated amateur career includes wins over 2004 Olympic Gold Medallist, Andre Ward, the WBC #3, WBO #5, IBF #8, and WBA #9 rated light middleweight in the world Alfredo Angulo, light middleweight contender Sechew Powell and an astonishing four wins over WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto.
"We are extremely excited about the signing of El Martillo," stated Star Boxing CEO, Joe DeGuardia. "Jesus is a tremendous athlete. His amateur background alone is a testament to what kind of ability he has and what he is capable of. He has a very exciting style and fights in a very exciting weight class. The light middleweight division is one of the hottest in boxing right now and we feel Jesus can compete with any of the top guys out there."
"I have been waiting for a long time now for an opportunity like this and with Star Boxing it has finally come," said an overjoyed Gonzalez. "I can not wait to add another world championship to the Star Boxing trophy case and be the first fighter since Michael Carbajal to bring a championship home to Arizona."
After an extremely busy year in 2008 Star Boxing looks to continue its success in 2009 with more signings like Gonzalez. Look to see El Martillo in action very shortly.