UNDER THE RADAR with ADRIAN GONZALEZ

Adrian Gonzalez is a twenty four year old orthodox fighter originally from California. He has campaigned at both super-featherweight and lightweight in his career so far. He has an 11-1 record as a professional and has already fought at some very impressive arenas so far in his career.

His next fight will be on the under card of Frank Warren’s World War 3 at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester over twelve rounds for a title yet to be confirmed at Lightweight.

Adrian has done an exclusive interiew with InstantBoxing.com, and here is what he had to say:

How do you assess your professional career so far?

It’s been good so far. I’m starting to build up some momentum now. I’ve got a good fight coming up, the last couple of fights have been against people with winning records and I’ve dealt with them like I should have with knock out victories. I’ll be looking to do the same thing in my next fight.

How would you describe your fighting style, and what are your best attributes as a fighter?

I guess people would describe me as being a pure boxer. I’ve got good speed and good skills but I’ve also got Mexican inside me so I can have a good fight as well. I think we will see that more when I have a step up in opposition because as you step up you’ve got to use everything you’ve got to win.

Do you think your style suits the professional game?

Yes definitely. I’ve got a really good defence, good pace and I know how to dictate the pace of a fight. It works well for me and I’m much more suited to the pros than I was a an amateur.

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How do you find training as a professional?

It’s hard but it’s all I know. We’re in the gym twice a day every day so we all just crack on as a team. We’ve got some good lads in there with Jack Catterall, Joe Costello and Raza Hamza. We’re all a big team so it’s good and it’s my only job so I can be fully dedicated.

You’re only career loss came to James Ancliff in 2010, how did that affect you at the time?

I didn’t feel like I lost the fight to be fair. I didn’t even get hit in the fight and it’s hard to lose a fight when you don’t get hit. Obviously it was a bit of a knock back and I took a bit of time out afterwards to get released from the contract that I was in. When I was released from my contract we got the ball rolling again. It did take about two years to do that but I was in the gym training and sparring, training with world champions as well. I handled it the best I could. I’m well past that now. It was a good few fights ago so we’ve moved past that now. I was looking to get the rematch at the time but we’ve got past that now so we’ve got to look forward and move on. You can’t let things like that dictate your career and carry on and that’s what we’ve done. I’m on to bigger and better things now.

Against Mark Evans you got knocked down and still got up to win. Does that who the character you have as a fighter?

Yes of course. Like I said I’ve got that Mexican fighter in my anyway and I am tough so I’ll always get up. I was furious with myself getting knocked down. I got complacent and I threw a wide hook and got caught myself. You live and you learn and I’d rather it happen in a fight like that then at the top level. It’s a mistake I’ve learnt from and I’m hoping not to be in that position again.

Whose the best fighter you’ve faced so far in your career?

I would probably say Mark Evans. He was a good fighter and he had the same record as me when I fought him. He was strong but I dealt with him quite convincingly. I think the next fight will be the hardest one I’ve had so far. He’s fight for the British title and I think he’s been English champion but I’m more than ready with it. I’ve been in the ring with great fighters in sparring and I’m not afraid with anyone. I’ve been in with the likes of Ricky Hatton and Steve Forbes and held my own so I’m not intimidated by anyone. When you’ve got a good defence you can’t be intimidated by anyone because you know that you can protect yourself at all times.

What’s the highlight of your career so far?

It would have to be knocking out Mark Evans just because of what I had to face in there. My last fight was also good as well to get him out in the first round. They guy came out, he was banging and trying to take my head off. I was just biding my time, took my opportunity and took him out of there. I’d say the Mark Evans fight though because my Dad wasn’t there to train me as he was in America so it was me and my assistant. I had a great start and then it couldn’t have been any worse with what happened. I got to the corner and was nice and patient, eventually getting him out of there. It was a great feeling to do that but I never want to be in that situation again. Hopefully I’ve got some big wins coming up.

What’s the dream for you as a professional boxer?

World champion. I’ve not come into this to just be a Central Area champion, not disrespect, but we’re all in there to make the big time. I’ve had quite a few people such as Floyd and Roger Mayweather saying I have all the attributes to go all the way to the top. I’m looking to make it all the way to the top and be headlining shows. I won’t be happy if I don’t win a major title of some sort.

Where do you see yourself in a years time?

In a years time I want to be pushing up the rankings for a world title. If I win this I think it puts me in the top fifteen of whichever organisation the title fights for and I’ll be looking at Inter-Continental titles which will push me up the rankings to the world title. Within two years I want to be world champion.

Last question, do you feel like you’ve gained a lot of experience considering you’ve had a relatively short career but you’ve been on many arena shows?

I think almost half of my fights have been big arena shows so far. I’ve been at the M.E.N three times, the MGM Grand, the Echo Arena and the Sheffield Arena. I’ve been at some great venues and it definitely helps that now I won’t be shell shocked. I was a bit shell shocked in my first fight at the MGM. I had to get there first but I was a swing bout. I went there when there was nobody there and when I came out to fight, I was only a couple of fights before Ricky and it was absolutely packed. I came out and I was very intimidated only being seventeen. It’s definitely helped me now.

Adrian looks a big prospect for British boxing in the future and he has certainly got the platform to propel himself up the rankings very quickly. His next fight will certainly be a step up but from what I’ve seen he is more than prepared for the test.

By Luke Madeira, follow Luke on Twitter @lukemadeira15

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Luke Madeira currently writes for InstantBoxing.com and is the creator and author of the series 'Under the Radar' which focuses on up and coming British prospects that may not be getting the media attention their talent so richly deserves. Contact Luke on Twitter: @lukemadeira15