Gonzalez retains WBO title with split decision win

5/28/2006 - Boxing

CARSON, Calif. -- Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico retained his
World Boxing Organization bantamweight title by beating Fernando
Montiel in a split decision Saturday night at the Home Depot

It was the first title defense for Gonzalez (33-1-1, 24 KOs).
Montiel (32-5, 28 KOs), also of Mexico, moved up one weight class
from super flyweight to bantamweight.

Judges Nelson Vasquez and Chuck Hassett scored the bout 116-112
and 118-111 for Gonzalez, but Marty Denkin scored the fight 115-113
for Montiel.

"I didn't see anything that I did to lose," Gonzalez said
through a translator. "I don't know what that judge saw."

Gonzalez and Montiel spent the early rounds trading sporadic
combinations, but there was little action and the crowd began
steadily booing by the second round.

Gonzalez had a 3-inch height advantage over Montiel.

"I would try and throw combinations, but it was hard for me to
reach him," Montiel said.

Also on the card, Daniel Ponce De Leon easily beat Gerson
Guerrero to retain his WBO junior featherweight title.

De Leon was scheduled for a 12-round championship fight with
Alejandro Barrera. However, Barrera was unable to enter the United
States because he had a different birthdate on his passport and his
birth certificate, according to Eric Gomez, matchmaker for Golden
Boy Promotions.

Guerrero, a bantamweight, moved up two weight classes to fight
De Leon and was quickly in trouble. De Leon, (28-1, 26 KOs) nearly
knocked down Guerrero (31-7, 23 KOs) with a left in the first round
and used an overhand right to knock him down early in the second

At 1:50 of the second round, De Leon finished him off with five
consecutive punches that included two right uppercuts and a left

In a fight between two top 10-ranked undefeated welterweights,
Paul Williams scored a technical knockout of Walter Dario Mathysse
at 1:56 of the 10th round.