Arnold Gonzalez vs. Jose Luis Prieto
Manta, Ecuador – 20 November 2021
UBO Inter-Continental & South America Titles
Arnold Gonzalez put a thick line under his potential, when he won the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Inter-Continental and South America titles on Saturday night, November 20, in the city of Manta in his ancestral home-country Ecuador.
The 26-year-old Ecuadorian-American, impressively controlled and stopped former WBC regional titlist Jose Luis “El Tigre” Prieto in five rounds, in the main event of a show promoted by Capital Box at the Coliseo Tohali.
Gonzalez started the fight imposing his strength, forcing Prieto on the back foot. He boxed nicely to open up his opponent, mixing in hurtful punches to body and head, while Prieto used his experience, blocking many of the shots and attempting to counter off the ropes.
Four rounds went by with much of the same, Gonzalez going forward and Prieto remaining defensive but dangerous in spurts. But when round five was about to start, Prieto claimed injury and disappointingly retired on his stool.
Winning his first professional titles, Gonzalez improved his unblemished professional record to 9-0 (5).
Prieto, who earlier this year showed he still has something to offer when he beat former Colombian champion Yuri Mendez, drops to 28-11 (18).
The fight was aired live nationally on Ecuador TV, and internationally via Facebook.
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