Jose Gonzalez “Chocolatito” wins by KO in NYC
Unbeaten featherweight prospect José “El Chocolatito” González (12-0-2 4KOs) made a statement by defeating David Berna (17-7, 16 KOs) via dramatic knockout in the first round, in which Gonzalez dropped Berna three times en route to victory in a show-stealing performance from The Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York, promoted by Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotion.
Berna has been in with world-class competition as he was stopped in two rounds by two-time Irish Olympian Michael Conlan, which is a round longer than Gonzalez took to finish his opponent. as well in his last fight fought former world title contender Christopher “Pitufo” Diaz, who also stopped Berna in one round.
For those looking at the nickname, “Chocolatito” and it might sound familiar as former pound-for-pound #1 fighter Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, used the moniker. Well – that is Jose’s cousin. In fact, Jose’s father, Martin Gonzalez was the original Chocolatito, when he was boxing, and Jose Gonzalez looks to be the next great Chocolatito, something that his last performance showed.
“I fight for the pride of my family and to be a good role model to those who look up to me because I am a professional boxer. I am a 22-years-old and it is time for me to fully commit to the sport of boxing. I know that I have a long way to go, but I am here to entertain and put on a great show, I am very excited about the future. I have a lot to learn in and out of the ring, but I will stay humble and grow.” said Jose Gonzalez after the bout.
Gonzalez, who spent a week with famed coach Raul “Chino” Rivas in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, leaving behind his life in upper Manhattan for a week to change things up for this camp. Rivas took to Gonzalez as he assisted him in the corner fight night while Gonzalez’s father ran the corner fight night, which produced the amazing result of a first-round knockout.
“Being able to train beside Tevin Famer, a world champion and work with Coach Chino, who is a great coach as well as work with my father who has taught me everything I know and built the foundation to make me a world champion — it is amazing. I am adding so much to my boxing ability. I have a great team and now it is time for me to focus on becoming a world champion. I am in the perfect situation.”
For those unfamiliar with Gonzalez, he was born and raised in Harlem, New York, holding an amateur record of 34-6, winning the Junior Olympics in 2011 and the New York Golden Gloves in 2014.
“I feel I have the best team in boxing, they’re very professional and when I am more successful as a professional boxer, you will see the fanbase I have in Wall St., as well as my neighborhood I grew up in. I have a unique story, a unique team and a unique skill set, I am ready for the next fight and for fans to form an opinion on the way I fight.”