I would like to talk about some of your fights… For one, you have
been very active as a boxer, especially in comparison to a lot of
other boxers. When did you have your first fight?
Gonzalez: My first fight was in December of last year, since
December 7, fighting for one year.
TL Fox: In that time, how many fights have you had?
Gonzalez: In that time I had 10 fights.
TL Fox: And you are fighting out of New Jersey?
Gonzalez: Yes…It was originally Newark, and then Carney. I
was telling them (ESPN2) to make that correction. But I train in
Newark. I do about a two-hour commute.
TL Fox: How long have you been
Gonzalez: Almost two years. I had about four amateur
fights. Just the Golden Gloves and the Diamond Gloves.
TL Fox: I know that you are an attorney---what made you
decide to get into boxing?
Gonzalez: It was actually really by accident. I always
enjoyed sports. My dad is a big fan of boxing. I was always very
athletic, played college basketball, softball, and I even played Ice
Hockey. I was missing that.....that competitive, although in the
courtroom it’s just as competitive. I missed getting
ready---getting conditioned. So I went to a boxing gym, and I
started lifting weights. At the time I felt it was boring, but I
think that part of not knowing the intricacies of lifting. Now
I work with strength trainer, Laurie Hill, and she is fantastic. The
way that she has my workout, it is arranged so that I don’t
get bored, and that is remains competitive. That is something
that I need, and that is how I got hooked on boxing.
TL Fox: It is very easy to do to get hooked on boxing....
Gonzalez: And that was it, I stumbled up to the third floor
of the gym, and there were two rings, I started hitting the bag, and
one of the trainers said, "Ah, you’re not bad" and
I said "Yeah, Right." But I thought... this is
fun, I enjoy it, I’ll do it for exercise. Then a couple of months
went by. The trainer then said, "why don’t you get in the
ring to spar." I said, "I don’t think
so." But, then I said, "you know what, let me just
give it a shot." Then after that, they said, "you
know what the Golden Gloves are coming up." I said, "well
you know what, I will do the Golden Gloves, give it a shot and that
will be it." But, after the one, I was just hooked.
TL Fox: It is amazing when you tell me this because seeing
your abilities when you were fighting Bridgett Riley, especially in
light of the fact that Riley has been boxing for a long time, and
that she is a former kickboxer. Are you a former kickboxer?
Gonzalez: No, I have had no experience in any other contact
TL Fox: Well you are extremely athletic then….
Gonzalez: I must give a lot of credit to my new trainer,
Lenny DeJesus. He has had me for my last three fights. And he has
done a 360 degree turn with me.
TL Fox: Well I feel you are doing extremely well in the sport
especially for a newer boxer to the sport. The fight with you and
Riley was a great fight.
TL Fox: Do you think that you will have a rematch with
Gonzalez: I hope so.
TL Fox: Did she talk about a rematch?
Gonzalez: We did that night. Actually my manager told her
promoter that we wanted a rematch.
TL Fox: What response did Riley's promoter have when your
manager asked for a rematch?
Gonzalez: He said, "Well, we will see."
TL Fox: Since boxing professionally, how do your peers
(attorneys), and judges react to you boxing?
Gonzalez: They actually enjoy it. On one occasion in
particular, there was an article in the Star Ledger about
boxing, and they did a little excerpt on Red Brick where I work
out. There was a mention of me working out there---And the
judges, they had a field day, they actually cut it out, and saved it
for me. It was really funny.
TL Fox: Now are you a prosecuting attorney, or a criminal
Gonzalez: I was a prosecutor, and what I did was I took a
leave, my mom had been ill. Instead of going back I went into my own
private practice – matrimonial law.
TL Fox: How did you like being on a Sugar Ray Leonard card?
Did you get to talk with him very much before the show?
Gonzalez: Yes, I got his autograph, and he actually had a
party for us a night before the fight. Very nice. And the speech he
gave was great.
TL Fox: How do you feel about the sport when people are
saying you got ripped about the decision with Riley?
Gonzalez: The funny thing is, I enjoy the sport, I enjoy
training, I enjoy going and performing and hopefully giving the fans
what they come to see, and that is a good show. You want them
(boxing fans) to leave saying, "Wow, I really
enjoyed that." So as long as the fans felt that it was a good
fight, and then receiving recognition from WBAN, from ESPN2, and the
people who stop in sometimes in my dad’s office commenting
positively about the fight, that is what is important to me.
A special thanks to Yolanda Gonzalez who took the time for me to
be able to interview her one on one.