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5'3" Delia "Chikita" Gonzalez from Chamberino, New Mexico was born on November 18, 1970. She made her pro debut at age 21 and she won the WIBF World Bantamweight title in Las Vegas in 1995.

Delia grew up in Chamberino (pop. 5000) a town midway between the larger cities of Las Cruces, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas. She began boxing at age 11 when her father, a former amateur boxer, took her to the San Juan Boxing Gym in nearby El Paso. The gym had a sign saying 'NO FEMALES ALLOWED'.

By her second day there, the sign was gone.

Delia GonzalezDelia trained for eleven years under her father's guidance, at gyms in both El Paso and Las Cruces, then made her pro bout against Lucy Tellez of Houston, Texas in El Paso on September 26, 1992. Delia told reporters before the fight "I can't believe that I'm actually going to fight another woman ... after 11 years of only sparring against guys in the gym, I'm finally realizing my dream for so many years." Delia won the four-rounder and said "I loved it; I want to do it again!"

Her second bout was against Helga Risoy in Las Vegas on August 3, 1993. She fought Risoy, a Norwegian boxer who lived in Las Vegas, to a draw over four rounds. Delia tells me "I felt I won. What I'll always remember is asking Joe Frazier for his autograph and him stating to me that I had won the fight and that he loved my defense, the way I was moving to fight Risoy inside. But one thing I'll tell you ... Risoy had the hardest right of all my opponents. The first time she collected me with that hard right she made me dance. But I always rely on my defense to get out me out of trouble. I love using defense. It's one of my first tactics I learned, and I still practice it a lot. I always say and think that fighters last more in the business if they don't get hit a lot."

On August 28, 1993 in El Paso, Texas, Gonzalez won by a third round TKO over Gloria Ramirez of Sunland, New Mexico.

On March 26, 1994 in El Paso, Delia won a four-round rematch with Gloria Ramirez by a unanimous decision.

On May 14, 1994, in El Paso, Gonzalez won a four-round unanimous decision over Patricia Otero of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

On June 25, 1994, in El Paso, Delia won a four-round unanimous decision over Carole Stinson of Odessa, Texas.

On July 22, 1994 she suffered her first defeat when she lost to Helga Risoy by a sixth-round knockout in Las Vegas.

Fans who see Delia Gonzalez fighting today as a flyweight may find it hard to believe that she was ever matched against the WIBF world welterweight champion in Risoy ... but this was a sign of the times and of Delia's determination to box no matter what the odds. Delia explained to me that in these early fights she needed to keep her weight near 130-135 lbs to get opponents, and that for most of them she barely stepped into the ring at 128. "Since I was too small in weight and height compared to most of my seven first opponents, the people would refer to me as small or tiny ... after hearing this so many times, I adopted my nickname 'Chikita' meaning tiny, small". (see more in Delia's interview).

Fienie Klee couldn't land
enough of these to win over Delia!On the WIBF all-female card at the Aladdin in Las Vegas on on April 20, 1995, Delia fought the experienced Dutch kickboxer Fienie Klee over ten rounds for the WIBF Bantamweight title. This fight (pictured at right) was a classic matchup between Gonzalez's boxing skills and jab against Klee's stand-up kickboxing style. Gonzalez, this time the more practiced boxer fighting at her natural weight, worked effectively against Klee and earned a clear unanimous decision for the world title. This was a good competitive fight, applauded by an enthusiastic crowd.

On July 13, 1995 in Brownsville, Texas, she won a six-round decision over Anissa Zamarron of Austin, Texas.

On June 1, 1996, back in Las Vegas, Nevada, she fought a four-round technical draw with Yvonne Trevino of Peoria, Arizona. Gonzalez suffered a broken nose from an accidental head-butt by Yvonne in the opening of the fourth round, and the fight was stopped by the fight doctor.

On 30 August 1996, Delia won a 10-round decision over Anissa Zamarron in a rematch of her 1995 win over the Texan.

On June 6, 1997 at the Convention Center in Ruidoso, New Mexico, she TKO'd Concepcion Segovia in the first round.

On August 29, 1997, in El Paso, Texas, Delia TKO'd Tina Speakman of Atlanta, Georgia in the third round.

On October 24, 1997 in Lula, Mississippi, she lost a six-round unanimous decision to Eva Jones Young.

On September 17, 1998 at the Grand Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, Delia fought Jolene Blackshear for the IFBA Flyweight title, losing by a unanimous 10-round decision before an estimated crowd of 1,200. Judge Paul Cita had Blackshear ahead 96-95, Freddie Steinwinder III had the bout 98-93 and C.B. Jenkins scored the bout in favor of Blackshear 97-93. Blackshear got off to a fast start as usual relying on her jab and a right uppercut through the first four round. Gonzalez began a comeback in the fifth, using her jab to keep Blackshear off balance. Jolene had to come on stronger in the ninth and tenth to secure the win. Blackshear praised Gonzalez after the bout, saying "This was the classiest fight of my career. Gonzalez fights clean and is a good technician." Gonzalez fell to 10-3-2 with the loss.


Delia battles Yvonne Trevino in Las Vegas
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On April 16, 1999 at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, Delia (111 lbs) lost a hard-fought six-round unanimous decision to Yvonne Trevino (112 lbs) of Peoria, Arizona. Delia got a very bloody nose in this bout but still engaged Yvonne in a rousing battle. The win ended a tough losing streak for Trevino (to Bridgett Riley, Para Draine and Kathy Williams and moved her pro record to 8-4-1 as she dropped Delia's to 10-4-2.

Delia (108 lbs) got another shot at a world title on December 3, 1999 at the Pechanga Center in Temecula, California when she faced veteran kickboxer Kim Messer (108 lbs) of Bellevue, Washington for the vacant IFBA Junior Flyweight title. Unfortunately, the scheduled ten-rounder was stopped and declared a technical draw mid-way through the third round when Gonzalez suffered an eye injury from an accidental clash of heads. Gonzalez was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and the title remained vacant. Messer moved to 7-2-1 as a pro boxer, while Gonzalez's record was now 10-4-3. Delia tells me "This is one fight that deserves a rematch. This is what I call unfinished business."


Delia lands a right to the jaw of Regina Halmich
Photo courtesy of Delia Gonzalez

On May 13, 2000 at Sartory Säle in Köln, Germany, WIBF Junior Flyweight champion Regina Halmich (111 lbs) of Karlsruhe, Germany moved her record to 32-1 in a hard-fought ten round battle with Delia, who had weighed in at 109 lbs. Halmich won by a majority (98-95,96-94, 96-96) decision. Gonzalez was very aggressive and Halmich needed all her boxing skills and speed to keep her at bay. Gonzalez showed she had more power while Halmich had faster hands but found it difficult to maintain her usual punching accuracy against Delia's defense. The fight turned into a war in the later rounds. Gonzalez was cut over her left eye in round eight but this did not stop her coming forward to challenge the champion until the final bell of an excellent and hard-fought bout. Regina repeatedly told her coach between rounds that she didn't know what to do about Gonzalez and she ended the bout noticeably bruised after what was perhaps her toughest title defense. Gonzalez fell to 10-5-3 with the loss. (There's more about this fight in Delia's interview, and an independent view of it in Jon Fox's Round-by-Round Report which scored it for Gonzalez by 96-94!)

On August 12, 2000 at Ohkay Casino Dome in San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, Jayla Ortiz won a six-round (58-57,58-57,58-56) decision over Delia in an exhibition bout that will not go into either fighter's official record. Gonzalez accepted the fight on that condition because she filled in at the last minute (on the evening of August 11th!).  Delia tells me the circumstances around this fight were one of her worst experiences in boxing (see her interview)

On November 25, 2000 at the Bulldog Pit in Artesia, New Mexico, Delia (114 lbs) moved to 11-5-3 with a six-round unanimous decision over Imelda Arias (128 lbs) of Juárez, Mexico, who fell to 8-8. Gonzalez kept the heavier Arias off her with quick jabs and rights, and used her speed to outbox Arias from the outside, winning every round on the scorecards.

On April 12, 2001 at Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville, Texas, a crowd of 1,844 at the Miller Lite Texas Title Belt Series got their money's worth as Delia fought Kathy Williams of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada for the Texas 113-lb title in the Main Event. Williams won an eight-round unanimous decision and moved her pro record to 13-3-0 (4 KO's) while Gonzalez slipped to 11-6-3 (3 KO's). Delia told me "Kathy Williams is a fighter I wasn't going to give a lot of weight advantage. I say the fight was fought by two experienced fighters. I wouldn't let Kathy do much at the outside, and she wouldn't let me do much inside. Unlike my other fights, I was more aggressive than a boxer. Kathy had the weight and reach advantages and we decided to be aggressive and fight inside. I used a lot of movement and defense to keep myself inside and avoided getting hit at Williams reach. I thought Kathy was going to be more aggressive. Instead, she pushed me down and held me when I was inside. She seem to be waiting for me to step in and connect me with her left hand, which I noticed and avoided. But Williams is a strong fighter with good skills."

On February 1, 2002 at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, Delia (112 lbs) and Yolanda Gonzalez (113 lbs) of Newark, New Jersey fought to a majority draw. Delia G. is now 12-7-4 (3 KO) while Yolanda G. is 7-3-1 (3 KO). Yolanda Gonzalez's handlers later reported that she had broken the fifth metacarpal bone in her left hand when she hit Delia with a left hook in the opening round of this fight, and Delia has offered Yolanda a rematch.


Delia fights Wendy Rodriguez in Las Vegas
© Copyrighted photo by Mary Ann Owen

On April 27, 2002 at Stratosphere Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wendy Rodriguez (110 lbs) of Los Angeles, California advanced to 8-1-3 (1 KO) with a six-round (57-57,58-56,59-55) majority decision over Delia (108½ lbs). The contest saw the taller and more experienced Gonzalez try to keep Rodriguez away with her jab while Rodriguez wanted to work inside to bang the veteran's body. Rodriguez was more successful in the second and third rounds while Gonzalez looked stronger and landed well in the fifth and sixth. Many at ringside were unhappy with the judges' decision for Rodriguez after what was a close technical fight between two very capable boxers.

On May 17, 2002 in Austin, Texas, Delia (110 lbs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Juana (Jay) Vega (111¾ lbs) of Austin after a crowd-pleasing toe-to-toe slugfest that was the first loss for the Texan. Gonzalez advanced to 12-7-4 (3 KO) while Vega slipped to 5-1-0 (1 KO).

On June 21, 2002 at the Convention Center in Waco, Texas, Delia (111¾ lbs) won a hard-fought six-round unanimous (59-55,59-55,59-55) decision over Yolanda Gonzalez (112¾ lbs) of Newark, New Jersey. Yolanda G. went to the canvas in the final round of this junior bantamweight bout. Yolanda G. slipped to 7-4-1 (3 KO) eith the loss; they had fought to a majority draw in Phoenix on February 1.

On November 20, 2002 at Ameristar Casino in Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Elizabeth Ortega (117 lbs) of Kansas City won a ten-round unanimous decision over Delia (115 lbs) in a bout intended to decide the WIBA Americas Super Flyweight (i.e. Junior Bantamweight) title, although Ortega did not make the required weight limit. Ortega improved to 21-1-1 (5 KO). Gonzalez's team were unhappy with the latitude given to Ortega in her home town about not making the agreed weight for the bout, and with the WIBA awarding the title belt to Ortega after the bout despite this.

On June 28, 2003 at Coconut Creek Casino, in Miami, Florida, Ada Velez (118 lbs) of Puerto Rico won the vacant WIBA Bantamweight title when Delia (114½ lbs) was disqualified for excessive holding at 1:25 in the seventh round. Gonzalez had had two points deducted by referee Armando Garcia in the earlier rounds. Velez improved to 14-1-1 (6 KO) while Gonzalez slipped to 13-9-4 (3 KO). This was the second time in a row that Armando Garcia had disqualified a Velez opponent for excessive holding ... he threw Leona Brown out of a fight with Velez on March 29, 2003.

Delia Gonzalez vs. Pena AlvarezOn May 15, 2004 at Speaking Rock Casino in El Paso, Texas, Delia (110 lbs) fought to a six-round majority draw with Johanna Peña Álvarez (111 lbs) of the Dominican Republic. The scorecards were 57-57, 57-57, and 59-55 for Peña Álvarez. Peña Álvarez successfully kept to the outside and made it difficult for Gonzalez to get into scoring range. Ricardo Trujillo of New Mexico Boxing wrote: "The much-anticipated female flyweight fight between former between world champion Delia “Chikita” Gonzalez and Joanna Pena was a dud. No fireworks materialized as neither fighter was able to mount an effective attack. The low crouching style of Pena befuddled Gonzalez from the first round on. Southpaw Pena used her right jab to keep Gonzalez away not allowing the shorter Gonzalez to dig to the body where she could slow down the Dominican. Unable to cut off the ring, Gonzalez threw wild punches that missed their mark to the retreating Pena. Credit should be given to Gonzalez, however, for trying to make a fight of it—but she could not stop Pena’s movement and pin her against the ropes to wail away."

Delia with WIBF beltLooking at her career in 2002, Delia said "I feel that I've only lost three out of my six defeats. And one of them that I truly recognize was the rematch to Yvonne Trevino. Lately, I've been observing that the judges and commentators are trying more to please the promoters or promoter's fighters than doing their jobs."

"Boxing is in me and it's in my family", she told the Las Cruces Sun-News in an interview. "My father has been tremendous for me and has helped my career so much. It's great being able to work with my dad and I trust him all the way. He knows what's best for me, what my strengths are and my weaknesses."

Gonzalez is the epitome of the independent female boxer who is dedicated to her craft and has taken on the best in the world ... Risoy, Zamarron, Trevino, Jones-Young, Messer, Blackshear, Halmich, Williams ... often for painfully small purses. The highest payday of her career was for her ten-round war with Regina Halmich, for which she received $6,000.

Delia's sharply, and I believe rightly, critical of fighters who "don't even have the confidence to fight outside their territories nor against quality, qualified boxers in their divisions. I think this is ridiculous", she told me. "The judges and the promoters aren't doing any good to these fighters. It's a shame that this has been seen a lot lately, in both male and male and female boxing. Or maybe it has been this way all the time, but you notice it when it happens to you! Personally, there are times that I want to retire when I know I won a fight and don't get the credit for it. But my retirement only lasts a few hours! My passion for boxing is bigger than the politics in boxing. It doesn't take me a whole day to decide to continue, to stick with it. I know that there are many fighters out there in the same situation. I want to remind them, like I remind myself, with a saying that says A fighter makes the title, not the title makes the fighter."

The El Paso Hall of Fame added Delia to its roster at its annual banquet at the Elks Lodge Ballroom on Nov. 14, 2003, recognizing her success as a professional boxer.

Delia told me in November 2003 that she's looking for more bouts at 112 to 115 lbs. She can be reached by phone or FAX at (505)-882-4207, by e-mail at DeliaChikitaGon@aol.com and by regular mail at P.O. Box 68, Chamberino, NM 88027.

Read more about Delia's ring career and her thoughts on boxing in her interview ... Dee.

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