5'6" Mexican bantamweight Jessica Gonzalez Prieto was
born on 24 February 1988 in Mexico City. She has a degree in
business administration from the Tecnologico de Monterrey campus in
Coming from a working class neighborhood in Mexico City where there is
a lot of poverty and addiction among young people, Jessica has said she
wants to be a healthy example of how things can be better. She
looks forward to a future when she can buy a house and have her own
boxing gym. She now trains at Bodega 54 and G3 Gym
in Mexico City.
Jessica became interested in boxing
at age 15. She went into amateur competitions and won the Mexican
Golden Gloves title in 2007. She was the Mexican national champion in
both 2007 and 2008.
She made her professional debut on March 26
2009 at the nightclub Discoteca Stratus in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl,
México, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Nazly Maldonado
of Ciudada Azteca, México who fell to 0-2.
Gonzalez then spent several years "knocking
doors" to try to get further professional fights, but without success,
completed her studies in business administration. She
has said that she came close to dropping out of professional boxing
altogether, but her
love for the sport persisted. She fought three "no contests" in
2011 with the American boxers Jennifer Han and Keisher McLeod Wells as
of a TV reality show in Chiapas called "Champions Challenge".
Her second pro fight came over three years later, on April 13 2012 at Parque Hidalgo in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, where she won a six round majority (59-55,58-56,57-57) decision over Nayeli Jimenez Garcia of Zapopan, Mexico who fell to 1-2-1 with the loss.
She next fought on December 1, 2012 at the
Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, losing an
eight-round split decision to Magali Rodriguez of Monterrey, Nuevo
Leon, who improved to 11-4-1 (6 KO's). Gonzalez has said she
about leaving professional boxing after this loss, but her biggest
opportunities and biggest successes came in the following year.
On August 31, 2013 at Gimnasio San Juan de
la Barrera in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico, Jessica won a
ten-round split (96-94,97-94,94-96) decision over previously undefeated
Irma Garcia of Mexico City who fell to 7-1-1 (1 KO). Gonzalez
took advantage of her greater reach and worked from the middle distance
with her jab instead of going to press Garcia, who is usually a
counterpuncher who looks to capitalize on her opponent's mistakes.
Gonzalez's defense also frustrated Garcia who did not change her
tactics even though she was having trouble getting past Gonzalez's
guard. Garcia's WBA
Bantamweight title was not on the line in this fight.
The surprising win over Irma Garcia put
Jessica back in the spotlight and set up a match for the
interim WBC Bantamweight title with 25-year-old IBF Bantamweight world
champion Yazmin "Rusita" Rivas of Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza,
Mexico, a more established star of Mexcian female boxing.
On November 2, 2013 at Auditorio General
Arteaga in Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico, Jessica (116 lbs) won a
(96-94,96-95,92-98) decision over Yazmin Rivas (5'4", 116 lbs) for the
Bantamweight title. Rivas fell to 28-8 (9 KO's) with the upset
loss. The discrepant scoring and Gonzalez's success in boxing the
shorter Rivas at
intermediate and long range (and tying her up at close quarters) added
to the inevitable controversy after a
close fight. A rematch with Rivas is to be scheduled.
Jessica says she is inspired by the
technique and dedication of Mexican
world champion Jackie Nava, and she has a goal to bring home the WBC
world title, currently held by Australian Susie Ramadan.
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