A UFC veteran, Gonzaga will make his pro boxing debut next month in Worcester, Massachusetts, the state where Gonzaga has made his home these past few years. It will be on October 28th at the DCU Center.
Gonzaga’s trainer Rocky Gonzalez speaks highly of his skills as he looks to take on Alando Pugh who only has one more career win than Gonzaga in Pugh’s eleven fight career.
“When I first saw Gabriel sparring, I knew he had potential to beat a lot of heavyweights around. He had a lot going on at that time, and he was still under contract with the UFC. Now, it’s a great opportunity for him.”
Gonzaga,is well known to UFC fans and is a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, but makes his transition to traditional boxing. Gonzaga’s biggest fight was when he unsuccessfully challenged for the UFC heavyweight title in 2007, suffering a TKO loss to then-champ and current UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.
During a UFC run that stretched over 11 years, almost continuously, Gonzaga notched UFC submissions of Ben Rothwell, Ednaldo Oliveira, Justin McCully and Carmelo Marrero, Gonzaga also earned octagon knockouts of Shawn Jordan, Dave Herman, Chris Tuchscherer, Josh Hendricks, Fabiano Scherner, Kevin Jordan and, of course his shining moment, a high-kick knockout of legendary striker Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at UFC 70.
The Promoter of the event Jose Antonio Rivera stated in a press release that…
“RPE is excited to have an athlete of Gonzaga’s caliber making his pro debut on our NEF4 boxing even. We are happy that boxers and MMA athletes trust us in terms of what we are trying to do to help them build their careers.”