Rodolfo Gonzalez vs. Ruben Navarro (2nd meeting)

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1973-03-17 : Rodolfo Gonzalez 135 lbs beat Ruben Navarro 133½ lbs by TKO at 2:33 in round 9 of 15

  • Location: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Referee: George Latka

"In the first two rounds Ruben peppered the jab but Gonzalez casually slipped the weapon with bob and weave tactics and then rocked Navarro back on his heels with jolting left hook counters. By the 3rd round Gonzalez was beginning to catch the challenger on the ropes with solid combinations, which immediately caused an ugly mouse to form beneath his right eye. Aggressive but never awkward, Gonzalez managed to connect constantly with punches ranging from hooks to right uppercuts, while Ruben could land nothing in return. At last conceding that the jab was not the proper strategy, Navarro, 133, decided to try and club his foe in close. That wasn't the answer either. Strong as an ox, Rodolfo, 135, out-muscled Navarro with few difficulties and seemed almost bored in the process. But, although his eye was closed and his lips were caked with blood, the scrappy Navarro refused to give up until Referee George Latka took matters into his own hands at 2:33 of the 9th round." -International Boxing, August 1973 issue

  • Navarro was signed to fight Gonzalez for the title on February 15th due to Gonzalez' original opponent on this card - Spain's Pedro Carrasco - abruptly retiring. Navarro was originally scheduled to fight Chango Carmona on the undercard.

Scorecards through 8 completed rounds (all for Gonzalez)

  • Referee George Latka - 7-0
  • Judge Rudy Jordan - 5-2
  • Judge Richard Steele - 7-1
  • Unofficial Long Beach Press-Telegram - 7-1 Gonzalez

Post fight comments

  • "I worked my ass off for this fight, but I just couldn't do anything. I don't know what the hell went wrong. He didn't hurt me but he humiliated me. He's 1000 percent improved since he won the title and I don't see anyone beating him for a few years." -Ruben Navarro
  • "I felt I was on top all the way. Actually I was pacing myself for the full route, but as it turned out, I got to go home early." -Rodolfo Gonzalez
  • "Duran never could beat Gonzalez fighting like he did tonight. Gonzalez would ruin Duran." -Harry Kabakoff, Navarro's manager, after watching both Duran and Gonzalez on the same card.

  • Attendance: 16,146
  • Gate: $192,755