By Miguel Rivera
Four-time world champion Jhonny Gonzalez returned in force with a big knockout of Venzuelan Rafael ‘El Potro’ Hernandez.
With the win Gonzalez became the brand new International super featherweight champion of the World Boxing Council at the Lienzo Charro Profr. Enrique Gonzalez de Saltillo, in the main event of the traditional ‘Saturday Box’ on Televisa.
The South American wanted to surprise González by changing his natural stance to a left-handed guard, however the veteran had the resources to counter the strategy of Hernandez, who went to the canvas in the second round from the result of a powerful combination of Jhonny.
Effective and potent combinations rained down on Hernandez, who tried to use the ropes to roll with the blows and was cunning in his actions.
However, a powerful hook to the liver by Gonzalez, made the difference in the fifth round and saw Hernandez go down – to hear the full count of the referee who declared him out of action.
In the co-featured bout, two young prospects were throwing constant bombs in toe to toe warfare to provide a great display for eight dramatic rounds when Bryan ‘Destructor’ Mercado and Durango’s Diego Andrade Jr. collided in the ring.
The battle did not disappoint the fans in a brawl of give and take between two strikers; and that kept fans on the edge of theirs seats.
At the end of the bloody battle the judges ruled 76-75, 76-76 and 76-75 in favor of Mercado of Mexico City by majority decision.