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Joet Gonzalez: ‘I know I’ll stop Sergio Lopez’

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Undefeated featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez. Photo credit: Golden Boy Promotions

Undefeated featherweight prospect Joet Gonzalez. Photo credit: Golden Boy Promotions

Nothing like sibling rivalry to motivate brothers to become the best fighters they can be.

Joet and Jousce Gonzalez know a thing or two about that.

The Gonzalez brothers train together and will fight on the same card Friday night at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Joet (13-0, 6 knockouts) will face Sergio Lopez (20-10-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout, which will be televised live on Estrella TV, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

Older brother Jousce (1-0, 1 KO) squares off against David Montes (0-3) in a four-round junior lightweight bout.

Joet Gonzalez has shown tremendous progress over his last couple of fights, becoming a legitimate prospect. The 22-year-old Gonzalez is managed by Frank Espinoza and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.

He faces a gatekeeper in Lopez, who has an upset win over Victor Betancourt. Lopez has lost recently to unbeaten fighters Alejandro Luna and Toka Kahn Clary.

“(Lopez) has that ‘no fear’ in him,” Gonzalez told RingTV over the phone on Wednesday. “Against Luna, he made that mistake. He didn’t know how when to move and fight. I believe I’m faster and smarter than him and I know I’ll stop him.”

Espinoza is very high on Gonzalez, mainly because he has yet to hit his ceiling as a pro. He has improved with each fight, even while the opposition has gotten more challenging.

Gonzalez credits the work he puts in the gym.

“I work hard, in and out of the gym, and the fights are easy,” said Gonzalez, who resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendora. “I have a strong work ethic and I enjoy sparring world champions, contenders and prospects. I always learn to correct my mistakes.”

Gonzalez is glad Jousce shares these sentiments. According to Joet, both fighters bring out the best in each other inside the gym or when they do roadwork.

“We push each other. We compete in who can sprint the fastest or who can jump rope the quickest, who can do something better. But we end up pushing each other.”

That sibling rivalry may be the key to their success. But for Joet, it is remaining humble, even sharing his success with his brother.

“I want to stay the same and not be different. My family keeps us grounded.”

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.