Betulio Segundo Gonzalez

Betulio Segundo Gonzalez

Venezuelan professional boxer
Date of Birth: 24.10.1949
Country: Venezuela

  1. Biography of Betulio Segundo Gonzalez
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Champion and Setbacks
  4. Later Career and Retirement

Biography of Betulio Segundo Gonzalez

Betulio Segundo Gonzalez, a Venezuelan professional boxer, is considered a national hero in Venezuela. He participated in 91 matches and retired from boxing 11 months before his 40th birthday.

Betulio Segundo Gonzalez

Early Life and Career

Betulio Segundo Gonzalez was born on October 24, 1949, in Maracaibo, Zulia State. He made his professional boxing debut on April 24, 1968, knocking out Elio Monzat in the third round. Gonzalez won his first ten fights, including his debut in Caracas on November 25, 1968, against Evencio Bruquillos.

On August 1, 1969, Gonzalez's winning streak was interrupted when his match against Juan Jose Brizuela ended in a draw after ten rounds. However, in September, Gonzalez defeated Brizuela in a rematch and then challenged Hector Criollo for the Venezuelan lightweight title. Gonzalez ultimately knocked out Criollo, winning his first championship belt.

Champion and Setbacks

Unexpectedly, Gonzalez suffered a loss on March 6, 1970, against Felix Marquez, who had only one previous professional fight. Following this defeat, Gonzalez had a victory over Nestor Jimenez but lost a match against Ignacio Espinal.

On April 1, 1971, Gonzalez fought outside his home country for the first time against Masao Ohba in Tokyo. He won the WBA lightweight title by unanimous decision. Upon receiving the opportunity to fight for the world championship, Gonzalez faced former world champion Erbito Salavarria. The match ended in a controversial draw after 15 rounds. The Zulia Boxing Committee claimed that Salavarria had used doping, leading the WBA to offer Gonzalez the championship title, which he declined. The world championship title remained vacant, and Gonzalez had a second chance to claim it on June 3, 1972. He defeated Socrates Batoto in the fourth round, winning the title but was unable to defend it in his next fight, as Venice Borkhorsor knocked him out on September 29, 1972, in Bangkok.

After this loss, Gonzalez won his next four matches. On August 4, 1973, he became the world champion in the lightweight division for the second time by defeating Miguel Canto in Maracaibo. On November 17 of the same year, he successfully defended his title by knocking out Alberto Morales. After a victorious match against Shoji Oguma in 1974, Gonzalez retained his title in a clash with Franco Udella in Italy. However, on November 1, 1974, Oguma won the WBA lightweight championship, defeating Gonzalez in Tokyo by a split decision. On May 24, 1975, Gonzalez was defeated by Canto, again by a decision. He then won eight consecutive fights and, on June 20, 1976, fought for the Fecarbox lightweight championship, knocking out Hildo Roche.

Later Career and Retirement

Following his successful campaign, Gonzalez challenged Juan Herrera on December 19, 1981, in an attempt to win the WBA lightweight title but was defeated. When he failed to defeat Alberto Castro for the Fedelatin lightweight title on July 7, 1984, Gonzalez decided to retire. However, he returned for one more fight on November 28, 1984, and lost to future world champion Rodolfo Blanco. After this bout, Gonzalez retired from boxing, 11 months before the mandatory retirement age according to Venezuelan rules. Over his career, Gonzalez won 76 fights (48 by knockout), lost 12 times, and had 3 draws.

Gonzalez is widely regarded as the greatest Venezuelan boxer in the history of the sport.