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Delia_Gonzalez (8K) Boxing: A Chiquita with a Big Heart

By Antonio Santiago - April 13, 2006

Boxing has always been plagued by a series of outside the ropes problems, of which unpopular decisions is the most infamous one. The first fight between Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott, for example, resulted in an unpopular decision win for Louis, who rectified himself by knocking Walcott out in the eleventh round of their rematch, the last of Louis' great performances. Pedro Montanez was, according to Puerto Rican boxing fans who witnessed it, robbed of a world title against Lou Ambers. Montanez would later be nicknamed The Uncrowned Champion by Spanish boxing magazines. And, pardon me my Mexican brothers and sisters for I was a Julio Cesar Chavez fan, but his draw against Pernell Whitaker was paramount to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls beating Shawn Kemp's Seattle Supersonics 86 to 60, only to have the referees call both teams back to the court for an overtime.

Unpopular decisions are not that uncommon in women's boxing either. While most fights are scored fairly, there have been a number of fights with dubious scoring. Many people believe that Jackie Frazier-Lyde beat Laila Ali, for example. This writer scored that fight 76-76. And there have been many other examples of questionable judging in women's boxing matches through it's seemingly brief, but actually long history. Sometimes, as the saying goes, life may not be fair.

In 1977, the year Carlos Monzon retired from boxing rings as world Middleweight Champion, a seven year old dynamo stepped into a ring for the first time. Her name was Delia Gonzalez, a Mexican American from New Mexico. The first thing that she proved was a huge determination, an asset she would prove over and over again during her career. It took her fifteen years to finally become a professional fighter, but she never missed a day at the gym. Instead of dreaming about John Schneider or Erik Estrada like most young girls of the late 1970's and early 1980's, Gonzalez spent her days and nights working very hard at the gym to develop her skills and muscles.

By the time she was finally able to box professionally, she had found her own idol to think about in Humberto Gonzalez, the great Mexican IBF and WBC Junior Flyweight Champion. She adopted her namesake's nickname of Chiquita, which literally speaking, means little girl in Spanish. As we all know, Humberto Gonzalez was no little girl, but a giant himself among the men's Junior Flyweights. And Delia Gonzalez did not fail in living up to the standards. A woman who combined a beautiful face and strong muscles with a friendly demeanor and an intensive competitive nature, this Chiquita had a huge heart.

On September 26, 1992, Gonzalez began her trials as a professional boxer, beating Lucy Tellez in four rounds by decision in El Paso, Texas. In her very next fight, she took on undefeated Helga Risoy at Las Vegas, Nevada, holding Risoy to a four round draw. Tough Gloria Ramirez followed, being beaten twice by Gonzalez.

On went Gonzalez's career. She lost to Risoy by sixth round knockout, but her sheer resolution and will led her to win her next fight. It was a daunting test too, specially for someone who had just lost by knockout. She took on Fienne Klee for the vacant WIBF Super Flyweight title, and conquered the Championship with a ten round decision win over Klee, on April 20, 1995.

On June 1, 1996, Gonzalez took on Ivonne Trevino, one of the most popular Mexican-American female boxers, in a match staged in Laughlin, Nevada. The two fought to a four round technical draw. Trevino was a well known woman boxer at the time, fielding offers to pose for Playboy Magazine and being a hometown hero in Phoenix, Arizona. And she had earned her status as a hero in Phoenix not only due to her looks, but her talents too.

Gonzalez's career took a downward spiral soon after. She lost fights to Jolene Blackshear, to Trevino and, most notably, to Regina Halmich. The bout with Halmich took place in Germany and was for the WIBF Super Flyweight title that had previously been held by Gonzalez. Inexplicably, there was only one judge for that fight, and he was Halmich's countryman. Because only one person scored the fight, it went as a majority decision loss in Gonzalez's record. She hotly disputed all of the aforementioned decision losses, but specially the Halmich one. You have to admit, that although Halmich is a tremendous boxer with the heart of a lion, having only one person, and a German at that, judge the fight sounds a little fishy.

That loss really sparked fury within Gonzalez. She went on to win a couple more fights, but the loss to Halmich made her view women's boxing as a political game as contrasted to a pure sport, and she lost some bouts down the road. To further extend the unfair share she was given by women's boxing powers, she had to compete against an opponent, Mary Ortega, who had not even made weight for their bout. How Ortega was allowed to fight escapes one's mind, but Gonzalez lost by decision to Mary. There was something about Mary that night. A bout a few pounds over the weight she was supposed to be fighting at, that is. Ortega is a wonderful boxer at 28-2-1, but one wonders how Gonzalez would have done against her on fair grounds.

Gonzalez grew more and more tired with the injustices done to her. In her next bout, against Ada Velez, who is actually the first Puerto Rican to be a female Champion, she lost by a seventh round disqualification for the WIBA Bantamweight title. Gonzalez closed her act with a ten round draw against Joanna Pena Alvarez.

Because of her experiences as a professional boxer, Gonzalez now dedicates herself to manage and help out female boxers from New Mexico, most notably Rebecca Rodriguez, an up and coming prospect.

The fact that she tried to fight on after so many things went against Gonzalez is the best proof that this was indeed a Chiquita with a lot of heart. Chiquita Bananas taste delicious, but this was a different kind of Chiquita. She was a boxing delight.

Delia Gonzalez
Professional record: 28 fights; 13+ (3 KO's), 5=, 10-, 1 N.C.
- 1992 -
+ (Sep-26-1992, El Paso) Lucy Tellez 4
- 1993 -
= (Aug-3-1993, Las Vegas) Helga RISOY 4
+ (Aug-28-1993, El Paso) Gloria RAMIREZ kot 3
- 1994 -
+ (Mar-26-1994, El Paso) Gloria RAMIREZ 4
+ (May-14-1994) Patricia Otero 4
+ (Jun-25-1994, El Paso) Carol Stinson 4
- (Jul-22-1994, Las Vegas) Helga RISOY ko 6
- 1995 -
+ (Apr-20-1995, Las Vegas) Fienie Klee 10
+ (Jul-13-1995, Brownsville) Anissa ZAMARRON 6
- 1996 -
= (Jun-1-1996, Las Vegas) Yvonne TREVINO 4
+ (Aug-30-1996, Pharr) Anissa ZAMARRON 10
- 1997 -
+ (Jun-7-1997, Ruidoso) Concepcion Segovia kot 2
+ (Aug-29-1997, El Paso) Tina SPEAKMAN kot 3
- (Oct-24-1997, Lula) Eva YOUNG 6
- 1998 -
- (Sep-17-1998, Biloxi) Jolene BLACKSHEAR 10
- 1999 -
- (Apr-16-1999, Las Vegas) Yvonne TREVINO 6
+ (Dec-4-1999, Temecula) Kimberly Messer TD 3
- 2000 -
- (May-13-2000, Cologne) Regina HALMICH 10
- (Aug-12-2000, Pueblo) Jayla ORTIZ 6
+ (Nov-25-2000, Artesia) Imelda ARIAS 6
- 2001 -
- (Apr-12-2001, Brownsville) Kathy WILLIAMS 8
- 2002 -
= (Feb-1-2002, Phoenix) Yolanda GONZALEZ 4
- (Apr-27-2002, Las Vegas) Wendy RODRIGUEZ 6
+ (May-17-2002, Austin) Juana Jay VEGA 6
+ (Jun-21-2002, Waco) Yolanda GONZALEZ 6
- (Nov-20-2002, Kansas City) Mary ORTEGA 10
- 2003 -
- (Jun-28-2003, Coconut Creek) Ada VELEZ disq.7
- 2004 -
= (May-15-2004, El Paso) Johanna Pena 6

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