Roberto Duran vs Zeferino Gonzalez

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Roberto Duran vs Zeferino Gonzalez
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Date: 
Friday, September 28, 1979
Location: 
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rounds Scheduled: 
10
Referee: 
Ferd Hernandez

Official Judging
Chuck Minker 98 - 92
Art Lurie 99 - 92
Harold Buck 99 - 91

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Roberto Duran 68-1 (54 KOs) vs. Zeferino Gonzalez 19-2-1 (5 KOs)
The fight card included Larry Holmes vs. Earnie Shavers for the WBC heavyweight title, Wilfredo Gomez vs. Carlos Mendoza for the WBC super bantamweight title, Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Andy Price for the NABF welterweight title, and Michael Dokes vs. Jimmy Young.
The card was televised live in primetime by ABC.
The fights took place at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.
Duran earned $100,000 and Gonzalez got $25,000, which was the largest payday of his career.
At six feet tall, Gonzalez had a five-inch height advantage as well as a four-inch reach advantage.
Sugar Ray Leonard, who knocked out Andy Price in the 1st round earlier in the night, was at ringside watching the bout.
ABC broadcaster Howard Cosell noted that Duran looked "a little bit puffy" and said Duran's co-trainer, Freddie Brown, told him that Duran "has only been really training for three weeks."
The Associated Press reported: "Although the crowd at Caesars Palace cheered for Gonzalez...Duran held command throughout the 10-round bout."
Howard Cosell said: "I felt Duran was the winner. I felt he was the dominant, the aggressive fighter throughout the fight. Had Gonzalez had better punching power, it could have taken a different turn of events, but as I suggested at the outset of the bout...Gonzalez with that angular and suspiciously strong body, or unsuspectingly strong body, did put up a whale of a show."

Duran had success in the early rounds coming straight in and throwing wide shots against the lanky Gonzalez. He landed several clean right hands and threw counter shots immediately after Gonzalez stuck out his jab. Gonzalez frustrated Duran in rounds 5 and 6 by maintaining enough distance to make him miss and land clean counter shots, mainly a lead right hand, as Duran reached with his punches. Action picked up in the 7th as each man landed solid shots amid quick exchanges, with Duran getting the better of it. A clash of heads opened a cut over Duran's left eye in the 8th. It was handled well between rounds by the corner, however, and did not affect Duran in the final two rounds. Duran came out fast in the 9th and held control in the 10th. Despite the loss, it proved to be a good showing for the unheralded Gonzalez, who received a rousing applause at the end of the bout. Many in attendance booed upon the announcement of the judges' scores.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Roberto Duran
                                                                    
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
Zeferino Gonzalez
                                                                    
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9


Fan Cards: Roberto Duran vs Zeferino Gonzalez


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERTO DURAN
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
98
ZEFERINO GONZALEZ
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
92


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERTO DURAN
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
98
ZEFERINO GONZALEZ
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
92


scorecard by NARUTO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERTO DURAN
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
98
ZEFERINO GONZALEZ
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
92


scorecard by RORSCHACH
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
ROBERTO DURAN
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
10
98
ZEFERINO GONZALEZ
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
9
92


Comments

rorschach's picture

This should be fun.

rorschach's picture

Leonard was in the crowd watching the fight after he Ko'ed his opponent earlier he came back out to watch Duran work.

Matchroom's picture

If Gonzalez had more of a punch this one could have been a lot closer.