Julian Gonzalez will welcome thousands of fans from his hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania, to the building to fight Rosalind Morales on Friday night.
Morales, the 21-year-old Gonzalez’s most formidable opponent of his career, has nothing to fear. The man Morales calls his “guardian angel” sits ringside at his center at The Wind in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. to watch
Nearly 19 years ago, when Morales was 10 years old, Smith and his late wife did their best to help Morales, his mother Annette, and his sister Molly when three strangers most needed help. I did my best.
They fled their home in Divine, Texas, a “toxic and dangerous environment” abused by Morales’ alcoholic father, to live with Annette’s sister and her husband near Pittsburgh. . With little money and basically clothes, their station wagon broke down in Nashville and was beyond repair.
Smith met them in the parking lot of a stranded gas station.
Rosalind Morales told BoxingScene.com: “Behold, some man comes in in a white van. He was wearing a nice suit, business attire. He stopped and asked if he needed help. He said he had spoken to his wife and said, ‘You can stay with us. We want to help you guys and figure things out for you guys.
“His wife prepared a delicious hot meal for us. He bought us bus tickets to Pennsylvania.He saved a lot of our lives.My mother, sister, and I considered him and his wife our guardian angels at the time. They really took care of us, I don’t know what would have happened to us if they hadn’t done what they did.”
Tickets to this match didn’t repay Smith for his amazing kindness, but he did support Smith during the match, which Showtime will air as part of its long-running prospect series ShoBox: The New Generation. Getting is important to Morales. Gonzalez (8-0-1, 8 KOs) and Morales (9-0, 2 KOs) meet in an eight-round junior lightweight fight that will kick off the broadcast of his three bouts scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. increase.
Morales, 29, who served in the Marine Corps, also wants to give back to his wife, Hannah, and four-year-old daughter, Gabi, for their support. Castle, Pennsylvania uses his time to the fullest, combined with boxing training. Morales, who also lives in Newcastle, said that at a steel mill he works 12-hour shifts, alternating from daytime to midnight every other week.
“It’s very rewarding,” said Morales. “Fortunately, I have a lot of support from my wife and daughter. Because you have to keep sacrificing away.
Morales, who won the Pennsylvania Golden Gloves 141-pound championship in 2016, temporarily quit boxing after Gabi was born in 2018.
“I decided to take a little break,” said Morales.
The match against Mexican-American Gonzalez will be Morales’ fourth fight in the past 10 months. Pittsburgh-based Integrity signed his fighter with his management, which allowed Morales to maintain a level of activity that would have made it very difficult to work without a manager or promoter.
“Hopefully we win this match,” Morales said. Boxing full time is my real goal. ”
Gonzalez is represented by Marshall Kauffman’s King’s Promotions, the organizer of this card. Younger punchers are seen as the “A” side of their game, but Morales feels his determination sets them apart.
“I started boxing when I was 13,” Morales said. “I’ve been fighting all my life. Getting an opportunity like this means the world to me. My family has always supported me. I’ve worked hard for this opportunity.” I believe that I will defeat this child with my heart, determination and skill.”
Keith Idec is a Senior Writer and Columnist at BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on his Twitter @Idecboxing.