Gonzalez meets “Too Sharp”

at the Crossroads


HBO Latino

September 1, 2005

Desert Diamond Casino

Tucson, Arizona



NABO Bantamweight Title Bout (12 Rds) - Televised

Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (29-4, 25 KOs) vs. Mark Too Sharp Johnson (44-4, 28 KOs)


Jr. Featherweight Bout (6 Rds) - Televised

Jonathan Oquendo (5-0, 3 KOs) vs. Elvis Martinez (10-11-2, 4 KOs).


Featherweight Bout (6 Rds)

Aaron Garcia (5-0, 2 KOs) vs. TBA


Light Heavyweight Bout (6 Rds)

Tyrone Glover (11-8-3, 2 KOs) vs. Otis Griffin (7-1-2, 4 KOs)





Gonzalez meets “Too Sharp” at the Crossroads

NABO Bantamweight Title Showdown Highlights

Boxeo De Oro on September 1


LOS ANGELES – One man is a boxing legend and a future hall of famer; the other is a knockout artist with

his sights set on creating his own memorable legacy. On Thursday, September 1, in a bout to be televised

live on HBO Latino’s “Oscar De La Hoya Presents Boxeo De Oro” from the beautiful Desert Diamond Casino

in Tucson, Arizona, former world champion Mark Too Sharp Johnson and top bantamweight contender

Jhonny Gonzalez will meet at boxing’s crossroads. And only one will emerge victorious. This 12 round

NABO bantamweight championship bout, which headlines an evening of world class professional boxing

presented by Golden Boy Promotions, will air on HBO Latino beginning at 10pm ET / PT.


In the televised co-feature, unbeaten junior featherweight prospect Jonathan Oquendo makes his United

States television debut when he battles Elvis Martinez in a six round contest.


Doors open at 5:00pm and the first bell rings at 6:00pm.


One of boxing’s hottest fighters, Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (29-4, 25 KOs) has been on a three-year

tear through the 118-pound division that has seen him rack up 15 consecutive wins without a loss, including

13 KOs. The current NABO bantamweight champion, the 23-year-old Gonzalez is ranked in the top ten by

three major world sanctioning bodies, and he expects that a career-best victory over Johnson will catapult

him straight into a world title fight.


Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson (44-4, 28 KOs) really needs no introduction to fight fans. A former flyweight (seven

title defenses) and super flyweight (three title defenses over two reigns) world champion, Johnson is a

virtuoso between the ropes, and even though he is coming off the loss of his super flyweight title to Ivan

Hernandez last September, his 2003 victory over current world titlist Fernando Montiel and subsequent

knockout win over Luis Bolano seven months later proves that the pride of Washington, DC still has plenty

of gas left in his tank.


A native of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, junior featherweight Jonathan Oquendo (5-0, 3 KOs) has followed a

stellar amateur career with an impressive run in the pro game thus far. Fresh off a second round stoppage of

Tim Carrizales on July 16, the 22-year-old – who is the first Puerto Rican boxer to be signed by Golden

Boy Promotions - will be facing a stern test on October 1st in Dominican veteran Elvis Martinez (10-11-2, 4



Also featured on the October 1st show will be a pair of highly regarded prospects who are impressively

making their way up the boxing ladder. Featherweight Aaron Garcia (5-0, 2 KOs) has impressed boxing

observers with his wide array of skills and a veteran’s ring savvy. In his last bout, the 23-year-old from Vista,

California made short work of Carlos Mota, stopping him in two rounds on July 14. Garcia will face an

opponent to be announced in a six round contest.


Light heavyweight Otis Griffin (7-1-2, 4 KOs) has already amassed quite a following due to his stint on the

reality television show “The Next Great Champ.” Griffin, a former professional Arena football player who won

the competition and subsequently earned the WBO eight round light heavyweight crown by stopping James

Sundin in February, is now chasing after the WBO world title held by Zsolt Erdei. On September 1st, Griffin

will try to get one stop closer to his dream when he squares off against tough Philadelphian Tyrone Glover

(11-8-3, 2 KOs) in a six rounder.


For tickets, priced at $25 - $100 please call (520) 393 - 2799 or 1(866) DDC-WINS For more information on

Golden Boy Promotions, please visit our website at www.goldenboypromotions.com



- Press Release issued by Golden Boy Promotions with a little editing from us (color, highlights, etc...)



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