Inducted on November 11, 1999

NINO GONZALEZThe former New Jersey Welterweight Champion, Mike “Nino” Gonzalez was rated seventh in the world by the WBC in the Junior Middleweight ranks.

Gonzalez dropped a close, hard-fought 10-round decision on Aug. 10, 1981, to former World Lightweight and WBC We1terweight Champion Roberto Duran. “I learned a lot from that bout,” said Gonzalez of the nationally te1evised fight. “Naturally, 1 was disappointed with the outcome, but 1 gained plenty of confidence.”

Gonzalez, a Bayonne resident, won his state title on April 17, 1979, with a fifth round knockout of Joe Grier in Totowa’s Ice World. He defended his crown several times before moving into the 154- pound division. Gonzalez defeated unbeaten New Jersey Middleweight Champion Rusty Rosenberger in a 10-round affair in September 1979 and also was victorious over slugger Giovanni Bovenzi in May 1980.

The 5’8″ Gonzalez ran up a 13-0 record before he suffered his first professional setback, a decision in Las Vegas to North American Boxing Federation Champion Steve De1gado. Over a year later, on April 24, 1981, Gonzalez stopped Delgado in New York.

A 1979 New Jersey MU amateur champion, Gonzalez compiled a 60-9 record before turning pro. He was managed by Bob Rooney and trained by Mario Costa.

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