The first year in an apprenticeship ended Friday night. Phoenix middleweight Jesus Gonzales began to grow up.
Gonzales is still countless punches away from graduating into a contender. But his chances looked as real as ever in a victory at Dodge Theatre that
was as thorough as it was powerful.
"The best he's ever looked," said Gonzales' manager, Cameron Dunkin, who has had a few questions since Top Rank signed Gonzales just a month after his
graduation from Carl Hayden High School a year ago.
For the first time since Gonzales (10-0, 8 KOs) introduced himself to the pro crowd with a playful tip of his ever-present hat and old-school tastes
in music, he knocked out some of his own immaturity while knocking down Chris Grays (6-6, 2 KOs) of Traverse City, Mich., en route to a fourth-round
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