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Who won Gonzalez vs Iwata?
Jonathan Gonzalez beat Shokichi Iwata by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Tuesday 1st November 2022 at Super Arena in Saitama.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 116-112, 117-111 in favor of winner Jonathan Gonzalez.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Jr Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 108 pounds (7.7 stone or 49 KG).
This contest was for the WBO jr flyweight championship of the world.
This fight appeared on the undercard of Kenshiro Teraji beating Hiroto Kyoguchi for the WBA Super World Light Flyweight and WBC World Light Flyweight championship. Also, on the undercard Shuichiro Yoshino defeated Masayoshi Nakatani and Junto Nakatani was victorious over Francisco Rodriguez Jr.
Gonzalez vs Iwata stats
Back in November 2022, Jonathan Gonzalez stepped into the ring with a record of 26 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw.
Shokichi Iwata made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 9 wins and 0 draws.
Jonathan Gonzalez was the older man by 32 years, at 31 years old.
Iwata had a height advantage of 2 inches over Gonzalez.
Jonathan Gonzalez fought out of the southpaw stance, while Shokichi Iwata was an orthodox fighter.
Gonzalez was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 21 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 7 years and 8 months earlier than Iwata, whose first professional fight was in 2018. He had fought 103 more professional rounds, 187 to Iwata's 84.
Shokichi Iwata was ranked number 2 by the WBA and 2 by the WBO in the 108lb division.
Gonzalez vs Iwata form
Gonzalez had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Mark Anthony Barriga on 24th June 2022 by unanimous decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Osceola Heritage Park, Florida, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Elwin Soto on 16th October 2021 by split decision in their WBO World Junior Flyweight championship fight at Chukchansi Park, California.
Going into that contest, he had beat Armando Torres on 21st May 2021 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium, Florida.
Before that, he had been beaten by Kosei Tanaka on 24th August 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBO World Flyweight championship fight at Takeda Teva Ocean Arena, Aichi, Japan.
He had won against Juan Alejo on 16th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Osceola Heritage Center, Florida, United States.
Gonzalez's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 11 months and 16 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 16 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 43 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.6 rounds on average.
What time did Gonzalez vs Iwata start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:45 AM UTC at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan, which was 6:45 AM EST or 3:45 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:45 AM GMT in the UK.
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