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Image via International Boxing & Fitness Club on Instagram
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The referee declares Mathew Gonzalez the winner by technical knockout at a March 10 fight at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn.

Ridgewood boxer Mathew “Lefty Gunz” Gonzalez took his young career to new heights over the weekend, when he continued his undefeated streak and signed a promotional deal with one of the sport’s most recognizable names.

At the weigh-in for his latest bout on March 9, Gonzalez inked a 10-fight contract with The Real Deal Boxing, founded in 2017 by four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. The deal will help launch Gonzalez’s career by getting him fights in large venues, continued media coverage, world class training and nutritional advice, said Jenny Badillo, owner of International Boxing & Fitness Club in Ridgewood where Gonzalez trains.

We’re really excited,” Badillo said. “We started independently, with self management, self advisement and in less than a year we got him signed and in big venue fights.”

The next night, Gonzalez dominated in his March 10 debut at the Kings Theater in Brooklyn against Elliott Brown from Erie, Pennsylvania. In the second round as time was winding down, Gonzalez landed a straight left hand to the jawline of his opponent a few seconds before the bell. When the third round was about to begin, Brown couldn’t get off his stool.

Badillo said they later found out that Brown’s jaw was broken.

With the second-round technical knockout (TKO), Gonzalez improved his professional record to 4-0 with three of those wins coming by way of knockout.

After fighting in New York for the first time as a professional at the Barclays Center in January, Gonzalez said he was able to be a little more relaxed heading into his March 10 fight. The Kings Theater, a much smaller stage, will become his “new home” for at least his next three fights, Gonzalez said.

“I was able to take my time and work on my jab to break my opponent down,” Gonzalez said. “Last time at the Barclays Center, I was a little too over-anxious, I got sloppy at times. But this time I stayed poised, stayed calm and got the job done.”

Looking forward to his next fight, Gonzalez said the biggest difference after signing with The Real Deal will be the resources at his disposal. With the backing of a professional promotions team, Gonzalez and Badillo won’t have to worry about selling tickets or wonder when Lefty Gunz can get on another fight card.

“I don’t have to look around and try to talk to other promotion companies and try to get on their card,” Gonzalez said. “All I have to do is worry about the fight and getting better each and every go around.”

Gonzalez will look to remain undefeated when he fights again at the Kings Theater on April 21.

Video via The Real Deal Boxing on Instagram

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