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Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Light flyweight
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Silver 1983 Caracas Light flyweight

Paul Garza Gonzales (born April 18, 1964 in East Los Angeles, California) was a Mexican American boxer, who won the light flyweight gold medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[1][2]

Amateur careerEdit

Gonzales was the winner of the Val Barker Trophy for Outstanding Boxer at those Games, after having won a silver medal the previous year at the 1983 Pan American Games.

Amateur Highlights Edit

Professional careerEdit

Gonzales began his professional career in 1985 and went on to challenge Bantamweight legend Orlando Canizales for the IBF Bantamweight title in 1990 in a rematch of a 1986 bout in which Gonzales won by unanimous decision. In the rematch, Gonzales was stopped by TKO in the 2nd due to cuts. After two more losses against lackluster competition, Gonzales hung up his gloves in 1991.

Paul tried to run for office, but was defeated. He was a car salesman and now works at Eddie Heredia Boxing Club in East L.A., where he works as a Recreation Supervisor for Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States", Manuel G. Gonzales. Page 299. Indiana University Press, 2000. ISBN 0-253-21400-9, ISBN 978-0-253-21400-3
  2. OLYMPICS; A Promise, a Death and a Dream - New York Times


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