Unbeaten featherweight Kermit “Bazooka” Gonzalez is originally from Lawrence, MA and moved to Tampa two years ago. Gonzalez (6-0, 3 KOs) trains in St. Petersburg at the well-known St. Pete Boxing Club, where Dan Birmingham is his trainer.
Gonzalez was last in the ring in September in Reno, NV where he won a six-round split decision over Las Vegan Oscar Marin. Gonzalez knocked down Marin near the end of the first round.
The St. Pete Boxing Club is known as the place where former champions, such as Ronald “Winky” Wright and Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy work out. The 5-foot-3 Gonzalez said he is constantly in awe of the place because of the gym’s work ethic and success.
Gonzalez said he expects to fight again in November at Tampa.
Gym: St. Pete Boxing Club
Trainer: Dan Birmingham
Introduction To Boxing: I used to fight a lot. My parents took me to a gym and I fell in love with it. I was nine when I started training. I wasn’t a bad kid, but I used to fight a lot in school. I used to fight because I enjoyed it.
Boxing Idols: I like Prince Naseem Hamed. He was one hell of a puncher.
Boxing Style: I’m a slugger with more of a slick boxer to go along with it. I compare myself to Marco Antonio Barrera. I can out-box a taller boxer.
Boxing Inspiration: My father. He always wanted to be a boxer, but it never worked out for him.
Work Outside Boxing: I’m a parttime tattoo artist. I used to work in a shop, but I’m a full-time fighter now.
“Bazooka” Nickname: When I was 11 years old, Mel Peabody, my ex-trainer in Massachusetts, gave me that name. He said the best way to describe how I punch is a bazooka.
Amateur Background: I won Silver Gloves National Championship at 125 pounds and placed fourth in the National Golden Gloves Tournament at 132 pounds.
Goals: I want to become more than a world champion. I want to be an inspiration to the youth. I came from an environment where there were a lot of drugs and gangs. That was why I left Massachusetts; I didn’t want my family to be around that.
Best Win: That has to be against Marin. He came to fight and that’s what I like to do.
Family: My parents and cousins live in Tampa and Kissimmee, respectively. I have three brothers, two of which are older than me. The older two fought as amateurs.
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