This is a great lightweight boxing match between Gato Gonzales vs. Andy Ganigan….a fight that features two boxers who were voted to The Ring Magazine’s 100 hardest punchers list…..and these two guys were lightweights….for this fight is well worth the watch.
Rodolfo González was born December 16, 1945 in Guadalajara, Jalisco was a Mexican boxer and former WBC Lightweight Champion also known as El Gato. González started his career very young at the age of 14….and proceeded to win his first 37 bouts. In 10/11/1972 he took on Chango Carmona for the WBC Lightweight Title and won via a corner retirement in the 13th round….then El Gato defended the title two times before losing the belt to Guts Ishimatsu in 11/4/1974 via KO in the 8 round….followed by another loss via a TKO later on in the year in his rematch with Ishimatsu and retired from boxing. Gato González was a devastating puncher and was named to Ring Magazine’s list of 100 greatest punchers….who ended his career with a record of 81-7-1 with 71 KO’s. González actually missed making it into the World Boxing Hall of Fame by one vote in 2003 of the 140 voting members. A private vote was then taken by the 10-member Executive Committee, and González was accepted by an 8-2 vote. Two members resigned in protest, and later that year many more Executive Committee members had dropped out.
Gato Gonzales ended his professional career with 81 wins 7 losses 1 draw with 71 KO’s….as he definately was a great fighter during the golden age of boxing from 1964 to 1995.
Andrew (Andy) “Hawaiian Punch” Ganigan (September 3, 1952 – May 2, 2012) was an American former lightweight boxer of Filipino descent who was born in Waipahu, Hawai’….for he was notable for his punching ability ….as he was later named #97 in The Ring‘s list of 100 greatest punchers of all time. Ganigan fought from 1972 to 1983….ending his career with an overall record of 34 wins (30 by KO) and 5 losses.
Ganigan captured the NABF lightweight title by scoring a TKO in 8 rounds over Vicente Saldivar on March 28, 1978. He lost that title to Johnny Lira on a 6 round KO on August 1, 1978….but recaptured the crown from Saldivar on March 27, 1979 by winning a unanimous 12 round decision. Ganigan also won the World Athletic Association (WAA) lightweight crown by scoring a KO in 2 rounds over Sean O’Grady on October 31, 1981. Ganigan then challenged legendary boxer Alexis Argüello on May 22, 1982 for the WBC lightweight crown….where Ganigan knocked Arguello down in the first round….but was KO’d in round 5 by Alexis the Great. Ganigan’s last fight was an unsuccessful attempt to take the USBA lightweight crown from Jimmy Paul on June 6, 1983. Paul stopped Ganigan on a 6 round TKO.