Dat Nguyen Decisions Gonzalez
By Jeff Bastasini: Undefeated featherweight boxing prospect Dat Nguyen (11-0, 6 KOs) won a grueling eight-round unanimous decision on Wednesday night, defeating Castulo Gonzalez (9-3, 3 KOs) at The Castle, in Boston, Massachusetts. Nguyen, 24, originally from Vietnam, and now training in Florida, dominated the fight early on, landing numerous body and head shots while averaging over 100 punches thrown seven out of the eight rounds fought. The final judges’ scores were 78-74, 78-74 and 79-73, awarding the decision to Nguyen.
However, after looking good in the first three rounds, Nguyen appeared to fade badly, losing much of what little power he had on his punches, and allowing Gonzalez to get back into the fight. Along the way, Nguyen showed spotty defense, as he was tagged often by the hard-punching Gonzalez. For his part, Gonzalez, 30, didn’t throw or land as many punches as Nguyen, he made him count by landing hard shots every time he got the opportunity.
Nguyen, trained by Buddy McGirt, appeared to try and blitz Gonzalez early on, as he hit him with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. However, when Gonzales kept coming forward, Nguyen found himself in a dog fight that he perhaps didn’t figure to be in. By the 3rd round, Nguyen was still peppering Gonzalez with numerous punches, but, in turn, he was taking tremendous shots from Gonzalez.
In round four through six, Gonzalez kept coming forwards and landing huge rights and catching Nguyen clean. By this time, Nguyen was no longer trading as freely and was staying more on the outside as a survival mechanism.
In rounds seven and eight, Nguyen appeared to lighten up on his punches and focus more on speed, as he landed an abnormally high volume of punches and stopping Gonzales’ attacks in their tracks.