Jonas Sultan vs Frank Gonzalez Preview September 6th, 2023
When WBO Bantamweight Champion John Riel Casimero of the Philippines was forbidden to make his mandatory defence against England’s Paul Butler in April, 2022, fellow countryman Jonas Sultan stepped in to meet Butler instead and dropped a 12-round unanimous decision for the interim title. Sultan returns to the ring for the first time since that fight as he’s set to take on Frank Gonzalez of Florida this Wednesday, September 6th. The eight-round junior featherweight battle from Plant City, Florida can be seen live in North America on Pro Box Tv and its You Tube channel. Gonzalez last saw action on July 10th when he beat Jose Alfaro via a six-round unanimous decision.
Sultan vs Gonzalez Betting Odds
- Frank Gonzalez +500
- Jonas Sultan -800
Sultan is 31 years old and climbs through the ropes with a record of 18-6 with 11 Kos. He turned pro in 2013 and has boxed 171 rounds after a short amateur career which saw him go 8-4. Sultan has won a few regional and minor titles since turning pro which were the Philippines Games & Amusements Board Super Flyweight Title and the IBF Inter-Continental Super Flyweight Title. He stands 5-feet-5-inches tall with a 63.5-inch reach.
Sultan’s got decent power as 61.1 per cent of his wins have come by stoppage but he’s not really known as a knockout artist by any stretch of the imagination as six of his last eight contests have gone the distance. He’s already been beaten six times as he dropped a 12-round unanimous decision to Athenkosi Dumezweniat in 2019 in a shot at the vacant WBC Silver Super Flyweight Title and lost a unanimous decision to fellow Filipino Jerwin Ancajas in a shot at his IBF World Super Flyweight Title in 2018.
Before that, he lost at the hands of Go Onaga by a 10-round unanimous decision in 2015, a six-round split decision to Jonathan Francisco in 2014 and a six-round split decision to Rolando Servania in 2013. Sultan owns a good solid chin though as he’s never been stopped. His biggest wins have been against former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro and he also beat John Riel Casimero by a 12-round unanimous decision in 2017.
The 26-year-old Gonzalez enters the bout with a mark of 12-3 with 6 Ko’s and has boxed 55 rounds since making his pro debut in 2017 following an amateur career which saw him lose to Shakur Stevenson. He also measures 5-feet-5-inches tall, the same as Sultan, but unfortunately has an unlisted reach. As far as power goes, he’s average as half of his 12 wins have come by stoppage and he has recorded just two in his last seven fights.
Gonzalez first tasted defeat as a pro against Andrew Strode when he dropped a six-round unanimous decision in 2018. He was then stopped in just 107 seconds by Saul Sanchez in 2021 in a shot at the vacant WBA Fedecentro Bantamweight Title and was halted in the fourth round by Emmanuel Rodriguez in August, 2022 in an attempt at the vacant WBO Latino Belt after being dropped twice in the second round. Gonzalez’s biggest wins have come against Jason Vera and Brian Cannady.
Sultan is a solid pro who looked disappointing against Paul Butler in his last bout and he’ll be determined to get his career back on track here. Gonzalez is taking a step up in class as just six of his 15 opponents have had winning records and he was beaten by three of them. I’m expecting Sultan to put on a better performance and rebound from his loss to Butler with a win.
Sultan’s aggressive style and chin should be the difference.
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