Prior to the announce of Fuentes as the opponent we had known that Gonzalez was confirmed for the November 22nd date after a Teiken announcement regarding a show on that date. The first bout for the show to formerly announced was a WBC Super Featherweight title bout between between defending champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20), a huge punching Japanese world champion,and mandatory challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19), himself a monster puncher from Mexico. From then n though we were awaiting confirmation of Gonzalez's opponent.
In Fuentes we have a very capable fighter who goes into this bout ranked #8 by the WBC, #13 by the IBF and #15 by the WBO. Those world rankings are reflective of his ability and record in one of boxing's most packed divisions. Aged 28 he has lost just twice in the last 8 years, once in a split decision to Richie Mepranum and once in a hard fought decision to Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand, in what was Fuentes's first world title bout and his most recent contest.
Although on paper this is a mismatch between an unbeaten lower weight superstar and a man who has never won a world title and has 7 losses we actually think this could be a very good one and Fuentes is significantly better than his record indicates and has a style that is made for excitement, just like Gonzalez. That's not to say we suspect Gonzalez will lose, but we do suspect we'll see a very fun and action packed contest, for as long as it lasts.