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**Jhonny Gonzalez TKO 6 Jackson Asiku**
Re-cap: Tough Aussie featherweight, Jackson Asiku, was out of his league against former world champ, Jhonny Gonzalez. Despite some brief moments of inside success, Asiku was outgunned at long range by Gonzalez and dropped in the fourth and twice in the fifth by his taller, stronger challenger. The fight was eventually waved off in the sixth.
What this means to Gonzalez: This fight was being billed as a “world” title fight against reigning IBO champ, Asiku, but it was really a chance for Gonzalez to get in line for a nice payday in the talent rich featherweight division. A legit world title shot and a nice check await the native of Mexico City.
What this means to Asiku: It’s back to Australia minus one bogus belt. Asiku is not a world class fighter, but he’s tough and willing. At 31, there’s not much of an upside to his career, but he can still have some success on the national/regional level and will continue to be an entertaining combatant.
What this means to fight fans: If fight fans are still denied Gamboa-Lopez in 2011, expect Gonzalez to be one of either fighter’s substitutes. If he can’t land a fight with either Gamboa or Lopez, there are plenty of other big fights to take. Fight fans will be seeing more and more of Jhonny in the future.