Titles: WBC flyweight champion 1972-1974, WBA flyweight champion 1978-1979 Record: 76-12-4 Born: October 24, 1949 in Maracaibo, Venezuela Years active: 1968-1988 Nickname: None Gonzalez in style can be compared to Rocky Marciano. He was never the best boxer nor the fastest of men but his willpower and work ethic more than made up for those deficiencies. When pushed to the brink of a loss he would always fire back, he would not always initiate but you could be sure he would retaliate and on mot occasions be the last man to land the punch in a exchange. He was a powerful puncher who wore his opponents down and used his excellent stamina to outlast his opponents. In over 20 years of boxing as a pro he fought in 16 mostly exciting world title bouts, he held three versions of the flyweight title by the time he retired. Gonzalez was born in Marachaibo Venezuela which at the time was the fistic center of the country. Betulio lost in his first world title bid when he was out pointed by the talented Masao Ohba in Japan. The second title shot ended in the same fashion when he was out pointed by Erbito Salavarria. Not one to quit Gonzalez fought on and won the WBC flyweight title in a 4 round upset of Socrates Batoto. But Betulio celebrated too much which led to weight problems and he lost his title within 3 months when he was stopped in the third round by Thai Venice Borkorsor. His second title reign would last longer and had a added attraction to Gonzalez since it came at the expense of his main rival Miguel Canto. A year after he lost his belt he regained it with a extremely close decision win over Canto in Caracas. Two defenses over good but not great opposition followed. Again he would loose the title when Shoji Ogumay took a highly controversial decision, it was indeed a close fight but on most occasions would have gone to the champion. Gonzalez suffered another very disputed loss at the hands of his rival Miguel Canto the next year. Again Betulio fought on and after good wins received another title shot. He was still only 28 years of age but in the smaller weights it is the prime for ex-champions to become stepping stones. That is what Guty Espadas thought when he granted Betulio a title shot looking for a good name to add to his resume. Betulio outworked the younger champion to win the title. It is odd but at this advanced age for a small fighter he would hold onto the title for the longest amount of time of his 3 title reigns. 14 months and 3 defenses against very good opponents would characterize this reign. The man who the title from Betulio Japan's Shoji Oguma lost 2 in close fights and Martin Vargas was knocked out in the 12th round of his last successful defense. It took a awkward southpaw Luis Ibarra to take the crown from a resilient Gonzalez over 15 hard but one sided rounds. Gonzalez was not definitely on the down side of his great career but still managed to challenge for 2 more titles but came out on the losing end of both contests. His last fight came against future champion Rodolfo Blanco at the age of 38, Betulio never shied away from tough fights even at the end of his career.