DiBella Entertainment has signed Ecuadorian super middleweight contender Carlos “Carlito’s Way” Gongora (20-1, 15 KOs). He returns to the ring this Saturday against Oscar Riojas at Memorial Hall in Melrose, MA. The event, titled “Parade of Champions” presented by Boston Boxing Promotions, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view via combatsportsnow.com, beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET / 3:00 p.m. PT.
“Carlos Gongora is a dangerous, experienced and skilled fighter. I am happy to work with my friend Mike Criscio to further his career,” said Lou DiBella, International Boxing Hall of Famer, President of DiBella Entertainment. “Gongora has proven he is a threat to anyone in the super middleweight division and I look forward to helping him move up the rankings towards a world championship opportunity.”
“I was always appreciated as a fighter. I was a two-time Olympian and very appreciated by my people in my country, Ecuador,” Gongora said. “The only time I didn’t feel valued as a fighter that was my last fight. I’m glad I’m not in that situation anymore and very happy that my manager, Mike Criscio, was able to get a deal with DiBella Entertainment. Lou’s experience is this I need. He will be able to find the fights that I want. More importantly, what I see is that he appreciates all of his fighters.
Ranked No. 12 by the WBC, Gongora burst into the national spotlight when he upset previously undefeated Ali Akhmedov by 12th-round knockout in a Fight of the Year contender on Dec. 18, 2020, at the Seminole. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood. , FL. Gongora dropped Akhmedov twice with his left uppercut in the last round to claim the IBO world super middleweight title.
The southpaw is looking to bounce back from his only controversial split decision loss to Britain’s Lerrone Richards in Manchester, England. The contest ended with tallies of 115-113 each way, and 116-112 for Richards.
Born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador, Gongora comes from a family of boxers, as his uncle, Segundo Mercado, was a former professional boxer who fought Bernard Hopkins twice in the mid-90s. Gongora started boxing at the age of 12 and had a long amateur career, nearly 400 fights, which included competitions at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
He was managed by Mike Criscio and trained by Hector Bermudez for most of his professional career, which began in 2015. When not at home in Ecuador, Gongora lives and trains in a former barracks in fire department that Bermudez converted into a boxing gym in Springfield. , MA, called Universal Training Academy.