June 26, 1996 |
With a blond tuft of hair and a bronze tan, he resembles a surfer more than a fighter. His boxing style has been described as awkward. And whoever heard of a San Fernando Valley-born fighter competing for a world title? P.J. Goossen, a punishing puncher who grew up brawling in the streets of North Hollywood, has spent much of his four-year professional career trying to prove he belongs in the ring. Finally, one way or another, he might no longer need to prove a thing.
October 8, 1997 |
P.J. Goossen of North Hollywood, former state champion and International Boxing Organization junior-middleweight champion, will fight legendary boxer Roberto Duran in a 10-round super-middleweight bout Nov. 15 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Goossen, 27, who suffered his first loss in July after 18 consecutive victories, has been guaranteed at least $10,000 for the fight, said Pat Goossen, his father and trainer.
September 21, 1995 |
P.J. Goossen remained unbeaten, but his reputation might have suffered a bit in the eyes of fans who watched him win a unanimous decision over overmatched Eric McNair Wednesday night at the Warner Center Marriott. Then again, the vast majority of them never saw him afterward, with his gloves off. Goossen's right hand, which has troubled him throughout his career, was swollen dramatically around the middle knuckle. It was injured in the first round, on the first punch he connected with.
March 9, 1995 |
P.J. Goossen visited unfamiliar territory in the first round of his bout against Kenny Lopez Wednesday night at the Warner Center Marriott. His seat wasn't ringside. It was in the ring. With a short left hook, Lopez sent Goossen onto the seat of his boxing shorts for the first time in 14 professional fights. Judging by his reaction, Goossen didn't like the view.
June 27, 1996 |
P.J. Goossen of North Hollywood won the International Boxing Organization junior middleweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over Greg Lonon of Las Vegas on Wednesday night at the Warner Center Marriott's Grand Ballroom. Goossen (17-0), whose next matchup might be against former world champion Roberto Duran, outslugged Lonon (16-7) in a sluggish display in which both fighters appeared to be looking for the knockout punch.
June 28, 1996 |
P.J. Goossen, perspiring face puffy with welts, wasn't exactly in the mood to discuss his next fight. But moments after winning the International Boxing Organization junior middleweight title Wednesday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over Greg Lonon of Las Vegas at the Warner Center Marriott, an out-of-breath Goossen uttered a single surname between pants. "Duran." Goossen said. "I guess."