Ali thrilled fans with a diverse attack as he used both hands and continued to back Gonzalez up. Ali had Gonzalez throughout the contest and finally was able to score a knockdown in round eight.
Ali closed the show in spectacular fashion as a thunderous combination that sent Gonzalez down for a second time and the bout was stopped at 2:22 of round eight.
With the victory, Ali captured the WBU America’s title.
“It was a great night and I just have to thank my fans,” said the 2008 U.S. Olympian. “I wanted to get the knockout so bad for them and it was a fitting end to a great night”
Some of New York’s finest boxers were in attendance to support Ali, such as WBA Welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi and 2012 U.S. Olympian Marcus Browne.
In the co-feature, Brooklyn’s Jennifer Santiago made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Mikaya Nebal in a Super Bantamweight bout.
Steven Gamache of New York made it 3-0 with a four round unanimous decision over Willie Brown in a Jr. Middleweight bout.
Queens native Armin Mrkanovic stopped the game Daniel Pietch in the fourth round of their Cruiserweight bout.
In the opening bout it was a battle of pro debut’s that saw Brooklyn’s Akil Frederick stop Jamil Gadsen in a Middleweight bout.