LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 15: (L-R) Daniel Ponce De Leon lands a left against Jhonny Gonzalez during their WBC featherweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Getty Images)
After seemingly non-stop action on the undercard of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Josesito Lopez, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Jhonny Gonzalez slowed things down a little bit with a more "professional style" fight.
Ponce De Leon and Gonzalez fought a close to even fight that was building in action as the rounds went on but also saw Ponce De Leon leading with his head repeatedly on his way in.
Early in the fight, one of those times where Ponce De Leon lead with his head led to a clash of heads that opened up a cut in his own hairline. The cut on Ponce De Leon's head bled considerably throughout the fight but the blood was running to the side of his head, rather than in his eye, making it possible to avoid any sort of early stoppage.
Daniel was able to continue fighting without issue from the cut and, in round six, he was able to score with a hard left hand counter and a follow-up flurry that sent Gonzalez through the ropes. Gonzalez was able to get up and survive the round but the knockdown seemed to motivate Ponce De Leon.
As the action was building again in the eighth round, Ponce De Leon again led with his head, this time clashing to the eye area of Gonzalez. The headbutt opened a very nasty cut just above Gonzalez's eye and the doctor waived off the fight.
This left the fight in the hands of the judges who rendered a unanimous technical decision in favor of Ponce De Leon.
The official scorecards read: 77-74, 79-72, 79-72