Gonzales began boxing at 19 as a U. S. National Team member and went to have an amateur record of 56-7. He won the 2004 Golden Gloves, was a Finalist at the 2005 U. S. National Championships and was ranked as America's No. 1 ranked light heavyweight amateur boxer. Slated for the US Olympic Team in 2004 he withdrew to begin his professional career in 2007. While boxing as an amateur he worked as a janitor at Arco Arena. .