Once atop boxings pound-for-pound rankings, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez now finds himself fighting not only for respect but also for redemption. After a surprise upset last March, at Madison Square Garden, at the hands of unknown flyweight fighter Srikaset Sor Rungvisai, who hails from Thailand, Gonzalez not only lost his undefeated record, but he also lost his WBA super flyweight title; a title that he had won just one fight prior after defeating Carlos Cuadras by unanimous decision.
However, Chocolatito seems to have bounced back from his majority decisión loss and is focused on reclaiming his title. Since the loss, Gonzalez reacted by separating from replacement trainer Wilmer Hernandez and aligning with trainer Sendai Tanaka, who has worked with a handful of other fighters belonging to Gonzalez’s promoter.
Chocolatito’s performance on Saturday will determine whether the first loss is viewed as an excusable blip or a revelation that we have already witnessed the best of Chocolatito.
The main event tops a card that includes a title defense by unbeaten super-flyweight champion Naoya Inoue and a bout between former super-flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras and former flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada.
Gonzalez has defeated both Cuadras and Estrada, and Inoue would make for a dream showdown should he continue his dominance.
“I’m focused first on my fight, but it is going to be an excellent night of boxing,” Gonzalez said. “I’m definitely excited about regaining that belt. I’d like to think that I’m defined not by the belt, but because of all the things I’ve done in my life.”
Tune into HBO Boxing on Saturday night at 10:15 EST for the fights live from the StubHub Center in Carson, California.