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Saturday Night is sure to be an exciting night of fights as for the first time in recent memory the covenant title holder of world’s pound for pound champion will fight on an undercard of a non-pay-per-view. That fighter is none other than Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua. In the world of boxing, fans are used to seeing the attention being set to higher weight classes of comparable athleticism based upon the average weight of the fan viewing the fight. That comparison always being on a fight fans mind, is the reason it has been difficult for Gonzalez to be properly promoted within the flyweight division despite the fact that he has been a world conqueror within his weight limit of 112 pounds. With an astonishing record of 44-0 (38 KOs), Gonzalez has been difficult for fight fans to broadly appreciate because his intangibles are so good and fast in which we truly cannot grasp the level of skill we observe each time he enters the ring.
No matter what CompuBox stats Gonzalez presents, it does not speak for his precision, foot work, hand speed, counter ability, and power which he improves on each fight. Many reading this haven’t seen more than one Gonzalez fight. That is completely understandable given the lack of public exposure he’s received in the two main markets of boxing being the UK and United States. The quiet man from Nicaragua comes in, takes care of business, and moves on to his next fight. His humble approach has left many boxing writers curious of when the respect and purse value will accompany his documented success. When was the last time we saw the world’s pound for pound king fight on any undercard?
Staying true to his dignified approach to the sport of boxing, Gonzalez has brushed off any type of anger that would absolutely infuriate any simple minded fighter and has chosen to stay focused despite being a footnote in Gennady ‘Triple G” Golovkin insults. There is potential of a Golovkin vs Alvarez blockbuster fight which should take place in the fall should both fighters win their next fights. “It motivates me because God gives me the will to win on Saturday, I know that after that fight there will be a lot higher purses and bigger fights and that motivates me,” Gonzalez stated through his trainer/interpreter Carlos Blandon reported by Dan Rafael. “I believe that both fighters, Golovkin and myself, are both main events and I hope that after this fight they give me an opportunity to be my own main event,” Gonzalez said. Given the focus and professionalism of Gonzalez, expect another exhibition of lighting fast hands and flawless footwork as he puts his WBC World Flyweight title up against McWilliams Arroyo this Saturday Night on the undercard of HBO Championship Boxing beginning at 10pm ET/PT live from the famous Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
Fight Prediction: Gonzalez by 5th round TKO… And Still!