It’s hard to steal the show from Gennady Golovkin, but Roman Gonzalez put on the performance of the night in Los Angeles for his U.S. TV debut on HBO.
SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2015 – A smaller male athlete, no matter how talented, has few avenues available in professional sports. Fortunately for Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, he’s good at one of them, boxing. Really, really good.
Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs), considered among the best pound for pound boxers in the world, showed American fans what the excitement over him is all about with a second round TKO victory over Edgar Sosa (51-9-0, 30 KOs) in his U.S. debut at The Forum in Los Angeles. Gonzalez remains the WBC flyweight champion (112 pounds).
Gonzalez landed 72 of 130 total punches, including 57 of 96 power punches; Sosa only landed 14 punches of 106 thrown, with 11 of those power punches.
Gonzalez said after the fight, “I gave a good fight for the public. I dedicate this fight to the public, to everyone supporting my team … I wanted to show my talents to get another big fight on HBO … This is what it means to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to get up and train.”
The Forum audience embraced the man nicknamed “Chocolatito,” roaring from the moment he stepped into the ring, cheering at every solid punch of the brief fight. Surely the audience watching at home was equally impressed. “It’s a blessing to be compare to such great boxers (like Floyd Mayweather),” said Gonzalez of his pound for pound status. “All I know is I have to keep training to be one of the best.”
Gonzalez, age 27, said he’d next like a rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada. Gonzalez beat Mexico’s Estrada in their first bout, but he is one of the few opponents who went the distance with Chocolatito. “It was a very close fight. I want the opportunity to beat him by a larger margin, to try to knock him out,” said Gonzalez.
The fight boxing connoisseurs want to see is a matchup between Gonzalez and the Japanese featherweight champion, Naoya Inoue. Gonzalez pointed out that Inouye fights at 115 pounds, while Gonzalez fights at 112 pounds. “He’s a great fighter, very hard, very strong … I have a couple more fights at 112. When Taiken Promotions decides to go to 115, I’m ready.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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