SAN DIEGO, September 9, 2016 – Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua can become the first boxer from Nicaragua to win titles in four weight divisions on Saturday in Los Angeles at The Fabulous Forum in a bout to be televised at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. He will have to defeat WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras of Mexico (35-0-1, 27 KOs) to do it.
With a victory, Gonzalez would surpass his personal idol and mentor, the great Alexis Arguello. The bout is highly anticipated in “Chocolatito’s” home country. Monitors will be set up for public viewing in Nicaragua and the entire country will stop down to watch. “It’s very important to me to gain the fourth divisional title. Alexis Arguello trained and mentored me and I saw him as a father figure,” said Gonzalez, who also said even if he wins on Saturday, he will never surpass the accomplishments of Arguello.
Whether or not you’re in Nicaragua, you should stop and watch, too. Gonzalez is a once in a generation talent. He is among the most powerful boxers for his size, accurate and efficient. He is aggressive and fires off swift combinations with speed.
But there is a new variable to the mix in a higher weight division, and a legitimate champion in Cuadras who intends to give his best effort on Saturday. Cuadras is well trained and well prepared, and fights in the typical aggressive Mexican style. All but one of his 36 fights have taken place in Mexico or Japan, and admittedly against lesser competition than Gonzalez has faced. It will be a serious test of Cuadras’ undefeated record.
“I want to thank everyone who helped get me ready for this fight. Everyone has done their job and now it’s time to do mine. I’m in great shape as you can see, you don’t get this way by playing marbles, you get this way by getting ready for a fight,” said Cuadras. “I’m taking the belt home again on Saturday night.“
Cuadras thoroughly enjoys the attention in the lead-up events to the fight, and he and Gonzalez appear to have a genuinely respectful, congenial relationship, which they will need to set aside in the ring on Saturday.
The Forum is by far the biggest venue and HBO the biggest stage of Cuadras’ career. “It’s a great venue where many Mexican legends have fought,” said Cuadras, and he hopes many of the Mexican-American fans in Los Angeles will come cheer him on.
Gonzalez has a sizable fan base in Los Angeles and has made The Forum his home outside Nicaragua. “I will have a strong fan base as well with a lot of Nicaraguans coming to the fight,” said Gonzalez. He is not taking Cuadras lightly, training alongside Gennady Golovkin at The Summit in Big Bear in preparation for the bout.
“We’re prepared to go 15-20 rounds if we needed to … I have a great deal of respect for Carlos Cuadras and am only thinking about him. He has great skills and that is why he is a champion, I’m sure he is in the best condition of his career
“I feel very good at this weight, yesterday I weighed 116 and I’m just waiting for Friday to weigh-in on the mark. This is the strongest I’ve felt in my career,” said Gonzalez.
The reserved Nicaraguan has proven to be an effective ambassador for the talented athletes competing in boxing’s smaller weight divisions. It motivates him to stay sharp. “It’s a great motivation for me to plow a path for other fighters at this weight class to also have success,” said Gonzalez.
Cuadras will bring the fight to Gonzalez, and if he can take a punch, it may be difficult for Gonzalez to end the fight early. Fans won’t mind seeing it go the distance if it means plenty of action, and this is practically a guarantee from Gonzalez and Cuadras. Unless Gonzalez makes a serious mistake, he is likely to prevail over the less tested Cuadras.
The HBO broadcast also features a fight fans will not want to miss, a rematch between junior middleweights Jesus Soto Karass of Mexico (28-10-4, 18 KOs) and Yoshihiro Kamegai of Japan (26-3-2, 23 KOs). There’s no title on the line and no risk to either man’s career. It’s simply the kind of world class action fans live for. The pair fought to a draw at the LA Fight Club in April, a Fight of the Year barnburner that lived up to its sky high expectations. Now the pair will battle again in front of a much larger audience and it’s sure to be a thrill a minute.
“We’re ready for a big fight, it’s going to be a continuation of the last fight, you don’t want to miss this, it’s going to be a good one,” promised Soto Karass. “We’re going to heat up the ring for the main event between Cuadras and Chocolatito.”
Kamegai said, “I’m very happy that I’m able to have a rematch with such a great fighter, Jesus Soto Karass and to fight in this great arena and I would like to leave here on Saturday with a memorable, exciting fight.”
Toss a coin on the outcome, it’s going to be close unless someone hits the canvas.
Also on the card and worthy of note is the return of American lightweight prospect Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (15-0-0, 9 KOs), who put on an excellent performance on the Golovkin/Gonzalez undercard in April with a fifth round knockdown. He faces Cesar Villarraga of Colombia (9-1-0, 4 KOs).
Los Angeles super flyweight sensation Seniesa Estrada (6-0, 1 KO) returns to the Forum for another appearance with a women’s eight round bout against Nancy Franco of Mexico (15-9-2, 4 KOs). Estrada never fails to entertain fans and has won many people over to women’s professional boxing.
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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