SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2015 – The reason the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles is closing in on a sellout for tonight’s boxing event is the serious fan’s favorite fighter, middleweight champion and knockout king Gennady “Triple G” Golovkin.
While GGG is the main attraction, fans could well walk away impressed by the fighter on the card with even more knockouts than GGG. He’s fighting for the first time in front of an American TV audience on HBO, WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is 42-0 with 36 knockouts. The Nicaraguan native has a huge fan following in his home country, in Mexico and in Japan, where many of his biggest victories have taken place. If you’re scratching your head wondering why you’ve never heard of the boxer nicknamed “Little Chocolate,” it’s because he fights in one of the smallest weight classes in boxing. Gonzalez stands 5-2, at 112 pounds.
When boxers are compared with the designation “best pound for pound” fighters, it’s especially meaningful for the men in the smaller weight classes who fight with just as much power, strength, and resilience as the bigger boxers, like Golovkin. Gonzalez is currently ranked number seven by ESPN and number three by Ring Magazine, just behind guys named Mayweather and Klitschko – yes, ahead of Triple G.
The Forum audience and those watching on HBO will have the chance to compare the two in their back-to-back co-main events and Ringside Seat predicts they will all come away wanting to see a lot more. Lucky for everyone, HBO has signed Gonzalez to a multi-fight contract.
Gonzalez, age 27, will fight Mexican veteran and former champion Edgar Sosa (51-8-0, 30 KOs), 35. Sosa will give his best effort but he initially came in over the 112 weight limit on Friday. He made it, but after the setback of having to work to make weight, ever fewer people expect him to alter the course of boxing history.
Gonzalez will be motivated to put on his own P4P version of the “big drama show” Saturday like the ones winning him a rabid fan base in Mexico, Japan, and among serious fight fans. When he does, boxing fans will recall seeing Chocolatito in the same way they now look back to a fight in 2012 when an unknown boxer from Kazahkstan made his HBO debut and destroyed Grzegorz Proksa: Gennady Golovkin.
The non-televised undercard offers several intriguing bouts. Bantamweight Ivan Morales, the undefeated 23-year-old brother of the great Mexican champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales with 15 knockouts in 27 wins. Morales said he was so happy to appear at the news conference, “I practiced my English all night!” Aspiring lightweight boxer from Kazakhstan, Ruslan Madiev, who trains alongside Gennady Golovkin at The Summit in Big Bear, California, makes his SoCal debut. And in a rare showcase for women’s professional boxing, hometown favorite super flyweight boxer Seniesa Estrada of Los Angeles (3-0 1 KO) faces Carly Batey (4-4-2) originally from England and now living in San Diego.
All six “A” side boxers are undefeated; the chances of any of them going home with their first loss are rather slim. This is a showcase card and what it might lack in edge of the seat suspense, it will make up in fan friendly action.
Ringside Seat will indeed be ringside and bring you a full recap as well as running updates on the Twitter stream on the Communities Digital News homepage starting with the undercards at 8 p.m. ET; the televised event begins on HBO at 10 p.m. ET.
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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