FightPost Boxer of the Week: Roman Gonzalez
By Gary Kittilsen
The Star in Frisco, Texas was home to what was perhaps the deepest card of 2020 so far.
Both the co-main and main event featured two former four-division world champs and future hall of farmers now in their thirties looking to reestablish themselves and make one last run.
One of the two, Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez was able to remove all lingering doubt and prove to the boxing world he is indeed back to his prime form.
Gonzalez was king of the smaller weight classes for the better part of the decade and moved up to the number one spot on some pound for pound lists before suffering back to back losses in 2017.
However, by scoring a brutal one-sided knockout over the highly regarded WBA super flyweight champ Kal Yafai. The Nicaraguan legend became a five-time world champ overall as well as a two time super flyweight champ and our Fighter of the Week.
In a fight that many that was going to be the demise of the legendary Gonzalez proved to be anything but that. Through four fairly even opening rounds Yafai and Gonzalez gave as good as got.
However, the slicker, Yafai seemed content on standing in the pocket and trading with the heavier hitting Gonzalez. That proved to be a fatal flaw as the fight progressed. The work rate and vicious offensive attack clearly begin to wear the champ down in the middle rounds.
By the eighth Yafai was clearly in trouble and was staggered by a straight right hand and eventually dropped by a barrage of power shots. Yafai got to his feet just as the bell sounded saving him momentarily. The ninth started as the eighth finished off, with Gonzalez staying on the attack. A single perfectly placed right hand put the champ down and out. Giving Gonzalez the ninth round TKO victory and the WBA super flyweight title
Roman Gonzalez is among the biggest names and draws the smaller weight classes have ever seen. He is one of the few little guys that can sell out arena’s in the US.
Giving that type of masterful performance that he did against Yafai in Texas re-establishes him as a superstar little man. He is also in the right division at the right time. The super flyweight division is as loaded as any in the sport.
In addition to former flyweight champ, Charlie Edwards moving up to the weight class the division features the likes of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai who is the only man to beat Gonzalez but also Juan Fransico Estrada who currently holds the WBC strap, who Gonzalez already has a win over at a smaller weight class back in 2012, as well as fellow four-division world champ Kaz Ioka of Japan.
Anyone of those names would be a big money mega-fight in either the US or in the opponent’s home country.
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