By Miguel Rivera
Wilmer Hernandez, the former trainer of Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, has broken his silence with respect to the recent new that he was replaced by the boxer who he considered to be a close friend.
After the death of Chocolatito's longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando, it was determined that Wilmer would be called upon to take his place prior to the fight against Srisaket Sor Rugvisai in March.
After Chocolatito suffered a controversial twelve round decision loss to the tough Thai fighter, there were obvious changes coming as the Nicaraguan's performance was a bit lacking.
Chocolatito first incorporated the services of Japanese coach Sendai Tanaka and days after that news was known, it was revealed that Hernandez was dismissed.
My first question, precisely, was related to that dismissal. Wilmer asked him about the feeling that let him have left that way of Gonzalez's team.
"The fight was won (in spite of the cards), and in my opinion my work has been well valued. In the end they did not want to work with me and it is their right. They wanted Chocolatito to change his trainer, and you have to accept it and move on," Wilmer said to ESPN Deportes.
"I never expected to get the opportunity to work in the corner of the world's number one (fighter). It's something that I should always thankful for, for giving me the opportunity at the moment. I gained knowledge, I gained experience and now I just have to keep fighting to see if we can get a new world champion."
"It seemed like a big leap for my little career to get there, but here in Nicaragua a lot of people do not know that Wilmer Hernandez was not only the team's physical trainer, I was the second coach to Arnulfo.
"The only disappointment I took, maybe, is that I believed in friendships and these things hurt, things are lost that took time to build. That's what I thought with Román González, that we were friends and unfortunately it was not so."
Chocolatito will get the chance to regain his WBC super flyweight title when he face So Rungvisai in a rematch in September.