by Pablo Fletes, notifight.com
The President of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaimán, held his traditional meeting Mexico on Friday afternoon. The conference took place in the Restaurant La Fonda Mexicana, in Mexico City.
And there, while speaking to journalists, Sulaiman confirmed that Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez will defend the WBC super flyweight world title against mandatory challenger, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.
According to Sulaiman, the fight will take place on March 18th at Madison Square Garden in New York, as the HBO Pay-Per-View co-feature to Gennady Golovkin's defense of the WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO middleweight titles against mandatory challenger Daniel Jacobs.
Sulaiman also stated that former world champion Carlos Cuadras, who wanted an immediate rematch with Chocolatito, will see action on the undercard. Cuadras lost his title to Chocolatito last September in Los Angeles.
The end of the year was a bit stormy for Chocolatito, due to the death of his trainer Arnulfo Obando, who suffered a bad stroke and passed away a few days later.
Sor Rungvisai has a record of 41-4-1, with 38 knockouts. He won the WBC super flyweight title in May 2013, but lost it in just his second defense against the Cuadras.
It should be noted that he had seven fights as champion, without the title at stake, and won them all. And after the loss to Cuadras in May of 2014, he's built his way back with a 14-fight winning streak in less than three years time.
Chocolatito however, has a luxurious record of 46-0, with 38 knockouts. He has been minimumweight and junior flyweight world champion of the World Boxing Association, the WBC flyweight world champion and now holds the WBC super flyweight belt. Obviously, he is odd-on favorite to come away with the victory in the fight.