By Elisinio Castillo
Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain had a bad feeling after watching Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez step on the scale to make weight for last month's rematch with WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in Los Angeles, California.
Gonzalez, after losing a controversial decision to Sor Rungvisai in March, was brutally knocked out in four rounds by the Thai puncher when they met for the second time.
Gonzalez is planning to continue his career, by taking a tuneup fight and then pursuing a world title shot against WBA champion Kal Yafai of the UK.
The legendary Mexican trainer, the forger of more than twenty world champions, with the most famous of them being Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Márquez, says the Nicaraguan fighter needs to make a lot of changes.
"It is unfortunate what happened to this boy. A dead end was not expected. But I was surprised not by what I saw in the ring, but how he looked on the day of the weigh-in. He looked like he had done very little physical work and that gave me a fear. Already in the first round he confirmed that he was not well prepared,' Nacho told Bayron Saavedra.
"[He looked worried], that's what a boxer does usually knows he did not train well. He knew he was not ready for that. He knew that the result would be negative because he did not train well or the people who trained him did not demand a full, hard training. I think he should not have taken any more risks, because they did hurt him. I even thought he had done some damage to his chin, he received flush punches.
"It was that he had no other resource, he had no choice but to stand there and fight hand to hand because he knew that the pending results was coming to him. What I personally think, because I have had irresponsible fighters, who have had a fatal end, is that if they do not train when they arrive without a physical background, and at the time of the fight, they resort to the same thing, stand there and fight.
"I believe that a boxer given to his profession must do at least six weeks, more or less, of regular training ... but when they do three months, the boxer arrives with a great physical and mentally prepared condition.
"I think he should make an effort, to go back to the previous division (flyweight). The 115 pound division is getting more difficult, there is a Japanese (Naoya Inoue) that really punches and fights, and there is the Mexican 'El Gallo' Estrada, who is a fighter who due to an injury in his hand is diminished, but he is still a great fighter."
"The problem is that Roman is not very tall and at 115 he looks a bit chubby, and not strong for that weight. What happens is that he is technically superior to any of the fighters that are in the division, but he is not a very strong fighter, he is a fighter with great technical powers, that they had handled well, but who knows what has happened lately, maybe the death of his coach weighed heavily on. He is a fighter who depends on his combinations, he is spectacular [when he does them]."