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Promoter: Chocolatito Wanted Rungvisai; Winner Must Fight Cuadras

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Roman Gonzalez chose Srisaket Sor Rungvisai over Carlos Cuadras as his next opponent.

Gonzalez could’ve met Mexico’s Cuadras in an immediate rematch March 18 at Madison Square Garden. The 115-pound champion nicknamed “Chocolatito” instead opted to defend his WBC world super flyweight title against Thailand’s Rungvisai on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard.

Golovkin-Jacobs and Gonzalez-Rungvisai, which was officially announced Tuesday morning before a press conference at The Garden, will be two of the four fights HBO Pay-Per-View will televise that night ($64.95 in HD; $54.95 in SD). The other two bouts haven’t been finalized.

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The WBC has mandated that the winner between Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) and Thailand’s Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs) must face Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) in his next fight.

“Srisaket, even though he may not be that well-known here in America, people are saying he’s much more dangerous than Cuadras,” said Tom Loeffler, managing director for K2 Promotions (Golovkin’s promoter). “And we saw that Chocolatito had a very tough fight in winning the title from Cuadras. So that’ll be both Gennady’s and Chocolatito’s toughest fights of their career.”

Cuadras gave Gonzalez a tough time when they fought September 10 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez won their 12-round championship match by unanimous decision, but the fight featured back-and-forth action and both boxers fought through cuts to their faces.

One judge, Max DeLuca, scored their contest close (115-113). The other two judges – Robert Hecko (116-112) and Cathy Leonard (117-111) – gave Gonzalez credit for a wider win on their scorecards.

According to Loeffler, Gonzalez could’ve faced Cuadras again on the Golovkin-Jacobs undercard.

“Honestly, the WBC had mandated the winner of the [Gonzalez-Cuadras] fight had to fight his mandatory in the next fight,” Loeffler said. “But they said if they wanted to do the rematch, they would’ve allowed that. But Chocolatito had preferred to fight the mandatory. And then the winner of this fight has to fight Cuadras in the next fight.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mexicanstyle on 01-11-2017

This could backfire that thai fighter is dangerous he gave cuadtas all he coulf handle only s cut on the thai stopped his momentum evrn if choco wins this guy will soften up gonzalez enough for cuadras to finish him…

Comment by 123tommy on 01-10-2017

No problem with a tune up after a war.Don't flake on the rematch,though.

Comment by -Kev- on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=HI-TECH Boxing;17342456]I re-watched the Chocolatito-Cuadras fight the other day. I scored it 6-6, but I could see it 7-5 either way. I saw two rounds that could have gone either way. Cuadras come on strong towards the end. Chocolatito showed…

Comment by Nic-atl-Nahuac on 01-10-2017

It seems like Gonzalez has to win the rounds by a good margin or else you give it to the opponent. Im sorry but Gonzalez won the first round and some of the later rounds 8-4, 7-5 for Gonzalez.

Comment by Nicoya415 on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;17342452]Hahahaha, yep, Viloria was a great fighter but not at 35 years old and 3 years out of his prime. Takayama and Niida were b classes, Takayama was defeated for Rodriguez Jr and fu.cking Argumedo![/QUOTE] why are you on every…

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