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Roman Gonzalez Eyes Unification With Donnie Nietes

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, one of the best of the smaller men in boxing, is looking forward to a possible unification title bout against WBO champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes who defends his title against Mexico’s Felipe Salguero at the Resorts World Hotel & Casino on June 2 in a fight to be telecast by ABS-CBN on its highly rated “Pinoy Pride” series.

Gonzalez mentioned Nietes along with Ulises Solis and Adrian Hernandez as the fighters he would like to face after destroying Ramon Garcia Hirales of Mexico at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, dropping Garcia twice in the fourth round before the referee called a halt.

ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told the Manila Standard that Gonzalez “is tough, has power and is a good fighter but we’ve always wanted Nietes to go after the big names and move up a step because he is the longest reigning Filipino world champion. He hasn’t been given the chance to really excel and earn the respect he deserves. Hopefully after this fight (vs Salguero) that’s the fight we want.”

Raul Garcia Hirales had lost the WBO title to Nietes via unanimous twelve round decision in Bacolod City last October.

Gonzalez used a right straight and a left hook to the body against the southpaw Garcia, the identical twin brother of Raul “Rayito” Garcia, himself a former world champion, in the early rounds.

But Garcia came back strongly in the third, catching Gonzalez with solid right hooks to the head of the champion and hard lefts to the body. The challenger continued to press the action at the start of the fourth round before Gonzalez connected with a vicious combination to the head. Garcia not only beat the count but fought back before Gonzalez nailed him with a left uppercut and a right to the head and dropped him once again to the delight of the predominantly pro-Gonzalez crowd as referee Raul Caiz Jr called a halt at 2:09 of the round.

In a post-fight interview Gonzalez said Garcia surprised him with his boxing skills in the first couple of rounds but added “Once he felt my power, he began to back up. When I landed my right hand, I knew he was done. Not too many guys can take my power.”

With the win the undefeated Nicaraguan improved his record to 32-0 with 27 knockouts while Garcia who is from La Paz, Mexico dropped to 16-4-1 with 9 knockouts.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Suavecito80 on 04-30-2012

He needs to unify and then move up to 112. He was having trouble making weight this fight and the fight before. It would be a great fight but I still would give the edge to chocolatito dude is a…

Comment by Eaner0919 on 04-30-2012

I was there live this Saturday and Chocolatito is a bad ass to watch

Comment by nycsmooth on 04-30-2012

P4P 1 of the best bouts that can b made in boxing...

Comment by Mastrangelo on 04-30-2012

Now that's a good fight. I think that should be rather easy to make? Both were fighting on Top Rank cards I belive. Gonzales would have to go through some heavy blows in that fights, Nietes may also be faster…

Comment by bigcursedawg on 04-30-2012

Chocolito is one of my favorites to watch. He's just naturally gifted and fights every round like he going for the ko.

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