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Roman Gonzalez To Face Nino or Keb Baas on 10/1

By Ryan Songalia

After world titles in two weight divisions in a career developed in Nicaragua, Japan and Mexico, WBA light flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez is finally set to make his American debut on October 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

According to Gonzalez's manager Silvio Conrado, Gonzalez (29-0, 24 KO) of Managua, Nicaragua could either face former champs Omar Nino or Gilberto Keb Baas, both of Mexico.

The 24-year-old Gonzalez is coming off a dominant knockout win over Omar Salado last month in Cancun, Mex., and has scored knockouts in four of his last five contests.

Should all go well on October 1, Conrado would like to stage one more title defense for Gonzalez in 2011, before targeting a unification match with IBF light flyweight champ Ulises Solis (33-2-3, 29 KO).

"In Roman's mind, the biggest fight at 108 pounds is Ulises Solis, followed way back by Adrian Hernandez," said Conrado. "Solis would be the fight we would love to have. Roman's real dream fight however is moving up in weight and fighting Giovanni Segura.

"We just want to keep Roman as active as possible and we would like the opportunity to some day unify titles."

For this camp, Conrado says he has brought over Panamanian flyweight contender Ricardo "El Matematico" Nunez (21-2, 18 KO) for sparring.

The October 1 show will be headlined by streaking WBC super bantamweight champ Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan against former bantamweight and super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez of Mexico.

Japanese promoter Teiken will stage the event, in association with Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions.

Ryan Songalia is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributes to GMA News and the Filipino Reporter newspaper in New York City. He can be reached at [email protected]. An archive of his work can be found at www.ryansongalia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ryansongalia.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by nycsmooth on 08-06-2011

Good move coing to US...a solid fighter w/a bright future...hope he returns and put him on TV somewhere...

Comment by Mr. Ryan on 08-06-2011

[QUOTE=Shadows;10951570]Great to see Chocolatito making his US debut. This could turn out to be a solid card.[/QUOTE] I'm excited about this guy, he's young and hits hard from every angle. I'd prefer to see him face Omar Nino next, just…

Comment by Shadows on 08-06-2011

Great to see Chocolatito making his US debut. This could turn out to be a solid card.

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