By Luis Sandoval
WBA Light Flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will be fighting in the United States for the third time as he faces Juan Estrada in the co-feature to the main event between Brian Viloria and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez this Saturday night at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Gonzalez is somewhat of a hidden secret in boxing as he possesses true power and a lot of skill behind it but not a lot of people have had a chance to see him. His plan is to tap into the US fight fan population and especially the large Nicaraguan community that Los Angeles has.
Gonzalez understands in order to be recognized he has to take on the best. A fight between him and WBO champion Donnie Nietes has not been able to get made but Gonzalez says it’s through no fault of his own and since he can’t get a big fight at 108, they will be moving up to 112.
“Donnie Nietes, he doesn’t want to fight with me. We’ve offered him the fight so we can unify our world titles to his current promoter but he doesn’t want to fight. And well, truthfully, this is going to be our last fight at 108. After, my promoter Akihiko Honda of Teiken [Promotions] in Japan [said] there’s a fight in Japan looking for the third title at 112 and then unify with one of the two champions from this Saturday night with either Brian Viloria or Tyson Marquez. Whichever one wins, we’ll go with the winner. But this guy Nietes doesn’t want to fight with me” revealed the Nicaraguan native.
Gonzalez boasts an impressive record of 33-0 with 28KOs. The winner of Viloria-Marquez seems like a perfect opponent for Gonzalez who is hungry to prove to people that he’s the real deal and what better way to prove it than against one of the top guys.
“That’s the fight I’ve been waiting for. Just like many people are waiting for the fight, we are also waiting for Viloria or Marquez. One of my goals is to be able to fight one of them that way we can demonstrate our qualities, conditioning, and the power we posses. We can demonstrate all that by fighting one of these two great champs that are in the division at this moment” Gonzalez would tell The Boxing Lab.
If you haven’t had a chance to see Gonzalez, this will be one of the few opportunities we get to see him and broadcast on US airwaves. He hopes to put the world on notice and prove he’s a worthy opponent for the winner of the main event.
You can listen to Roman Gonzalez’s interview in its entirety by listening to The Boxing Lab podcast: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/boxinglab/2012/11/14/the-boxing-lab-boxingscenes-official-audio-show
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