By Keith Idec
The supposed plan after March 18 is to make a Roman Gonzalez-Carlos Cuadras rematch.
That’ll require Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) to defeat Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs) and Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) to overcome fellow Mexican David Carmona (20-3-5, 8 KOs) on the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs undercard next week at Madison Square Garden (HBO Pay-Per-View). If Gonzalez is successful in a mandatory defense of the WBC world super flyweight title he won from Cuadras and Cuadras defeats Carmona, Cuadras gets the sense that there’s no guarantee that Gonzalez will fight him again in his next bout.
Cuadras has heard rumors about Gonzalez, the No. 1 fighter on numerous pound-for-pound lists, moving up from 115 pounds to 118 after facing Rungvisai. That wouldn’t deter him from fighting Gonzalez again, even though Cuadras has fought mostly at 115 pounds or lower in recent years.
“I do believe he’s running from me,” Cuadras said through a translator during a conference call Thursday. “I think he has fear of me. Look, if he wants to fight at 118 pounds, no problem. I will go up to 118 pounds. It doesn’t matter. Whatever weight he is, if he will give me the fight, I will be there and I will fight him in the rematch.”
Gonzalez, 29, beat Cuadras by unanimous decision in a September 10 fight HBO broadcast from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The previously undefeated Cuadras gave Gonzalez a difficult fight, including opening cuts over and under Gonzalez’s right eye with punches.
The 28-year-old Cuadras came on late in that fight, yet still lost on all three scorecards (117-111, 116-112, 115-113). He hopes he gets another chance in his next fight to upset one of the best boxers in the world.
“My goal is to come out and win on the 18th of March,” Cuadras said. “If ‘Chocolatito’ wants to call me a clown, well, I’m a clown that gave him his toughest fight. You know what? I’m gonna show him in our rematch.”
Cuadras has an easier assignment on the Golovkin-Jacobs undercard than Gonzalez.
Mexico City’s Carmona, 25, lost to highly regarded Japanese champion Naoya Inoue in his last fight. Inoue won their 12-round fight for his WBO world super flyweight championship by unanimous decision May 8 in Tokyo (118-109, 118-109, 116-111).
“I have watched Carmona fight,” Cuadras said. “He is from Mexico City. We are fellow countrymen. I think he’s a very tough fighter. I watched him in his last fight, when he lost a unanimous decision to Inoue. But I’m going to go out there and I will be looking for the knockout.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.