By Miguel Rivera
Former world champion Rosendo Alvarez feels very close to countryman Roman Gonzalez, who started off the year as the best pound for pound fighter in boxing and is now on a two fight losing streak.
Gonzalez lost two fights in a row to WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. In the first bout held in March, Gonzalez lost what some felt was a controversial twelve round decision. In the rematch a few months later, Gonzalez was knocked out cold in four rounds.
Gonzalez, who captured four divisional world titles, is planning to remain at 115-pounds, and is now targeting a crack at WBA super flyweight world champion Kal Yafai of the UK.
But Alvarez believes that's a very bad idea.
He says Gonzalez is too small for the weight and doesn't have the same power. Gonzalez has also mentioned the idea of heading up to 118-pounds to chase after another divisional belt - which Alvarez believes could be a very dangerous choice.
Alvarez believes the best move, the move he would advise Gonzalez to take, is to return to 112-pounds.
"We are hurt because 'Chocolatito' was the face of Nicaragua and he had proved to be a consistent fighter, he had already been beating a lot of good fighters in the 112 pound division, but at 115 I see that he has a lot of difficulty, his punch is not the same, they hurt him too much and the opponents are taller and stronger than him... he is giving away weight, personally he has already made history," said Alvarez to ESPN Deportes.
"But if he wants to win another title he should go back to 112 pounds, after that he should retire, he did what he had to do, he is fighting since 8 years old, he he took a lot of punches... he is only human. I think he should already look to go to 112, sacrifice to get down, find a good team, a good coach and go to 112 pounds, look for that title and retire. Going to 118 is too dangerous. They redhyrate to 134, 135-pounds and he doesn't have the body to take a punch at 118."