By Keith Idec
One of the most interesting pieces of information to come out of the ongoing WBC convention was the announcement of a Roman Gonzalez-Carlos Cuadras rematch.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Lance Pugmire, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said Wednesday in Hollywood, Florida, that Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) and Mexico’s Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) will fight again sometime in March. Cuadras provided a stiff test for Gonzalez – generally regarded as one of the top boxers, pound-for-pound, in the world – during their September 10 fight in Inglewood, California.
Gonzalez won their 12-round championship match at The Forum by unanimous decision, but the action-packed battle was highly competitive and both boxers fought through cuts to their faces. One judge, Max DeLuca, scored the fight close (115-113). The other two judges – Robert Hecko (116-112) and Cathy Leonard (117-111) – credited Gonzalez with winning by wider margins.
HBO Sports hasn’t made an announcement regarding a Gonzalez-Cuadras rematch. The premium-cable network televised their first fight, though, and has broadcast each of the past four fights for Gonzalez, more commonly known by his nickname, “Chocolatito.”
The 29-year-old Gonzalez – a former WBA 105-pound, WBA 108-pound and WBC 112-pound world champion – won the WBC world super flyweight title from the previously undefeated Cuadras in what was Gonzalez’s first fight at 115 pounds. The 28-year-old Cuadras is the WBC’s No. 1-ranked contender for the title he lost.
Gonzalez and Cuadras both have publicly stated their desire to take part in an immediate rematch.
“You took my baby away from me, ‘Chocolatito,’ ” Cuadras told assembled members of the media in September in Mexico City. “I have a huge thorn on my side and if we goth want the rematch, let’s do it.
“We both want it. I now know very well how he boxes. In our rematch, I can fight him toe-to-toe and knock him out, so we don’t have to go to the cards.”
Sulaiman also announced that the winner of the Gonzalez-Cuadras rematch must make a mandatory defense against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs) in his following fight. Thailand’s Rungvisai, who also fights under the name Wisaksil Wangek, is ranked No. 2 by the WBC at 115 pounds and owns the WBC silver championship at that weight.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.