by Haxel Ruben Murillo, notifight.com
Former four division world champion Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) has vowed to go for a knockout if a rematch takes place with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs) of Thailand.
Last Saturday night at New York's Madison Square Garden, Gonzalez was dropped in the first round and lost the WBC super flyweight championship when he was on the losing end of a twelve round majority decision to Sor Rungvisai, who was the mandatory challenger.
The scores were 114-112, 114-112 and 113-113. There were many at ringside who felt Gonzalez had done enough to win.
Gonzalez wants an immediate rematch to inflict some payback on Sor Rungvisai. He believes a knockout will be necessary to avoid being robbed on the scorecards.
With the loss, Gonzalez lost his position as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport, but he's not concerned with that label and only wants to avenge the first defeat of his pro career.
"I know I have to turn the page," González explained to Channel 4. "I saw this morning [that I was replaced as the top pound-for-pound fighter]. I hardly look at the news because I'm busy, but I feel happy. I've always said that when I was in first place, I did not think I was the best [pound-for-pound fighter out there]. We've all been good since we got into boxing. It was a difficult fight, I certainly want to recover my title, it would be a blessing if the immediate rematch came and if I doesn't I think it will come later on."
"I would be focused on knocking him out, because it would be a fight in which I am going to prove that I am still the best in the world, it is the only way I can win. What happened on Saturday is a sadness for boxing. I know that I must turn the page, but it is a sadness as they took that fight away from me."