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Chocolatito's Manager Hopes This is Final 'Co-Feature' Slot

By Miguel Rivera

As reported last week, the fighter recognized as the number one pound-for-pound in the world, Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez, will be facing Puerto Rican contender McWiliams Arroyo on April 23rd at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.

For Gonzalez (44-0, 38KOs), this will be his third HBO televised co-feature where he's packaged with WBA/IBO/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who on the April card will defend his world titles against undefeated mandatory contender Dominic Wade. 

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According to Carlos Blandon, who manages Gonzalez, this could very well be the last 'co-featured' slot for his fighter, who holds the WBC flyweight championship.

He says HBO is very interested in showcasing Gonzalez in a main event position. A main event for a fighter who weighs 112-pounds would require a very good opponent. Blandon hopes they are able to secure Juan Francisco Estrada, who holds the WBA/WBO flyweight titles.

Gonzalez holds a very tough decision win over Estrada when the two of them were junior flyweights. That fight took place back in 2012 at the Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

"Yeah, hopefully this will be the final co-feature for Roman. HBO is very interested in placing him in a main event and we are grateful to God and hope that now everything will come together and that he's able to secure a great opponent, a opponent like Estrada would be nice - but for now we are very thankful to God to have [an important role on a card for] a great champion like Gennady Golovkin, and we're thankful for the relationship with K2 Promotions and Teiken Promotions," said Blandon to ESPN Deportes.

Gonzalez will train in Costa Rica starting in March. He welcomes the fight with Arroyo.

"I am very happy and grateful to God. I'm glad it's Arroyo who is a strong opponent, an amateur medalist, he gave a good fight to [Amnat Ruenroeng]," Gonzalez said.

"Arroyo is a very dangerous, strong fighter. His brother is a world champion and as time passes every opponent will be preparing very well to try to defeat me. McWilliams is definitely an excellent opponent."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by kiaba360 on 02-15-2016

[QUOTE=Vicious.;16468914]Unless it's Estrada then its hard to see how that happens. Also who would be in the co-feature?[/QUOTE] If Estrada isn't Roman's opponent, then maybe he would be the co-feature. I think they should have them on the same card…

Comment by 1hourRun on 02-15-2016

Chocolatito about to headline like he been doing overseas: getting that Yen, getting that peso, getting that Cordoba getting that dola! The Cash Cow of the FW. #P4P you heard!

Comment by oscar9992 on 02-15-2016

So no more Chocalotito/GGG pairing? Sad...

Comment by MisanthropicNY on 02-15-2016

Move up and fight Rigo and you'll definitely get the spot..fighting more bums in this horrible division = nobody cares... even Estrada is nothing special.. Pac moved up from 106 to 151...and FIomos and other racists.. on these forums act…

Comment by crisantonio917 on 02-15-2016

Chocolatito hasn't beaten anyone to deserve main event status, at the end of the day he's a tiny fighter, who doesn't speak english, and is basically riding the coat tails of GGG and should be glad he's being given another…

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