By Steve Kim
Along with the highly anticipated middleweight unification clash between WBA/IBO champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF belt-holder David Lemieux at the Madison Square Garden on October 17th, the HBO pay-per-view card could feature one of the sports most highly regarded fighters, WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez.
'Chocolatito', who has a sterling mark of 43-0 (37 KO's), was the HBO co-feature on the night that Golokvin faced Willie Monroe Jr. on May 16th at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez halted Edgar Sosa in two rounds in what was an electrifying performance.
“It was a winning combination at the Forum and there's no reason why he shouldn't be the co-feature on this fight,'' said Tom Loeffler, the managing director of K2 Promotions, which handles Golovkin and now has a stake in Gonzalez.
”So that's definitely the direction we're going into. That was a great reaction having him on the same show as Gennady as his HBO debut and bring him to New York to make his debut there. That's something we'd be looking forward to.”
One name being mentioned for Gonzalez is 'the Hawaiian Punch' Brian Viloria, who fights later tonight in Hollywood on a UniMas card.
As for the rest of the rest of the pay-per-view bill, heavyweight Bryant Jennings is being considered (perhaps against Luis Ortiz) and welterweight Sadam Ali.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com