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Chocolatito Decisions a Game Israel Gonzalez To Retain WBA Title

Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s pressure and volume prevented Israel Gonzalez from having any chance of pulling off an upset Friday night.

The four-division champion from Nicaragua aggressively out-worked his challenger and won a 12-round unanimous decision at TV Azteca Studios in Mexico City. The judges scored their 115-pound championship match for Roman Gonzalez by the wide distances of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112.

Roman Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) made the first defense of the WBA “super” 115-pound championship he won by stopping England’s Kal Yafai in the ninth round of his last fight, February 29 in Frisco, Texas. The 33-year-old Gonzalez has won four straight fights since Srisaket Sor Rungvisai knocked him out in the fourth round of their immediate rematch in September 2017 in Carson, California.

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Israel Gonzalez, 23, is 4-3 in his past seven fights and slipped to 25-4 (11 KOs).

Roman Gonzalez’s victory could lead to a rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada. Mexico’s Estrada will fight Carlos Cuadras again in the main event Friday night.

Estrada wants to avenge his 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Roman Gonzalez in their WBC 108-pound title fight nearly eight years ago in Los Angeles.

Roman Gonzalez looked Friday night as though the former pound-for-pound king is ready to test the improved Estrada if they fight again.

Israel Gonzalez went after the champion in the final round, but he couldn’t land the type of impactful punch he desperately needed to hurt Roman Gonzalez. The winner continued to out-land Israel Gonzalez and blocked a lot of his opponent’s punches.

Roman Gonzalez’s right hand landed and moved Israel Gonzalez into the ropes with about 45 seconds left in the 11th round.

Israel Gonzalez’s straight right hand snapped back Roman Gonzalez’s head with about a minute to go in the 10th round. Israel Gonzalez’s combination attempt moments earlier stopped Roman Gonzalez from punching and set up that shot.

Roman Gonzalez again applied pressure for most of the ninth round. Israel Gonzalez tried to fend him off, but his experienced opponent just kept coming forward.

Israel Gonzalez landed a straight right hand about 40 seconds into the eighth round, in which he was more active than in previous rounds.

An overhand right by Roman Gonzalez landed just before the halfway point of the seventh round. Israel Gonzalez backed against the ropes in the final minute of the seventh round and allowed Roman Gonzalez to unload punches, but he regained his composure and threw some punches back at Roman Gonzalez before that round ended.

Israel Gonzalez landed a right uppercut about 20 seconds into the sixth round. Roman Gonzalez seemingly built on his lead in that round with a high volume of punches.

Israel Gonzalez unleashed a flurry of punches just after the midway mark of the fifth round, but Roman Gonzalez slipped or blocked most of those shots.

Otherwise, Roman Gonzalez spent the fifth round pressuring his opponent and trying to land to his head and body. Israel Gonzalez also appeared to block many of Roman Gonzalez’s punches in that round.

Roman Gonzalez’s straight right backed up Israel Gonzalez with about 1:05 remaining in the fourth round. About 10 seconds later, Israel Gonzalez fired back with a sharp combination that got Roman Gonzalez’s attention.

Roman Gonzalez swarmed Israel Gonzalez during the third round, when he landed a straight right hand that knocked Israel Gonzalez into the ropes with just over 1:20 left in it.

A left hook by Israel Gonzalez caught Roman Gonzalez when he came forward about 30 seconds into the second round. Unlike the first round, Israel Gonzalez began letting his hands go early in the second round.

A right hand by Roman Gonzalez nailed Israel Gonzalez on the side of his head with about 20 seconds to go in the second round.

Roman Gonzalez pursued Israel Gonzalez throughout the first round. Israel Gonzalez moved well and avoided almost all of Roman Gonzalez’s power punches in those opening three minutes. 

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by thedarkdragon11 on 10-24-2020

115 is too big for Choc it seems... Nietes would be a good match for him though...

Comment by MilesTeg on 10-24-2020

He doesn't have the physical conditions anymore, he is above his weight, his punches aren't as strong. Israel Gonzales was able to connect him and he is light years behind Estrada. I don't think it evens deserves to be in…

Comment by danceswithfire on 10-24-2020

[QUOTE=RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM;20835387]I see why Ancajas was avoided.[/QUOTE] yup , nobody is mentioning his name, MP needs to seriously do a better job with him to get in the mix , sean gibbons where u at

Comment by RGJTMMRDCMJRJSM on 10-24-2020

I see why Ancajas was avoided.

Comment by SplitSecond on 10-24-2020

Gonzalez looked past it. Opponent wasn’t game neither, outside of a flurry here and there and some flexing post round. Hopefully he still beats Estrada’s ass.

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