By Carlos Boogs
WBC flyweight world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (43-0, 37KOs) is not yet ready to face Japanese superstar Naoya "Monster" Inoue (8-0, 7KOs), who fights one division north and holds the WBO title in that weight class.
Inoue is making tremendous waves in the lower weights. After only turning pro in 2012, he's already a two-division world champion after destroying Adrian Hernandez for the WBC junior flyweight title in early 2014 and then moving up by two weight divisions later that year to wipeout 115-pound kingpin Omar Narvaez for the WBO super flyweight title.
Gonzalez is open to making that fight, but not at this moment. He made his HBO debut on Saturday with a two round knockout of veteran Edgar Sosa at The Forum in Los Angeles. He wants to make a few more defenses at 112 before going up to 115 to face Inoue.
The two boxers share the same promoter in Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions, so a future fight between the two of them is very possible.
"He is a great fighter. He is very strong. He hits very hard. But he's at 115 and I'm at 112 right now. I believe I still have a couple of more fights at 112. When Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions is ready to take me to 115 - I'm ready. Or when I don't have any more opponents to fight at 112 [I'll move up]. At the moment I'm fighting at 112, I'm a world champion," Gonzalez.
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