Roman Gonzalez Will Head To Japan To Map Out His Future

By Miguel Rivera

In the next few days, former four division world champion Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez of Nicaragua will travel to Japan where he will define his future in the sport of boxing.

Gonzalez will head over there with his manager, Carlos Blandon, to sit down with their promoter Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions.

According to Blandon, at the meeting they will determine certain aspects that are still lacking from the team - like a new head trainer, despite training with Gustavo Herrera a few days ago, as well as determining the location and date of his return.


Gonzalez just went through the most difficult year of his entire career, where he started the year as the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing on most expert lists - and then suffered back to back defeats to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand - who in the rematch last September scored a brutal knockout in four rounds.

"We are about to travel to Japan to determine these aspects [like trainer, return date]. We have not confirmed a lot of things, but soon we will," Blandón said to ESPN Deportes.

There has been a lot of speculation about Román's future but in the coming days everything will be decided.

In a recent chat with journalist Bayron Saavedra and the BoxNica page, 'Chocolatito' said that he was not interested in a world championship fight at the moment and that he hoped to have something quiet for his return after some tough years that were packed with high caliber fights.

Initially, Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) was said to be a consideration for next month's Superfly 2 event in Los Angeles, but promoter Tom Loeffler dismissed that possibility - although he left the door open that Gonzalez could potentially become part of the undercard for the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin card on May 5 - if that rematch is finalized.

Then it was said that Gonzalez was going to face WBA champion Khalid Yafai in a separate fight on a tentative date in the month of April, but that was also ruled out by members of Roman's team.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by trippleupper on 01-11-2018

I think he should move down to 112, if possible.

Comment by The Akbar One on 01-10-2018

Gonzalez was never pound for pound number one. He fought mostly bums. Donaire would have wrecked him at 112 and 115.

Comment by Randall Cunning on 01-10-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18395316]Agreed, the lighter weights have blown up, I just remembered Jerwin is coming over to fight on ESPN! Yafai doing big things with Sky, and Rungvisai-Estrada on HBO! Wow! so happy for these guys after all the years I been…

Comment by 1hourRun on 01-10-2018

[QUOTE=Randall Cunning;18395310]Well its not as good as the first one. The division and "Superfly" has become a victim of its own success, don't think you could ever get a card as good as the first one in the division again,…

Comment by Randall Cunning on 01-10-2018

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18395303]I dont believe anything Hearns says, the other top superfly weights have no problem getting on 'Superfly' even Inoue and lol @ Joshua/Wilder, I'll believe it when they are in the same ring.[/QUOTE] Well its not as good as the…

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