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Roman Gonzalez Injured, Withdraws From December Fight

By Miguel Rivera

Four division world champion Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez has injured a meniscus on one of his knees and will not go forward with a planned return on December 8th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

According to ESPN Deportes, promoter Tom Loeffler is looking for a replacement opponent to face Mexico's Pedro Guevara, and former champion Juan Francisco 'Gallo' Estrada has emerged among the list of possibilities.

The fight was scheduled to be the HBO televised co-feature for a card headlined by women's unified world champion Cecilia Braekhus. And another unified women's champion Claressa Shields, is opening up the televised portion of the show.

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That card is going to be the final HBO boxing card in their 45-year history with the sport. The network made an announcement several months ago of their intention to drop boxing programming from their network.

Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs) was in action back in September, when he knocked out Moises Fuentes in brutal fashion. The bout took place on the HBO Pay-Per-View undercard to the middleweight rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

It was Gonzalez's first victory in two years, after suffering back to back defeats to WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungivisai of Thailand. After getting brutally knocked out in four rounds by the Thai puncher last fall, Gonzalez took off for a long period of time to mentally and physically recover.

He aims to secure a world title shot in the coming year, and WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai, who retained his title on Saturday night over Israel Gonzalez, has emerged as a leading target after a strong offer was already placed on the table for a potential fight in the near future.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by theface07 on 11-26-2018

Huge disappointment. It's too early to see whether Chocolatito can get back to previous form but this is another set back for him. He hasn't had much luck lately.

Comment by Big Skinny on 11-26-2018

Cmon bro, don’t hate. That’s just pure nonsense. Nobody has been able to accomplish what Loeffler has in the past seven years with any of their fighters. Give credit where credit is due. It’s just the beginning....

Comment by SplitSecond on 11-25-2018

Disappointing. Hoping for a complete recovery.

Comment by Dontbeahater on 11-25-2018

[QUOTE=Big Skinny;19296242]Loeffler has a small stable of fighters he works with but they are all elite level. Other promotions have a bunch of b-level guys who nobody cares about and maybe one or two that pull their own weight. Quality…

Comment by Dasmius Shinobi on 11-25-2018

I was hoping to see this farewell card and to see Jim Lampley crying when they say the final good bye words, but my eyes are going to the mismatch unification of Lomachenko vs Pedraza.:boxing:

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