Roman Gonzalez on Facing Inoue, Nietes, Estrada

by Haxel Ruben Murillo

WBC flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (44-0, 38KOs) is looking at a possible ring return in February. He says there are plenty of options for him after retaining his title earlier this month with a knockout victory over former champion Brian Viloria at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The fight Gonzalez would want most is the man he defeated in 2012, Juan Francisco Estrada, who holds the WBA/WBO world titles at flyweight.

"The truth is, I have not heard about the rematch, only that they are offering a very small purse. If they do not pay me what I'm asking, I will not fight. [They are offering] close to $500,000, but that fight is worth much more because three titles would be unified. I'm number one [pound-for-pound] in the world, and it's not worth fighting for such little money," Gonzalez said.

"[My team] is mentioning the possibility of going for a championship fight at 115 pounds. There are many opponents. There is also the possibility of fighting with Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco. We'll see what happens. It is a fact that I will defend my title in February. I would like to sincerely fight Estrada and want to get paid what we deserve."

"I would want $1.5 or 1 million [for Estrada]; if not, there won't be anything. Estrada is the one who is pushing to fight me. I already beat Estrada. I beat Viloria, an opponent who many said would be difficult and I battered him and stopped him, and Estrada could not."

Regarding a super-fight with Japan's Naoya Inoue, the champion of the 115-pounds under the World Boxing Organization, Gonzalez wants to face him but says he was told the boxer is possibly moving up after his next defense.

"He is a difficult opponent, but we'll see what happens, because from what I understand he will move up to 118 pounds," Gonzalez said.

And another fighter calling for Gonzalez is highly respect WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes, but Gonzalez doubts the Filipino veteran actually wants the fight.

"Donnie Nietes supposedly wants to fight me and unify titles, but when we were at 105-pounds and 108-pounds - I met him in Mexico to talk about [a possible fight] and he didn't want to. I honestly do not think he wants to [fight me]," Gonzalez said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by orlan on 11-01-2015

It's nice to hear that "chocolatito" is moving up to 118 lbs.It would be nice if "donaire" is moving down to 118 lbs.This is a very entertaining fight to see.

Comment by about.thousands on 10-31-2015

People killed LSC for saying he'd fight Rigo for $3 mil. LSC has proved he's a can sell out an arena and get good ratings. Roman has proven nothing on his own. His was just a part of a PPV…

Comment by chico malo loc on 10-31-2015

Nietes is a joke but wouldn't mind seeing him step up to fight choco and get his azz beat.

Comment by Build That Wall on 10-31-2015


Comment by Aztekkas on 10-31-2015

Hmmm.. Interesting. What if they place Roman on GGG's undercard one or two more times and then HBO picks up Estrada for a co feature on the undercard of Roman Gonzalez in 2016, that way they can gauge their drawing…

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