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Roman Gonzalez Stamps P4P Status, Stops Viloria

By Thomas Gerbasi

New York City fans knew they were going to see something special in the form of Roman Gonzalez Saturday night, and they responded as such to the WBC flyweight champion as he was introduced to the packed Madison Square Garden crowd. “Chocolatito” didn't disappoint them either, as he defeated former world champion Brian Viloria via ninth-round TKO, continuing the new pound-for-pound king's string of master classes.

The victory, which improved the Managua native's record to 44-0 with 38 KOs, was his third successful flyweight title defense and 10th straight knockout dating back to 2013.

Viloria (36-5, 22 KOs) shot out of his corner at the bell with an overhand right, and he kept the pressure on throughout the round until a late flurry of shots by Gonzalez reminded the challenger just who he was facing on this night.

And that's the dilemma anyone has to deal with against “Chocolatito,” because as well as Viloria was pressing the action into round two, every punch thrown by the three-division champion was designed to land and they did just that, whenever and wherever he wanted them to.

In the third, one of those short right hands delivered a knockdown, and while Viloria rose quickly and jumped right back into the fray, Gonzalez smelled blood, and he began to unload with vicious intent. In the final 30 seconds, Gonzalez looked like he was about to get his next knockout, but Viloria survived.

Rounds four through six were fought mainly at close range, with Viloria showing his warrior spirit but simply getting outgunned by Gonzalez, who was seemingly ripping off three shots to every one thrown by the Hawaiian.

By round seven, it appeared to be a question of when Gonzalez would get the finish, not if, as he drilled Viloria with several flush shots at a clip throughout the next two rounds. Viloria refused to wilt under the pressure, but his chances of landing an equalizer were dwindling with each punch he took.

Before round nine, Viloria got a visit from the ringside physician but was given the greenlight to continue, and despite throwing several hard blows to the body, he wasn't slowing the Nicaraguan down in the slightest, with a barrage of shots in the closing seconds of the frame prompting referee Benjy Esteves to halt the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 2:53 of round nine.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Divine Hammer on 10-18-2015

gonzalez shows why he is ATG. the power, combinations, defense, etc. is ATG. but i would have him #2 p4p under wlad. wlad deserves #1 more. i give props to viloria. i expected him to completely be KO'ed cold unconscious…

Comment by daggum on 10-18-2015

gonzalez and ggg are ruining boxing. i long for the days of dominant clinchers like wlad and ward. thats real skill.

Comment by IR0NFIST on 10-18-2015

This was the best shape I've ever seen Viloria in and he looked supremely confident leading up to the fight, but it was apparent that Gonzalez is just on a whole nother level. Much respect to Viloria for coming to…

Comment by larryxxx.. on 10-18-2015

Nice win.........

Comment by crold1 on 10-18-2015

[QUOTE=KillerJones;16145654]the ppl yesterday were acting like its a 50 50 fight. and that it was silly to think roman would destroy viiloria they were all like do you follow boxing? LOL but yea, that is a bit too much. Still,…

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