Fightful Boxing Newsletter (9/13) Table Of Contents:
Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin Preview Part 1: Roman Gonzalez vs. Moises Fuentes
There is perhaps no bigger name in boxing’s lower weight classes in the past 10 years than Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, but in the past 18 months, he has all but dropped off the face of the sport. A controversial loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in March 2017 cost Gonzalez his WBC super flyweight title and then he got brutally knocked out in the rematch one year ago on the first “SuperFly” card.
Gonzalez was supposed to fight on the May 5 HBO telecast headlined by Gennady Golovkin vs. Vanes Martirosyan, but due to visa issues, he was unable to fly out of Nicaragua and fight in the United States, meaning his return fight would take a while longer.
Since then, Gonzalez has been completely out of the super flyweight picture where not many even consider him a contender. Gonzalez is back to square one and will now have to work his way back up and start getting confidence and it all starts with this fight against Moises Fuentes. The intrigue in this fight is not whether or not Gonzalez can win (he’s a big favorite to win if he is coming off two straight losses with the last one being a year ago), but whether or not Gonzalez can shake off the knockout loss to Sor Rungvisai and turn back the clock against a solid opponent in Fuentes. What certainly doesn’t help in Gonzalez’s favor is the ring rust since the longest Gonzalez has ever gone without fighting. It shouldn’t factor in too much, but it is something to watch out.
Although many had heard of Fuentes, he certainly sports one of the more impressive resumes in the lower weight classes of the sport. Fuentes previously held a world title at 105 pounds and has faced numerous top boxers, including Daigo Higa, Kosei Tanaka and Donnie Nietes.
A win for Gonzalez would almost surely guarantee him a title shot within the next 6-9 months, likely against WBA super flyweight champion Kal Yafai. Yafai may have another title defense, possibly against undefeated Australian contender Andrew Moloney before the end of the year, but after that, Gonzalez will likely be the first in line to challenge for the title in 2019, if it were up to Yafai, who has been lobbying for a fight against Gonzalez for well over a year.
Tale of the Tape:
Record: 46-2 (38 KO)
Titles Won: WBA Minimumweight, WBA Light Flyweight, WBC Flyweight, WBC Super Flyweight World Titles
Notable Opponents: Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Carlos Cuadras, McWilliams Arroyo, Brian Viloria, Akira Yaegashi, Juan Francisco Estrada, Yutaka Niida, Manuel Vargas
Record: 25-5-1 (14 KO)
Titles Won: WBO Minimumweight World Title
Notable Opponents: Daigo Higa, Kosei Tanaka, Donnie Nietes, Ivan Calderon, Raul Garcia
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