It's been nearly five months since Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez last fought, but his return to the ring could be on the biggest boxing card of 2018.
Carlos Blandon, Gonzalez's manager, spoke with Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa and said the plan for Gonzalez is to make his much-anticipated return on the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin 2 pay-per-view card. The fight will take place on HBO pay-per-view on May 5, but no venue has been decided.
"Everyone involved are in agreement that Roman should return on the card. The Mexican community is very much motivated for that main event and [Roman] could fight a Mexican opponent, but as I've said, it all depends on where [Canelo vs. GGG 2] takes place. I want to clarify that nothing has been signed yet. For now, the important thing is that promoters and HBO haven't lost any interest in Roman," Blandon said.
There are currently three venues under consideration to host the Canelo vs. Golovkin rematch: Madison Square Garden in New York City, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Las Vegas and New York City are the two favorites and Gonzalez fought at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs last March.
Gonzalez lost his WBC super flyweight title to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on that March 2017 and lost the rematch against Sor Rungvisai on September 9, 2017 in the main event of HBO's first "Superfly" card. No undercard fight for Canelo vs. GGG 2 has been announced, but if Gonzalez makes his return on the May 5 superfight, he would likely be slotted into the co-main event spot, just like with the Golovkin vs. Jacobs fight.