Would Roman Gonzalez be able to keep on traveling back in time this end of the week against Julio Cesar Martinez, or is Chocolatito’s splendid profession moving toward its final stage? Luke G. Williams sees an intriguing super-flyweight confrontation.Significance is an abused term in boxing. Stringently talking, a word ought to be saved for really unique contenders and vocations, and applied maybe just a small bunch of times each ten or 20 years.On Saturday night a warrior genuinely meriting this epithet – for sure, maybe the main dynamic contender in boxing today who apparently deserves it – gets back to activity when Nicaraguan legend Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez takes on Julio Cesar ‘El Rey’ Martinez in San Diego a battle that has no world title connected to it at the same time, without a doubt, doesn’t require one.
The bare realities of Gonzalez’s sparkling and worthy vocation ought not require recounting in any case, sadly, regardless of his reliable splendor all through a heavenly 50-3 (41 KOs) professional CV extending back to 2005, ‘Chocolatito’ has remained fearlessly low profile, his profession everything except unnoticed past boxing’s specialty boundaries.A four-weight best on the planet who has come out on top for championships at strawweight, light flyweight, flyweight and super flyweight, Gonzalez has beaten a line of superior grade rivals, including Juan Francisco Estrada, Akira Yaegashi, Brian Viloria, McWilliams Arroyo and Carlos Cuadras.
Of his three losses two were disputable focuses inverts (against Estrada in a 2021 rematch, and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in a 2017 standoff) – accordingly his 2017 rematch with Srisaket, which he lost by fourth-round stoppage, remains as the sole inarguable misfortune on his striking CV.
The Srisaket rout was so pulverizing, and his ensuing physical issue issues so concerning, that over energetic tribute essayists hurried to discount Gonzalez. In any case, they figured without the Nicaraguan’s exceptional powers of recovery and determination.After battling just once each in 2018 and 2019 Chocolatito got back to world title activity in February 2020 when he confronted the then undefeated WBA ‘super’ super-flyweight titlist Kal Yafai. All things considered, given the brightness that Gonzalez showed that evening in destroying and afterward halting Yafai in nine uneven rounds, it appears to be staggering that the Briton entered the battle as the wagering top choice.
After a triumph against Israel Gonzalez in October 2020, Chocolatito got back to the ring against old adversary Estrada in March the year before. The two men invoked an exemplary session, named by quite a few people as Fight of the Year, and despite the fact that ‘El Gallo’ got approval by means of a split choice, many accepted Gonzalez ought to have had his hand raised.
An elastic match between the two men was facilitated, however Estrada tragically needed to pull out in the wake of experiencing the eventual outcomes of two crippling sessions with Covid-19.Commonplace of his hero’s mindset, Gonzalez felt free to when teak intense Mexican flyweight Julio Cesar ‘El Rey’ Martinez stepped in as Estrada’s substitution.
“They offered me a battle with ‘El Rey’ Martinez. I let them know it was no issue, I am prepared to battle,” Gonzalez told Boxing Scene as of late. “We have been in preparing for this [contest] with [El] Gallo and I didn’t need that to go to squander by trusting that the battle will be rescheduled.”A hard puncher with a savage and periodically wild streak, Martinez brings to the ring a noteworthy 18-1 record (in addition to two non challenges) and a champion’s attitude.
‘El Rey’ destroyed Andrew Selby in five in March 2019 and was well en route to making a comparative showing on Charlie Edwards a couple of months after the fact in a WBC flyweight world title challenge, just to carelessly club the Briton when he was down and see the session managed a no challenge.
In his next battle Martinez TKO’d Chocolatito’s countryman Cristofer Rosales to gather up the WBC belt Edwards along these lines emptied (that Edwards cleared the belt to move to 115lbs as opposed to taking a chance with one more task against the Mexican appears to be telling).
From that point forward, Martinez has guarded the WBC lash multiple times, remembering for a memorable no challenge against McWilliams Arroyo which kept going just two rounds, yet saw the two men hit the material. Prior to climbing to 115lbs to confront Gonzalez most rational adjudicators – the Boxing Social rankings panel included – evaluated Martinez as the best flyweight on the planet.
Those searching for omens of a Martinez triumph will highlight the way that new weeks have seen something of a top-down reorganizing in the super-flyweight division.Lineal hero Estrada is sidelined, while Carlos Cuadras – a previous WBC super-fly boss as well as a previous enemy of both Gonzalez and Estrada – was beaten by youthful weapon Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez for the empty WBC belt. (Cuadras had been because of face one more of his previous adversaries in Srisaket for that title, just for the Thai to pull out with sickness).