Roman Gonzalez/Photo courtesy of BoxRec.com
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez of Nicaragua has won world titles at minimumweight, light flyweight and flyweight. He is arguably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He has one more goal, and he can attain that Saturday night when he challenges Carlos Cuadras of Mexico for his super flyweight title at the Fabulous Forum (on HBO).
A victory would give Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) a title in a fourth weight class, something his countryman – Alexis Arguello – was unable to do. Arguello won belts at featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight. But he was knocked out twice by Aaron Pryor, in 1982 and 1983, in efforts to win a super lightweight championship.
“I dedicate this fight to my mentor, Alexis Arguello,” Gonzalez said. “I know how badly he wanted a fourth divisional championship and I want to do it for him.”
Caudras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) wants to prevent that from happening. He understands it won’t be easy.
“He’s a very strong fighter,” Cuadras said. “Puts a lot of pressure, comes at you, throws a lot of punches.”