Chocolatito v Gonzalez Preview 23/10/20 by @neilcoote

Boxing 'Cuecho' (Chocolatito v Gonzalez preview) Roman Gonzalez (49-2-0) v Israel Gonzalez (25-3-0) 23/10/20

When you supersede the achievements of the great Alexis Arguello as Nicuragua's first four weight world champion; then your face is destined to be immortalised in marble.

Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez harbours one of the finest championship records in history, and the little big man has already pre-booked his ticket to the international hall of fame.

Across the canvas from him stands his namesake, the Mexican Israel Gonazalez. He beat Sho Ishida last December in a competent showing and has twice challenged for a world title.

However it remains to be seen how a post covid setting will affect the young Mexican. They share South American heritage and a surname, however the pedigree belongs exclusively to Chocolatito.

Expect the Nicuraguan to use all his experience to take the lead from the start and exert his authority. Gonzalez is still showing signs of inexperience which will mail an early invite to Choclatito to spoil his party.

Hanging out his chin after combinations, and waiting too long for openings will need curing to preserve his future at the upper ends of this division.

The common link between them is former champion Khalid Yafai, who was soundly beaten by Choclatitio in nine rounds.

Roman demonstrated that he is the complete package before knocking out the Brit, capping off a peak performance whilst punching off the front and back foot. Yafai beat Israel Gonzalez via a wide decision which doesn't bode well for the brave 23 year old.

It is criminal that a living legend may be overlooked because of the scarcity of big money in the flyweight division. only having lost twice in 51 fights (both to his Thai bogeyman Wisaksil Wangek) is no embarrassment given the talent and career of the World Super flyweight champion.

When in motion, he is peerless.

I suspect that his experience will see 'Chocolatito' boss the former two time challenger as he attempts to re-light the path back to champion status once more. The startling variety of his skillset will outfox and frustrate Israel as he warms into this bout. His workrate and ring smarts should tease a mistake out of Gonzalez, allowing a mid-fight stoppage around the 7-9 round mark


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