Chocolatito edges out Cuadras in action packed fight, wins 115 title
By Daniel Zaldivar
September 10, 2016
INGLEWOOD, CALIF. - Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez fought in probably the most difficult bout of his career to this point, as he gained his fourth divisional world title from Mexico's Carlos Cuadras on Saturday September 10, from The Fabulous Forum.
The atmosphere in the arena was electric the entire fight. A total of just under 7,000 passionate fans representing Nicaragua and Mexico filled the The Forum with excitement and noise as each of their respective fighters landed a shot. When Gonzalez, 29, would connect with a pivotal punch, Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) would essentially re-group and respond with a flurry of his own. However, the judges didn't see it Cuadras' way as scores of 117-11, 116-112 and 115-113 all were announced for Gonzalez.
Cuadras tasted defeat for the first time in his professional career, while Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) remained undefeated by achieving his fourth victory shy of his 50th. This was Gonzalez's first matchup in the super-flyweight division and he came straight to the top by taking the WBC title from Cuadras.
Fellow [WBO] world title holder Naoya Inoue was in attendance as he made the long trip from Japan to scout and hopefully land the winner. Cuadras, 28, sounded confident in that he will get a rematch and Gonzalez stated in the locker room after the bout that he'd be happy to give it to him. So Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs) will most likely have to wait a bit more as this Nicaragua vs Mexico battle still has something brewing.
KAMEGAI STOPS SOTO-KARASS IN REMATCH
In a rematch from earlier this year which ended in a draw, Yoshihiro Kamegai and Jesus Soto-Karass went to war once again, only this time Kamegai was able to stop Mexico's Soto-Karass right before the start of the ninth round in the co-feature.
It was as though it wasn't the beginning of round one, but the continuation of the first earlier this year. Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs) also made the trip from Japan and it ended up being a successful one. The 33-year-old Japanese fighter was able to connect with a right-hook that made Soto-Karass take a knee in the eighth, which signaled the end for the super-welterweight fighter. Referee Jack Reiss made his traditional rounds to the respective corners following the ending bell and Soto-Karass relayed that he did not want to continue -- giving Kamegai the TKO victory.
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(Feature photo: Chris Farina/K2 Promotions)