Gonzalez-Cuadras: Will Carlos Cuadras be Roman Gonzalez's Aaron Pryor?
By Hector Franco
September 8, 2016
Make no mistake the main event that will be taking place on Saturday night will not be in the U.K. It will be held in the United States at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The man considered by many to be the best fighter in the world, Roman Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) will move up in weight to take on WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs). This will be Gonzalez’s first attempt at winning a title in a fourth weight division. In fighting Cuadras, he is chasing history and looking to become the first 4-division world champion from Nicaragua.
The last time a world champion from Nicaragua attempted to win a title in a fourth weight class was in the 1980’s. The late Alexis Arguello (77-8,62 KOs) in 1982 moved up to the 140-pound division to try and win a world title. Arguello had won titles in the featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight divisions. He was one of the most popular and exciting fighters in the sport. His opponent in 1982 was fighting with a chip on his shoulder. The 140-pound champion at the time was Aaron Pryor (39-1, 35 KOs). Pryor had been used to playing second fiddle to some of the sports biggest stars. He defeated Thomas Hearns in the amateurs. He then lost his chance to join the boxing Olympic team in 1976 after losing a qualifying match to Howard Davis. Going into the match with Arguello, Pryor was determined to not let the past repeat itself.
Arguello and Pryor produced an absolute classic. It was one of the greatest fights in the history of boxing. Pryor ended up stopping Arguello in the 14th round. This ended Arguello's chance at winning a title in a fourth weight class. The rematch would be no different as Pryor again stopped Arguello in the 10th round. This is where Carlos Cuadras comes into the picture.
Although the U.K. has arguably taken over Mexico as the boxing hot spot for the moment, Mexico is still a huge market for boxing. Cuadras in this era has been somewhat of a forgotten commodity in the Mexican boxing scene. It’s understandable for him to play second tier to fighters like Canelo Alvarez but he is also behind fighters like Juan Francisco Estrada as well. Roman Gonzalez defeated Estrada back in 2012 by decision. Cuadras has made six defenses of his WBC title. Most notably against Luis Concepcion. He is unintimidated by the challenge in front of him in Gonzalez. Seeing all the press conferences leading up to the fight, Cuadras seems confident about having the ability to defeat Gonzalez.
Stylewise, Roman Gonzalez is a mix of both Pryor and Arguello. He throws in relentless volume like Pryor. Having been mentored by Arguello himself, Gonzalez has picked up the same technique in the delivery of his punches. In the same vein that Pryor had to bring out the absolute best of himself to defeat Arguello, Cuadras will have to do the same. Fans can expect a great fight on Saturday night in the Super Flyweight division. For Cuadras to win he will have to pull out a great performance reminiscent of years past. It may not end up being Arguello-Pryor but Gonzalez-Cuadras will certainly deliver.