Roman Gonzalez invades the 115-pound division
By Hector Franco
It was announced earlier today that 3-division world champion, Roman Gonzalez (45-0 with 38 knockouts) will be moving up in weight. He will be moving to the 115-pound division to take on WBC champion, Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1 with 27 knockouts). After years of rumors of Gonzalez having trouble making the 112-pound weight limit, he has finally decided to make the move up in weight. Many fans may be a bit disappointed by Gonzalez’s decision to move up in weight. The move up means that a highly anticipated rematch with Juan Francisco Estrada has to be put on hold.
If Roman fights and beats Cuadras, he will have beaten as titleholders across more divisions as Ward and Kovalev COMBINED.— Cliff Rold (@RoldBoxing) July 1, 2016
Estrada has been rumored to be taking on WBO light Flyweight champion, Donnie Nietes next. Regardless, of some being disappointed with the Estrada fight not taking place, the fight with Carlos Cuadras is still one of the best fights that Gonzalez could have taken. Besides taking on Estrada, the only fight fans would have wanted to see more is a match up with Japanese phenomenon, Naoya Inoue.
Cuadras is undefeated and has made six successful defenses of his WBC title. His biggest victory came against, Luis Concepcion, in 2015. The Mexican also has a high percentage knockout rate and is in the prime of his career. Without question, this will be one of Gonzalez’s biggest tests in the ring. This is one of the best opponents that Gonzalez could have chosen for his first headlining show on HBO.
The fight will take place on September 10th on the same day as the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook Middleweight championship bout. It will take place at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The pressure will be on HBO and Gonzalez’s promoters,K2, to put on a great undercard to ensure that there is a good crowd at The Forum. While Gonzalez has more than held his part as the perfect co-headliner for Gennady Golovkin, it is still unclear how he will do headlining.
What’s not unclear is that this a great match up that could produce a fight of the year candidate. This is a chance for both men to put themselves at the forefront of the sport. The networks have ignored the lower weight classes and boxing fans for years. It is now time to show them what they have been missing.
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