Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Gonzalez vacates title to move up
By Dan Rafael
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, one of the best fighters in the world, has his eye on winning a world title in a third weight division, which is why he formally renounced his alphabet junior flyweight title this week in order to pursue a flyweight belt.
Gonzalez, 26, of Nicaragua, is one of boxing’s heaviest hitters pound-for-pound and fought three times in 2013, winning all by knockout. But he did not defend his 108-pound world title in any of the bouts, instead fighting once as a bantamweight and twice as a flyweight in nontitle fights.
A protégé of the late Hall of Famer and countryman Alexis Arguello, Gonzalez won a strawweight world title in 2008 and made three defenses before moving up to junior flyweight, where he won a title and made five defenses, including a decision against Juan Francisco Estrada in 2012. In his next fight, Estrada moved up to flyweight and won two alphabet belts against Brian Viloria.
A rematch between Estrada and Gonzalez would make a lot of sense at flyweight, but Gonzalez does not yet have a fight planned.