More Chocolatito, please

By Ted Sares on May 16, 2015
More Chocolatito, please
He has mostly fought in Nicaragua, but is no longer a “best-kept secret.” (Naoki Fukuda)

These little fighters, along with the tsunami of Eastern European boxers, are providing a strong foundation for boxing’s resurgence…

“I’m honored to fight at the Forum where my idol (and mentor) Alexis Arguello fought four times…I believe this fight will steal the night.”—Román González

“I don’t expect any setbacks. I have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”—Edgar Sosa

“Román González is one of the brightest lights in boxing…Those who know the cognizant of boxing, hardcore fans, members of the press, have great awareness to the spectacular fights that he’s been in as well as the fight he’s in next week that augurs to be a tremendous all-action fight with Edgar.”— Peter Nelson, HBO Vice-President of Programming

“The division is rich, and obviously there’s one burgeoning, rising star at 115 pounds (Naoya Inoue) and obviously there’s going to start to be an appetite to see those two comets collide.”—Nelson

Román “Chocolatito” González, who has mostly fought in Nicaragua, Japan and Mexico, is no longer a “best-kept secret” as tonight he fought on HBO’s big platform and mainstream American boxing fans got a long-awaited (though short)  look. And even though the fight lasted less than two rounds, it was more than worth the wait as Chocolatito may well have stolen the show from none other than Gennady Golovkin.

In the precise manner of the great Ricardo “El Finito” López, Chocolatito (43-0) combined his devastating power with picture-perfect technical skills as he throttled Sosa with a carefully engineered plan of destruction beginning midway in the first round. He then blew away the ex-champion (now 51-9) in the second round with three crunching knockdowns. The first came as a result of a right cross. The second resulted from a left hook. And the third and final knockdown came at the end of a savage, albeit precise volley of heavy-handed blows that had the crowd up and roaring. He was everything hardcore fans expected and more as he landed 59% of his power shots. Chocolatito, a great sportsman, added to his aura by making sure Sosa was okay as soon as the stoppage occurred.

As an all-around fighter, Román has few peers though two other fighters—Golovkin and Naoya Inoue come to mind. González fights in a fan-friendly manner and has an extremely high ring IQ. RING magazine has González rated number three in its pound-for-pound list; I have him at number two and climbing all over the back of the “TBE.”

In the ultra-talented flyweight division, González rules the roost ahead of such notables as Juan Francisco Estrada, streaking Thai Amnat Ruenroeng, the always tough Brian Viloria, Edgar Sosa (who probably will now retire), the exciting Japanese fighter Kazuto Ioka who just beat Argentinean Juan Carlos Reveco in Osaka, Moruti Mthalane of South Africa, rugged Giovani Segura, and Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo who recently lost a split decision to Ruenroeng in Thailand. Aside from Chocolatito, any of these fighters can beat the other on any given night. In some respects, these little fighters, along with the tsunami of Eastern European boxers, are providing a strong foundation for boxing’s resurgence.

Says Peter Nelson of HBO:

“There is still plenty of richness in the flyweight division itself…We’ve seen fighters at that weight reinvent themselves with greater regularity than fighters at heavier weights. We’ve seen that in iterations of careers, whether we see the great fights with [Juan] Estrada; Brian Viloria is constantly a threat. Fighters like this can always make good, quality fights with a fighter like Román González, who always comes to fight. He’s an all-action kind of fighter. So there’s a great profound richness to the division. It also augurs well for what else is there for him if he decides to move up in the coming years.”

González, a three-division titlist, is looking better and better in each new weight class he enters and is bringing his debilitating power with him. Down the road, one possible showdown is a González-Estrada rematch but should González make the move to 115, there is a mega fight waiting for him and the fans in Naoye Inoue.

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  1. Kid Blast 06:50pm, 05/24/2015

    Alex has the beat

  2. Alex 08:44am, 05/24/2015

    It seems like Chocolatito can do it all in the ring. He reminds me of the great   Julio Cesar Chavez when he was in his prime. He also seems like a very nice guy outside the ring. Boxing needs champions like him.

  3. Kid Blast 06:14am, 05/20/2015

    Bienvenue, Tex and I totally agree

  4. Tex Hassler 07:53pm, 05/19/2015

    Some of the world’s greatest fighters are in the lighter divisions.  They are some of the most over looked as well. Thanks for bringing attention to one of them Dr. Sares.

  5. John aka L.L. Cool John 07:39pm, 05/18/2015

    It was a KO, Ted.

  6. Chris 06:10pm, 05/18/2015

    Excellent fighter! He’s the real deal!

  7. Kid Blast 04:35pm, 05/18/2015

    He has that same precision as Finito. He is very special.

    BTW, how did your date turn out?

  8. John aka L.L. Cool John 04:30pm, 05/18/2015

    Had I known there would so much hoopla re Chocolatito, I would have stayed home from my date and watched him on HBO. To mention him in the same breath as Ricardo Lopez is quite an accomplishment.
    Nice piece, Ted.

  9. Dollarbond 07:30am, 05/18/2015

    I watched this per your suggestion.  Very impressive.  Thank you.

  10. Kid Blast 05:11pm, 05/17/2015

    Koolz. I agree. The Japanese would stand a very good chance, but I doubt if he would fight outside of Japan. And forget about Managua. It they could make it a co-event in Vegas, it would be mega special.

  11. Koolz 03:15pm, 05/17/2015

    Kid Blast I don’t see Gonzalez being immune to Inoue.  I see it being quite the battle.  I would love for it to happen in the states…but I wonder…if Gonzalez would have to travel to Japan to fight him.
    Well either way that is the biggest fight in Asia when it happens!

  12. Kid Blast 12:44pm, 05/17/2015

    Koolz, maybe. Lot depends on where they fight

  13. Matt Mosley 12:11pm, 05/17/2015

    Koolz - If anyone beats RG I think it would be on points not by stoppage, especially not by a fighter with an 8-0 record.
    Having said that, RG is rightfully being sensible about putting that fight on the backburner, imo, as he would be the smaller man moving up.
    Gonzalez has said today that he wants to clean out the flyweight division first before moving up to face Inoue.

  14. Swans 11:52am, 05/17/2015

    I have been saying it or a while now, since Roman’s Destruction of the brave Flyweight Champ Yaegashi; in what I thought was also the real fight of the year, because of Yaegashi refusal to be chased about the ring and his desire to go out on his shield, To which Roman Obliged the Zamurai in the ninth:  Roman is an oldschool fighter who stays busy, always improving, reaching new heights, the way he moves his feet and body seem more like a dance as his arm and fists seem to be an extension of the positioning of latter; keeping his chin low, gloves up, always on top of the opponent, slippin, dodging rolling with punches a combination mixture that will remind you of many oldschool greats!  hmm wait, I forget what my initial point was; seems i was punch drunk typing again.

  15. Koolz 11:38am, 05/17/2015

    Only the Japanese fighter will stop Gonzalez in an all out War!

  16. Kid Blast 11:24am, 05/17/2015

    Matt, you said it better than I ever could. His interviewing style is simply atrocious and always has been and he has made no adjustments to improve it.

    So sad.

  17. Matt Mosley 11:16am, 05/17/2015

    Ted, RE: Max Kellerman. I really can’t stand the guy.
    Thankfully we don’t have to listen to his commentary over here but we do get to see the post fight interviews. They make me want to puke usually.
    I think he often talks to the fighters disrespectfully a la Merchant.
    I get the impression quite a few fighters don’t care for him much by how they reply to him.
    He’s an arrogant ass who thinks the spotlight is as much about him as it is the fighter.
    You’re just a nerd, Max. Someone who follows boxing closely and offers their opinion.
    Since when did these guys become so important?
    Probably only in their own minds.

  18. Kid Blast 11:00am, 05/17/2015

    Matt is spot on. This is a guy who could compete and win in any era of boxing.

  19. Matt Mosley 09:29am, 05/17/2015

    Nicolas - No way did Estrada have a shout at winning the fight with Gonzalez.
    He was competitive but Gonzalez clearly won. You should go watch the fight and I think you would agree. It’s on youtube.
    The rematch could be closer as Estrada is young and improving all the time, but then RG is still improving too as he moves up.
    I don’t see anyone beating RG anytime soon.

  20. Matt Mosley 09:26am, 05/17/2015

    I’m a big fan of RG.
    Ted covered all I have to say about him in the article.
    Can’t wait to see the Estrada rematch and Inoue, hopefully.

  21. Marty 09:13am, 05/17/2015


  22. Kid Blast 08:28am, 05/17/2015

    Estrada lost that fight for certain. Only Stevie Wonder disagreed, I have reviewed every YouTube fight available on Roman and he has improved with each fight. Sosa was the sacificial lamb for his coming out party. By the way, am I the one who has detected Max virtually screaming into the Mike with over-the-top drooling on GGG and his “I told you so” take on Gonzalez? I put it on mute last night for the first time in years and I skipped his terrible interviews. I can’t stand people who talk down to me as if I were a fan boy.

  23. nicolas 07:58am, 05/17/2015

    From what I saw in the second round, and I only saw that round on YT, it appeared to me that Mr. Sosa wanted to be any where else but that ring. Also let us not forget that Sosa lost a unanimous decision to Yaegahshi, the man Gonzalez easily defeated when he went to Japan to fight for the flyweight title. Sosa at 35 was probably past his best years, which might have been some eight years ago. This is not to say that Gonzalez at is best would not have beaten Sosa at any given time, very well he might be the greatest flyweight champ in quite some time. I believe the fight that has to be made is with Estrada. I have never seen there previous fight, but Estrada from what I understand gave him the most difficult fight Gonzalez has ever had, with I believe a minority view that Estrada might have actually deserved the decision. I don’t know if a fight with Inoue would be possible. Unless it can be made in the USA with them giving Inoue some millions. In Japan, I don’t think that they would want that fight to happen unless they thought Inoue would win, as a loss might damage his future box office appeal.

  24. Kid Blast 06:52am, 05/17/2015

    Swans has the beat

  25. Kid Blast 06:50am, 05/17/2015

    I think you just might be right, Ted. Very scary.

  26. Ted Spoon 06:17am, 05/17/2015

    Cutting off the ring, positioning, defence on the front foot, pin-point combinations, varied shot selection. Everything serves a purpose. More efficient than Golovkin - a scary truth.

  27. Swans 12:24am, 05/17/2015

    I’ve got Roman number 1 P4P right now and Rigo at 2- If they were the same size as Floyd and or Floyd their size- I see both these guys beating Money.  Floyd is clearly past his Prime. These two are at the Elite top of the Food chain. Fighters who are still in their Prime.

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