The End of Chocolatito

By Robert Ecksel on September 9, 2017
The End of Chocolatito
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was a perfect fighter fighting the perfect fight. (Ed Mulholland/HBO)

They both landed at 22%, but the similarities ended there. Sor Rungvisai’s punches landed more often. They also did more damage…

Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, reigning and defending WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KOs), the hard-hitting southpaw from Si Sa Ket, Thailand, flattened Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), the former four-division champion from Managua, Nicaragua, at 1:18 of the fourth round, in what may be his final fight.

It was their second meeting. They fought six months ago in New York City. The Thai was unheralded, plucked from obscurity to burnish a legend in front of a big audience. Sor Rungvisai won the first fight, a bloodbath at Madison Square Garden that was nip and tuck and hammer and tong for 12 gory rounds, but it was close. The judges gave it to Sor Rungvisai by razor-thin majority decision, a controversial verdict which led to the redo.

The rematch by contrast was definitive. Chocolatito ate punches to the head and body without a plan or clue how to stop them. The end came not suddenly but expectedly, like a heavy dark curtain dropping with a thud, and a great champion who touched the sky lies flat on his back staring at the ring lights.

Sor Rungvisai could not miss. He was a perfect fighter fighting the perfect fight. The knockout felt inevitable, a familiar fate for former champions, but it was no less sad to see.

Having successfully defended his title for the first time, knocking out of a surefire Hall of Famer in the process, has raised Sor Rungvisai’s profile and deservedly so.

“I trained very hard for four months,” he said. “I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. For this fight I trained for four months. I knew I was going to knock him out.” 

Knock him out he did. Chocolito went out on his shield. If or when he decides to fight again, I’ll watch with reluctance.

According to CompuBox, Sor Rungvisai landed 80 of 291 total punches to Gonzalez’s 58 of 212. They both landed at 22%, but the similarities ended there. Sor Rungvisai’s punches landed more often. They also did more damage.

All 80 of his landed punches were power shots.

“We were both trading punches,” said Gonzalez, “but his were harder, and they landed harder.”

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  1. Timothy Agoglia Carey 05:46pm, 09/10/2017

    Not to worry….Chocolito will drop down to Flyweight and he will definitely be back! Take nothing away from Rungvisai but he had at least a ten pound pull of solid muscle on Roman!

  2. Koolz 12:03pm, 09/10/2017

    Benavidez vs Gavrill

  3. Timothy Agoglia Carey 11:47am, 09/10/2017

    Jacobs drafting off of his 15 pound pull showing with GGG! Fight someone dammit!... preferably in your weight class which is clearly not 160!

  4. Timothy Agoglia Carey 11:40am, 09/10/2017

    Joey Abell KOs Zimnoch with a right hook too!

  5. Koolz 11:34am, 09/10/2017

    Estrada vs Cuadras

    Truly an amazing Card!

  6. Koolz 11:24am, 09/10/2017

    Inoue didn’t even try.
    Inoue vs Nieves

  7. Koolz 11:00am, 09/10/2017

    I am in boxing Heaven!  Gonzalez vs Rungvisa

  8. Timothy Agoglia Carey 09:19am, 09/10/2017

    Not just the most devastating punch on the night but the most powerful….period! Then you have the Monster who couldn’t dent Nieves upstairs! C’mon Buffer you only had the one job to do!

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