Chocolatito edges Cuadras to win another title
- Updated: September 11, 2016
A rowdy crowd of 6,714 at the Fabulous Forum in Los Angeles raged as Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, regarded as the best fighter in the game, defeated opponent Carlos Cuadras over twelve scintillating rounds that had the crowd on its feet and fighting each other at times in the stands during the HBO televised event which was a Nicaragua vs. Mexico affair.
The first frame was fought on even terms with both Gonzalez and Cuadras finding success. Gonzalez, (45-0) began to pull away in the second with on target shots and a left hook brought the pro-Gonzalez into a frenzy and had Cuadras on his heels.
In the third, the pair traded in the middle of the ring with Gonzalez continuing to show why he is rated the No. 1 fighter in the game. Cuadras, (35-1-1) tried to make a stand in the third, throwing multiple sets of combinations, yet Gonzalez went unfazed and kept up the attack.
Chants of Mexico urged on Cuadras in an exciting fifth frame, and both fighters had their moments with perhaps the Mexican getting the edge. Cuadras found more success in the next round and closed out the round with a flurry. It was more Cuadras in the seventh as Gonzalez started to fade a bit yet still land whatever he threw at Cuadras. Cuadras was busier but Gonzalez remained more accurate.
A huge left hook landed for Cuadras in round eight in a round both fighters showed slight signs of fatigue, and the ninth saw Gonzalez amp up his pressure even after getting caught with a shot while stepping outside. Both fighters landed to end the round and HBO cameras showed a cut above Cuadras’ right eye. A replay appeared to show the cut was from a shot from Gonzalez and not a head butt.
In the tenth Gonzalez’s right eye showed signs of swelling and the boxers began to let their hands go and stand toe to toe. By the end of the round HBO cameras showed Gonzalez with both eyes swelled.
In the eleventh Gonzalez let his hands go despite swelled eyes and Cuadras was forced back by Gonzalez’s attacks. The final three minutes of the bout was intense as the crowd chanted for both fighters with both Nicaragua and Mexico being voiced aloud. It was a war in the middle of the ring and both fighters landed bombs.
The end result was unanimous for Gonzalez at 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. With the win the No. 1 rated fighter in boxing gained a WBC title and recognition as his countries only four-division champion.
Yoshihiro Kamegai, (27-3-2, 24KO) was dominant in the onset of his match against Jesus Soto Karass in the nights semi-main event, shooting to the head with success and hurting Soto Karass in the first frame. The second was much of the same yet with Soto Karass finding a bit of success going to the body.
It was more success in the midway rounds for Kamegai, who loaded up with both hands with not much in return from the veteran from Mexico. Soto Karass pressed hard in the fifth and was able to push Kamegai back a bit, yet the Japanese fist thrower continued to dominate.
Soto Karass, (28-11-4, 18 KOs) made another push to start the seventh round yet Kamegai kept pressing and pushing back Soto Karass with volume punching. In the next round Kamegai dropped and eventually stopped Soto Karass near the end of round eight.