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Chocolatito Returns to the Forum Focused on Arroyo


WBC flyweight champion and consensus number one pound for pound fighter in the world Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (44-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua returns to the ring Saturday night as he takes on McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KO’s) of Puerto Rico at the LA Forum in Inglewood, California live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

"I am back fighting at the Forum the same arena my idol Alexis Arguello won his first world title against Ruben Olivares for me its an honor, I cant describe it," Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez told Southern California Boxing.com

Gonzalez began camp in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua and relocated camp to Costa Rica with his longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando, co-trainer Wilmer Hernandez and father Luis Gonzalez where they completed their preparation.

"I feel good motivated and I am in really good condition and ready to give a great fight Saturday night," Chocolatito said.

His challenger Arroyo will be getting his second shot at a world title, after coming up just short against current IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng in September of 2014.

"McWilliams is a very good fighter. I have always said there is no weak opponent every fighter is equal I have prepared my self strong to give him a good fight," Gonzalez said. "Just because the opponent is not well known does not make him less. I train hard for every boxer," Chocolatito added.

Coming off a dominant stoppage over former world champion Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria, the Nicaraguan was impressive in his HBO Pay per view and Madison Square Garden debut last October. In his previous fight, he destroyed former world champion Edgar Sosa in two rounds in his debut at Forum as he sits atop the consensus pound for pound list.

"I have to train harder knowing I have to live up to the expectations as the best pound for pound fighter in the world," Chocolatito said. "Its a blessing to be their, I never thought I would be here but I have to work hard to be the best," Chocolatito added.

Chocolatito's dominance has shed light on the small divisions since the days of Chiquita Gonzalez and Michael Carbajal's rivalry as well as Mexico's Ricardo Lopez and Nicaragua's Rosendo Alvarez back in the 90's.

"It's a great to bring light on the tiny divisions once again. I really liked those fighters that brought light into those divisions. Ricardo Lopez, Chiquita Gonzalez, and Rosendo Alvarez they were great fighters I admired," Gonzalez said. "I liked Lopez's accuracy and technique, how he moved in the ring. Alvarez was a big puncher, and Chiquita had heart, he was brave, and laid it out on the line," Gonzalez added.

This will be the third time Chocolatito shares the stage with "GGG," as the co feature as last year saw Gonzalez make his HBO Boxing and Pay per view debuts fighting on a Golovkin's card. Gonzalez talked about his possibilities of headlining his card.

"I feel that if I win, after this fight I will get an opportunity to headline my own card," Chocolatito said.

There has been talk about Chocolatito fighting a rematch with current WBA and WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallito” Estrada. Gonzalez beat Estrada back in November of 2012 by a unanimous decision in what was a competitive bout. Since then Estrada has gone on a win streak winning the WBA & WBO titles.

"I have been champ at 105, 108, 112, I think I will have 2 more fights and then move up to 115," Chocolatito said.

Other potential showdowns down the line include a move up in weight to take on WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue or undefeated Mexican WBC world champion Carlos Cuadras

"The main thing is to come out on top Saturday and see where we go after that," Chocolatito said. "Everyone wants to see the Estrada and Inoue fight but they are not willing to pay up to have that fight," Chocolatito added.

Gonzalez vs Arroyo will be a scheduled 12 round championship fight for Chocolatito's WBC flyweight title co-headlining the Undefeated Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs Dominic Wade card as Chocolatito looks to make another statement.

"I am ready to put on a great show and may the best man win," Chocolatito said.

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