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Chocolatito Looking to Add 4th World Title in 4 Divisions
Number 1 pound for pound fighter in the world WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) of Nicaragua is set for his next challenge as he will take on undefeated WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) of Mexico City Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles live on HBO World Championship Boxing. We spoke to Chocolatito as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Cuadras.
"I want to thank god, my team, Teiken Promotions, HBO and Cuadras for this opportunity. We are both undefeated and champions but coming into this fight I am the challenger looking to get that title," Chocolatito told Fightnews.com
Starting off his camp in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua “Chocolatito” resumed his preparation for the Mexican Cuadras in Los Angeles with his trainer as he prepares to make the jump to the super flyweight division.
"The preparation was good, it was solid now I am just waiting for Saturday to come it will be a great fight," Chocolatito said. "I am good with the weight, I feel strong, there was no trouble making weight you will see on fight night,"
Chocolatito comes into this fight as the challenger as he will be moving up in weight to face Cuadras. In his last fight he defeated McWilliams Arroyo to win a hard fought unanimous decision at the Forum this past April.
"It's good to be fighting in this arena again the last time I fought here against Arroyo I came out victorious. It was a joy to have all my people supporting me," Chocolatito said.
His opponent Cuadras is coming off a decision win over Richie Mepranum, as Cuadras successfully defended his WBC title he won over Wisalsik Wangek in 2014. Since winning the title Cuadras has defended his title six times setting the stafe for the showdown with Chocolatito.
"His style his hit and run he moves well around the ring but running around the ring does not win you fights. A fighter wins by pressuring and landing punches but I plan on doing my job,"
Last year “Chocolatito” made his HBO debut at the Forum with a stoppage over former world champion Edgar Sosa and made his HBO Pay per view debut scoring an impressive TKO over former world champion Brian Viloria at New York’s Madison Square Garden last October. His last fight against McWilliams Arroyo was also televised by HBO with all three of his last fight serving as the co-headliner to undefeated Kazakh superstar Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. Now Gonzalez will headline his own HBO card at the Forum, the very same arena his idol and mentor Alexis Arguello won his first world title.
"I feel happy that I am alone now headlining a card on HBO without Golovkin. The last 3 fights on HBO I have shared with Golovkin but now I am the main event," Chocolatito said.
Having won and captured three world titles in three weight classes “Chocolatito” looks to add a fourth world title in four weight classes. He won his first world title in 2008 with a TKO over Yutaka Niida winning the WBA minimum weight title. Three years later in 2011 won the WBA light flyweyight title with a decision over Manuel Vargas and defeated Akira Yaegashi for WBC flyweight title in 2014.
"It would be a joy for me and my family to make history. I feel motivated to bring back another title for my country and my people who will be watching this fight back home," Chocolatito said.
Gonzalez’s presence has brought back light to the small divisions as there are fighters lining themselves up for the “Chocolatito” sweepstakes. Potential fights include a rematch with WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallito” Estrada and Japan’s WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue.
"Right now my focus is Cuadras but if god willing everything goes well, I am open to any challenges," Chcolatito said.
Cuadras vs. Gonzalez will be a scheduled 12 round championship bout for Cuadras’s WBC super flyweight title. In what will be a fight between two undefeated little champions reviving the glory days at the Forum between “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Michael Carbajal.
"You will see a Chocolatito in tremendous shape ready to fight 15-20 rounds. I will do what I always do, that's to come fight and be victorious,"
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