Chocolatito vs Cuadras II in March
December 14, 2016
By CJ Russell
If you missed the first fight between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras last September, definitely check it out. It was one of the best fights of the year between two of the most skilled boxers there are. Cuadras gave the P4P king Gonzalez a run for his money, but Gonzalez ultimately came away with a unanimous decision win. It was really close though, and a lot of people actually thought that Cuadras won the fight. They were both cut up big time by the end. With that victory, Gonzalez gained a world title in his fourth weight class (minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight, and now superflyweight).
After the fight, Cuadras said he wanted a rematch, saying “You took my baby away [his title] from me, Chocolatito. I have a huge thorn on my side and if we both want the rematch, let’s do it.” and Gonzalez expressed that he would be willing to grant it.
Now, it looks like that rematch is happening. According to the LA Times and BoxingScene, the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed that they would fight again in March. This has been previously rumored, and it looks like it’s now happening. The victor would be required to make a mandatory defense against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who holds the WBC silver belt.
I have always liked Chocolatito, and this just confirms my admiration for him. Giving Cuadras the opportunity to have a rematch when the last fight was so close is something that a lot of boxers (*cough*Andre Ward*cough*) aren’t willing to do. I would really like to see the winner take on 23 year old prodigy Naoya Inoue from Japan.