Sor Rungvisai Silences Naysayers in Knockout Victory of “Chocolatito” Gonzalez
September 10, 2017 Share

Sor Rungvisai Silences Naysayers in Knockout Victory of “Chocolatito” Gonzalez

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldana | Staff Writer

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CARSON, CALIFORNIA — This past Saturday night in front of an electric sold out crowd of 7,418 at the Stubhub Center, former four division World Champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO’s) stepped back into the ring for his much anticipated rematch with the WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, (44-4-1, 40 KO’s), of Srisaket, Thailand.

The first fight between these two last March had Sor Rungvisai walk away from that controversial bout as the new WBC Super Flyweight Champion. A bout many believed that Gonzalez had won. Saturday night, however, Sor Rungvisai proved that victory was no fluke.

From the onset it was Sor Rungvisai who looked dominate coming forward and landing at will without any regard of the power from “Chocolatito.” Sor Rungvisai used quick combinations and heavy power shots to neutralize the former champion Gonzalez. In the fourth, Sor Rungvisai landed a vicious counter shot that dropped Gonzalez. Gonzalez eventually rose to his feet, but just seconds later during a heated exchange, Sor Rungvisai landed a brutal right hook that ended the night for Gonzalez.

As Gonzalez hit the canvas for the second time, he appeared to be completely knocked out as referee Tom Taylor immediately waived off the bout giving Sor Rungvisai the TKO victory at the 1:18 mark of the fourth round. Gonzalez, who received medical attention in the ring for several minutes, was eventually taken to a local hospital to undergo precautionary examinations. After the fight Sor Rungvisai stated through a translator:

“I’ve always respected Chocolatito for being the best pound for pound fighter in the world, but tonight I proved I could beat the best. I won this fight in the gym I only trained 2 months for the first fight this time I had a full training camp. I was confident I would win. Inside of the ring we have to fight but outside of the ring we are friends, we are both boxers. I’d like to say I’m sorry because we are both athletes and I never want to see anyone get hurt.”

In the co-main event and making his U.S debut, WBO Super Flyweight Champion Naoya “The Monster” Inoue, (14-0, 12 KO’s) of Yokohama, Japan, defended his title against Antonio “Carita” Nieves, (17-2-2, 9 KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio. Inoue looked impressive from the start landing precise missile-like body shots from the opening bell. Inoue used his speed and power to walk down Nieves early and in the middle rounds used a solid jab to hurt Nieves several times.

Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Supreme Boxing

Then in the fifth, Inoue landed a devastating left to the body forcing Nieves to take a knee. Nieves, who had never been down in his career, eventually beat the count and made it through the round. In the sixth, Inoue continued the punishment forcing the team of Nieves to call a halt to the bout after the round giving “The Monster Inoue a sixth round TKO.

“This was my American debut, I successfully fought six rounds, and came away victorious,” stated Inoue after the fight. “I was pleasantly surprised by all the fans I had here tonight, it’s truly motivation for me to continue to improve.”

To kick off the televised portion of the “Superfly” card, Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (36-2, 25 KO’s) took on Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KO’s) in a WBC Super Flyweight title eliminator. From the opening bell, it was Cuadras who came out firing, throwing big four and five punch combinations as “Gallo” Estrada looked to land one hard counter punch at a time. Cuadras continued his aggressiveness throughout the early rounds as Estrada landed precise counters as both fighters went back and forth in a very entertaining fight.

Then in the fourth, it was Estrada who put his foot on the gas pedal and began to move forward landing several hard combinations on Cuadras as the crowd inside of the Stubhub Center roared in excitement with every vicious blow thrown. The middle rounds gave fight fans pure entertainment as the legendary Stubhub Center had once again created a magical matchup. In the tenth round during a hellacious exchange, Cuadras was caught with a huge over hand right that left him tasting the canvas. The crowd erupted as the cheers of “Gallo, Gallo” echoed through the outdoor stadium. The championship rounds didn’t change as both of these Mexican warriors gave their all in the ring in a fight that could possibly be a candidate for “Fight of the Year.”

Photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Supreme Boxing

After 12 action packed rounds of boxing, all three judges were in agreement with the scores of 114-113 for Estrada, but ring announcer Michael Buffer announced Cuadras as the winner. The crowd inside of the Stubhub Center erupted in boo’s and Michael Buffer reread the scorecards, announcing Estrada the winner. After the fight Estrada said:

“I’m very happy to come away with a great win over a great champion like Carlos Cuadras tonight. I hope all the fans enjoyed this war between two great Mexicans, and now I want Sor Rungvisai. I was really surprised when they announced the cards, I was confused, I dropped Cuadras and knew I won. Thankfully it was corrected. Now I’m confident I will beat Sor Rungvisai and I’m confident that will happen in my next fight.”

Also on the card stacked card was undefeated Southern California fan favorite Jr. Flyweight Seniesa Estrada (10-0, 2 KOs) of Los Angeles, California, as she took on Anahi Ramos Torres (16-15-1, 2 KO’s) of Texcoco, Mexico. Estrada started fast and utilized her solid jab and quick counters to control the pace early in the fight. In the fifth Estrada connected with a hard body shot followed by a big three punch combination. Estrada continued to apply heavy pressure throughout the final rounds and after eight rounds of action all three judges were in agreement with the scores of 80-72 giving Estrada the unanimous decision victory. With the victory Estrada moves to (11-0, 2 KO’s)

Other bouts include

  • Brian Viloria (38-5, 23 KO’s) vs Miguel Cartagena (15-4-1, 6 KO’s) Super Flyweights (8 Rounds) Result; Brian Viloria wins by 5th round TKO
  • Ruslan Madiyev (9-0, 4 KO’s) vs Abdiel Jose Ramirez (23-2-1, 21 KO’s) Lightweights (8 Rounds) Result; Ruslan Madiyev wins by unanimous decision and improves to (10-0, 4 KO’s)
  • George Acosta Arredondo (2-0, 1 KO) vs Derick Bartlemay (0-6-1) Jr. Welterweights (4 Rounds) Result; George Acosta Arredondo wins by unanimous decision and moves to (3-0, 1 KO)
  • Nick Freese (6-0, 5 KO’s) vs Nam Phan (3-3-1, 2 KO’s) Welterweights (4 Rounds) Result; Nick Freese wins by unanimous decision

(Feature photo: Cynthia Saldaña/Supreme Boxing)