Roman Gonzalez known to many as “Chocolatito” came into Saturday’s fight as one of the pound for pound best in boxing. Chocolatito has looked beatable in his most recent bouts and who would had ever thought Srisaket Sor Rungvisai would be the one to do it.I mean, how do you even say that name?
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai last two bouts before Chocolatito were against debutants. On paper he looked like a walk over compared to Roman Gonzalez. I guess that is why you never underestimate your opposition.
As for the fight? When the going gets tough, the tough get going. They fight will go down as or the contention with fight of the year for 2017. An underdog pulling off an upset and making it bloody for his foe, Gonzalez. The blood came from a clash of heads in round 3. Another head butt clash also took place in the sixth, which referee Steve Willis ruled intentional taking a point away from Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Although the blood was not a good look for Chocolatito, he fought back tough and had the better compubox numbers. Almost 2,000 punches were thrown between the two fighters in a brutal war that could’ve been fought in a phone booth.
Roman Gonzalez may had connected more landing 441 of 1,013 shots, but he lost the war. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai landed 284 of 940. Judge Waleska Roldan scored it even 113-113. The other two judges Julie Lederman and Glenn Feldman scored it 112-114 in favor of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai hands Chocolatito his first defeat and improves his own record to 42-4-1, 38KOs.