In what is great news for fight fans, it looks extremely likely super-flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will meet Roman Gonzalez, the man he dethroned in a big upset in March, in a return bout this September 9. According to Tom Loeffler, who spoke with RingTV.com, the venue is still to be confirmed but Sep 9 is the likely date.
In what is great news for fight fans, the WBC has ordered their newly crowned super-flyweight champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai to make an immediate defence against Roman Gonzalez, the man he upset to take the belt in a terrific action fight on March 18.
Arguably The Fight Of The Year thus far in 2017, the 12 rounder was crammed full of action, blood and guts and sheer drama. Gonzalez as we know was 46-0 upon entering the fight, but the tough (and rough, even dirty, with his head mostly) Thai fighter who was a whopping great underdog, dropped “Chocolatito” early on and got the better of a number of the furious exchanges.
This past Saturday night, March 18 at The Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden, in front of a packed house of 19,939 boxing fans and millions watching worldwide, GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN improved to 37-0 with 33 knockouts with a superb performance in a 12-round unanimous decision victory (115-112, 115-112 and 114-113) over #1 ranked mandatory challenger DANIEL “THE MIRACLE MAN” JACOBS (32-2, 29 KO’s).
Juan E. (Houston, TX): Roman Gonzalez was my top P4P fighter coming into the fight, and regardless of his loss, I still have him there. What were your thoughts on his performance and the decision?
Vito W.: Similar to my thoughts on Golovkin, I disagree with Chocolatito being the top P4P fighter in the sport, and pretty much for identical reasons. I think the whole ‘mythical’ element of the P4P discussion is very watered down, as it only takes into account star power and excitability, not skills. I’ve always viewed the P4P mantle as one to be given to the talent which is the purist, and best talent fundamentally overall. Not just offense and excitability; but defense and adaptation. Judging by the mythical element (excitability, etc), guys like Golovkin and Gonzalez belong on top. But my issue with that sentiment is this: what separates them from the young Margarito’s and Felix Trinidad’s of the world? Those two fighters, as well as Golovkin and Gonzalez would all struggle against deft talents with pure skills to make them miss and make them pay.
Unlike the Gennady Golovkin-Danny Jacobs main event, the super-flyweight clash between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Roman Gonzalez was an absolute classic. Also a huge upset – one that saw “Chocolatito” lose his unbeaten record and with it a chance of breaking the immortal Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 ledger – the chief supporting fight had everything.
Blood (lots of it!) a shocking knockdown, ferocious back and forth trading and plenty of heart and raw courage. This one was special and both men covered themselves in glory. It was desperately close and the 12 round decision that went the underdog’s way could easily have gone to Gonzalez or been scored a draw. The fight was so close, and so good, a return is a natural.
Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0, 33 KOs) beat a very defensive-minded Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (32-2, 29 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision tonight to retrain his titles in front of a large crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York. You can argue that the fight failed to live up to the expectations of the boxing fans, as there wasn’t much action to speak of.
Consensus #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Flyweight Champion ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ, (46-0-0, 38 KO’s), fighting out of Managua, Nicaragua, will defend his title against Mandatory Challenger SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI (41-4-1, (38 KO’s) of Si Sa Ket, Thailand, on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at “The Mecca of Boxing”, Madison Square Garden.