GLENDALE, Calif. — Roman Gonzalez is formally on the comeback path.
The former pound-for-pound king is as soon as once more pairing up with Gennady Golovkin for HBO’s doubleheader on May 5 in Carson, California, at StubHub Center. Chocolatito will face former titleholder Pedro Guevara in a 10-round combat at 115 kilos, Gonzalez’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, advised THE RING on Monday.
“It’s not an easy fight,” stated Loeffler, who was at Glendale Fighting Club to promote the middleweight title combat between GGG and Vanes Martirosyan. “Lots of people wished to see him come again in a simple combat, however he wished to combat on HBO, and he realizes to be on HBO, he’s gotta combat somebody who’s credible.
“Just because Chocolatito lost to Srisaket [Sor Rungvisai] doesn’t mean that he couldn’t beat everybody else in the division.”
Gonzalez is trying to lengthen his profession, one that can undoubtedly lead him to the corridor of fame. He gained titles in 4 weight lessons and did so in dominant style. His outstanding success led him to HBO and ushered in an period the place 112-pound fighters had been routinely featured on the community.
Gonzalez (46-2, 38 knockouts) was lengthy acknowledged as the most effective fighter within the sport no matter weight, however then he misplaced in consecutive outings to Sor Rungvisai final 12 months. The Nicaraguan dropped a debated resolution — and his 115-pound title — within the first bout, however in September, he was left in tatters after a devastating fourth-round knockout.
At 30 years outdated, in a division the place fighters age extra rapidly, it’s unclear simply how a lot Gonzalez has left to give. But he’s prepared to show his time at prime isn’t executed but, starting with the bout against Guevara.
The 28-year-old Mexican traveled to Japan in October to problem Ken Shiro for a 112-pound title, however he was turned again through majority resolution. Now, Guevara (30-Three-1, 17 KOs) will transfer up three kilos for a life-changing alternative.
“If he can beat Chocolatito on HBO, you see what happened to Srisaket [Sor Rungvisai],” Loeffler stated. “He can launch his career that way.”
It’s Guevara’s HBO debut, nevertheless it’s Gonzalez everybody will probably be centered on. This would be the fifth time Gonzalez fights on HBO programming alongside Golovkin, as soon as — and maybe once more — a formidable TV duo.
Time waits for no man, however Gonzalez’s legion of followers hope he has sufficient left for yet another trip.
Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger
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