Roman Gonzalez faces Edgar Sosa this Saturday on HBO
(Photo credit: Hogan Photos) By Dan Ambrose: Unbeaten WBC flyweight champ Roman Gonzalez (42-0, 36 KOs) will be defending his 112 pound WBC title against 35-year-old former WBC light flyweight belt holder Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) this Saturday on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. fight on HBO Championship Boxing from the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Gonzalez, 27, will finally be getting some television coverage in the United States after having captured three division world titles in the past. Gonzalez is widely recognized as one of the best fighters in all of boxing.
Sosa should make it interesting for as long as this fight lasts, but he’s not expected to give Gonzalez, who goes by the nickname “Chocolatito,” any kind of a real test. The only guy that can really give Gonzalez a tough fight in the flyweight division is WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada, but that’s a fight that we likely won’t see get made for a while because Gonzalez already beat Estrada by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2012.
It was a fairly close fight, but it clear that Gonzalez was the better fighter of the two. Gonzalez is too good, and it’s doubtful that Estrada’s management will be willing to put that fight together at this time. Gonzalez will likely have to move up to the super flyweight division before he can get a test against WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue, or move up to bantamweight to face WBA champion Jamie McDonnell.
“He [Sosa] is coming to this fight, like he says he is in great shape and ready but I am ready. This will be a tough fight with Sosa but I expect to come out with my arm raised,” Gonzalez said via Fightnews.com. “We know after this fight there are bigger things to come.”
Gonzalez has knocked out his last eight opponents. In his last four fights, he’s beaten Valentin Leon, Rocky Fuentes, Akira Yaegashi, and Juan Purisima.
Sosa held the WBC light flyweight title from 2007 to 2009. He was blown out in 2 rounds by the hard hitting Rodel Mayol in 2009. Since that fight, Sosa has won 14 of 16 fights. He was beaten by Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in a 12 round decision loss in 2011, and then by Akira Yaegashi in losing by a 12 round unanimous decision two years ago in 2013.
Gonzalez will likely be too good for Sosa on Saturday. Sosa has a good chin, but it’s difficult to imagine him being able to go the full 12 round distance with a fighter as powerful and talented as Gonzalez.
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