Roman Gonzalez vs. Brian Viloria: Will Chocolatito make us forget the shoulder roll?
By Gerardo Granados: It is possible that the reader hasn’t seen him fight yet, maybe some pay little interest to fighters who campaign below the welterweight division, perhaps the lower weight divisions aren’t in the spotlight as they should be and the CEO´s of the TV Networks know very little about what true fight fans like.
I think that we can agree that once you see how a talented boxer performs inside the ring you´ll know his real potential based on his boxing skills and not just on his magnetic personality; in Chocolatito´s case he is an intriguing character who at the same time will give blessing to the Lord God and also to his opponent but will not hesitate to destroy him.
If you ask me who Roman Gonzalez is I would answer that he is a great boxer with great defensive skills who actually fights. The thing with Chocolatito is that he might be a pleasure to watch for both the boxing purist and hardcore fight fans. He is at the same time relentless, merciless with a natural killer instinct while showing elite level boxing skills.
For those who don’t know him yet get acquainted with him.
Roman Gonzalez stands only 5´3” tall and 63” reach but don’t let this statistical fact mislead you because he is a true giant inside the ring, he possess a superb exquisite boxing technique, not like a heavyweight belt holder who often lack of fundamentals, Roman really has mastered his craft to the elite level.
Currently he is the WBC flyweight Champion of the World, also former WBA light fly and minimum weight champ. Owns a record of W43(37)-L0-D0, a title fight record of W12(8)-L0-D0 and his notable victories include the names of: Yutaka Niida (former WBA minimumweight), Katsunari Takayama (WBC-IFB-WBO minimumweight), Ramon Garcia Hirales (WBO light fly), Juan Francisco Estrada (WBA-WBO fly), Francisco Rodriguez Jr (WBO-IBF minimumweight), Akira Yaegashi (WBA minimum and WBC fly) and Edgar Sosa (WBC light fly).
Please notice his footwork and the way he set up his punches, also how he stays at fighting range being defensible effective without the need to constantly clinch or shut off the round running or staying inactive.
The challenger Hawaiian Punch Brian Viloria isn’t a tailor made opponent picked to make Chocolatito look good, he is a real contender, former WBC-IBF light fly and WBO-WBA flyweight champion Viloria might be the underdog against Gonzalez, but he is a live underdog and cannot be counted out before the final bell.
If the reader is a genuine fight fan then you better not miss the opportunity to see the Gonzalez vs Viloria fight on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux next Saturday 17. It is time for Roman to shine and for fight fans who didn’t knew him to get to know one special fighter who for many fight fans might have remained unknown until Floyd Mayweather announced his retirement.
Shoulder roll defense has been practiced for a very long time and there are many boxers who have mastered it. Not just James Toney did it on the elite level; the old fight fans for sure remember how he moved from middleweight up to the heavyweight division using the shoulder roll effectively.
I think that we might have a special fighter active and should not waste the opportunity to watch him fight; and also he even might let us forget about that shoulder roll for a while. I already forgot about the last boxer who used it, but what about you?