Carlos Cuadras outweighs Roman Gonzalez
By Dan Ambrose: Former three division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0-0, 38KO’s) weighed in at 117.9 pounds for his seven-day weigh-in for his title challenge against WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27KO’s) on September 10 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Cuadras, 5’4”, weighed in slightly heavier at 120.2 pounds. Cuadras, 28, is expected to rehydrate quite a bit after the two fighters weigh-in on September 9 for their fight on HBO Championship Boxing. Gonzalez, 29, has looked dominating in the past in winning world titles at minimumweight, light flyweight and flyweight.
In moving up to super flyweight to fight the younger, bigger and stronger Cuadras, he may have met his match. Cuadras has easily beaten most of his opponents during his career. He’s a very good fighter with the size and talent that could enable him to give Gonzalez a really tough time in the ring on September 10.
The seven-day weigh-in for Cuadras and Gonzalez was mandated by the World Boxing Council. They didn’t have a choice in the matter. The max they could have weighed was 120.75lbs.
Cuadras recently beat Richie Mepranum last April in beating him by an eighth round stoppage. Before that, Cuadras beat Koki Eto, Dixon Flores, Luis Conception, Marvin Mabait, Jose Salgado and Wisaksil Wnagek. The one thing that Cuadras lacks on his resume is talented opposition. Cuadras has a lot of wins on his record, but the victories have come against almost all weak opponents.
The only good fighters that he’s faced thus far were Luis Conception, Jose Salgado and Mepranum. The rest of the fighters he’s faced were poor. That doesn’t mean that Cuadras can’t beat Gonzalez on September 10, because he could possibly still get a victory over him. But it doesn’t suggest that Cuadras will be in for a much more difficult fight than what he’s been dealing with in the past. Going from fighting the likes of Mepranum, Eto and Flores to fight Roman Gonzalez is going to be a tough leap up in competition for Cuadras, and he might not be ready for such a big step up.
Gonzalez defeated McWilliams Arroyo by a 12 round decision last April in a fairly one-sided fight. Arroyo had his moments in the fight, but he wasn’t able to handle the combination punching from Gonzalez. Last year, Gonzalez defeated Brian Viloria, Edgar Sosa, and Valerin Leon all by knockouts. The last really tough fight for Gonzalez came in 2012, when he beat Jose Francisco Estrada by a 12 round unanimous decision by the scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 116-112.
Gonzalez has shown a lot of interest in facing Estrada for a second time in order to try and beat him easier than he did previously, but thus far the fight hasn’t been made. It’s unclear whether the two fighters will face each other again. If not, then Gonzalez will be looking to make things happen in the super flyweight division if he can get past the hard hitting Cuadras on September 10. It’s going to be a tough fight for Gonzalez because Cuadras has all the tools that he needs to potentially beat him.