Roman Gonzalez ready for Juan Estrada this Saturday in Glendale, Arizona

By Boxing News - 12/01/2022 - Comments

By Jack Tiernan: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez is ready to unseat WBC and Ring Magazine super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada in their trilogy bout this Saturday night.

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Estrada (43-3, 28 KOs) and Chocolatito (51-3, 41 KOs) will meet in a 12-round fight live on DAZN at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, this Saturday, December 3rd.

Estrada beat Chocolatito a year ago by a 12 round split decision in Dallas, Texas. Now, Roman will be looking to avenge that loss on Saturday night against Estrada, who didn’t look like the fighter he’d once been in his last bout against Argi Cortes last September.

In the co-feature, WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs) defends against 2016 Olympian Samuel Carmona (8-0, 4 KOs) in a 12-round fight.

“As a fight fan, I sit here in awe of these two men, Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, two modern-day greats that have given us two of the greatest fights in the history of the sport,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“These two, Mexico against Nicaragua, ready to go to battle, hopefully, but maybe not, one more time this Saturday to decide who wins the decider. One apiece this time, a tremendous opportunity for both men to capture all these belts. The WBC and the Ring Magainze Championship as well,” said Hearn.

“If you thought the second fight was good, the third will be even better because we’re prepared better than ever. I’m in the best shape of my life.

“I’m very happy, and I’m going to enjoy this with my family and my people,” said Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez during the final press conference on Thursday for his trilogy match against Juan Francisco Estrada this Saturday night.

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“We’ve worked well in our training camp, and you’ll see this on Saturday. My physical condition has been very good, and I know it will be a beautiful fight for the fans.

“We’ve shown that the lighter weights have qualities that fans like to see. I get the feeling this third fight will be legendary too, and many people will remember this great fight like the first and the second.

“It’s been a lot of time. The pandemic stopped boxing. So I’m really happy,” said Juan Francisco Estrada. “Thank you for the opportunity. I’m very well prepared.

“After my last fight, I only had two weeks of rest, and we continued camp at high altitude. I’m very motivated and confident about this fight.”

“You are two guys that have tremendous respect for one another, but it is one apiece. How much do you want to be victorious on Saturday night?” said Hearn.

“He and I are fighters that do our talking inside the ring. Outside, we are respectful, but inside we disrespect each other,” said Estrada about Gonzalez. “We’re colleges outside of the ring. What we do, we do it in the ring, and we show it in the ring.

“That’s why this is going to be the best fight out of all three of them. The best one will win, and I think the people are going to take a good show,” said Juan Estrada. “Also, not just this fight. The undercard has great fights as well.”

“As both these legends said, they predict the best of all three on Saturday night,” said Hearn. “To be honest with you, I would have taken 50% of one or two. If we get the best fight for the trilogy on Saturday, we will get one of the best fights of the history of this sport.

“I think I speak for everybody when I say thank you to Juan Estrada and thank you or Roman Gonzalez for continuing to give us great fights and for stepping up to fight the best in boxing,” said Hearn.