By Steve Sturges: WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) says he’ll be moving up to super flyweight because he can’t find fights at flyweight. Gonzalez has effectively cleaned out the division anyway with his wins over Brian Viloria and Juan Francisco Estrada.
Gonzalez, 28, plans on fighting Estrada in a rematch and then moving up to super flyweight to take on the top fighters in this weight class. It’s a move that is long overdue though, as Gonzalez can potentially get big fights against super flyweight champions Carlos Cuadras (WBC), Kohei Kono (WBA), McJoe Arroyo (IBF), and Naoya Inoue (WBO).
The only guy left for Gonzalez to fight at flyweight, besides Estrada again, is IBF champion Amnat Ruenroeng. Getting a fight against him may prove to be impossible for Gonzalez, and it probably isn’t even worth the hassle of getting the fight because he’s not seen as being in the same level as the likes of Estrada and Viloria.
“Well, even if (Estrada) wants to fight or not, (I) know that eventually (I’m) going to have to go up to the 115 category, because in 112 no one wants to fight (me),” Chocolatito said to Thaboxingvoice.com.
Gonzalez should look to get whatever fights he can at super flyweight and then move onto bantamweight. He can’t afford to languish at super flyweight like he did with the time he’s wasted at flyweight. Gonzalez has bigger and better things to accomplish and the only way he can do that is if he keeps moving up in weight to fight better fighters that are willing to face him. The bigger fighters won’t be afraid to mix it up with Gonzalez like the guys in the flyweight division,
Gonzalez defeated McWilliams Arroyo (16-3, 14 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Dominic Wade card on HBO Championship Boxing from the Forum in Inglewood, California. The final judges’ scores were i 120-108, 119-109, and 119-109.
Gonzalez wants to headline his own cards, but he’s not going to do that being stuck at flyweight. He might need to move up as far as super bantamweight for him to become a big enough name to headline his own cards. It’s hard to imagine a flyweight headlining cards on HBO because that’s not a popular division with casual boxing fans in the U.S.