"Chocolatito's" threats aren't just from above, it seems.
The Ring 108-pound champion, Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KO), sat down with the site following Saturday's unanimous decision win over Juan Alejo to discuss his desire to take on the unstoppable Nicaraguan.
Aldeguer tells RingTV.com that he had spoken with Gonzalez’s American promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions in the past, but says Nietes is likely to take at least two more fights before facing the unbeaten Nicaraguan.
"We had a discussion, HBO also wanted to talk about it but we felt it was premature to discuss it before the results on Saturday. We’ll resume the talks again. Nietes wants the fight. I think they also want the fight," said Aldeguer, president of ALA Promotions.
"We’re looking at late next year or early 2017. Nietes is a 108 now. He has to gradually move up to 112 to fight Chocolatito."
According to Aldeguer, they're specifically targeting October 2016.
The Ring also spoke to two of Nietes' and Gonzalez's mutual foes, Manuel Vargas and Francisco Rodriguez, Jr. The latter picked Gonzalez to win, and while the former didn't give a prediction, he did say that Gonzalez hit harder and was the superior technician.
With the addition of Nietes to a list which includes Inoue and Juan Francisco Estrada, Gonzalez now has elite fighters in three different divisions gunning for him. Does Nietes have a chance?