Now that he's finally been introduced to the mainstream American audience by way of HBO, Roman Gonzalez is set to make "Chocolatito" a household name with another electrifying win on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin's October 17th pay-per-view debut. However his trainer, Arnulfo Obando, doesn't believe that Brian Viloria, Gonzalez's scheduled opponent, is an easy test.
Obando told Boxing Scene: "Viloria is the best opponent that Roman could face. The Mexican Giovanni Segura is a good fighter, but after watching his last fights he's not the same . . . Viloria made a great fight against Juan Francisco Estrada despite the defeat."
Estrada is probably the one man Gonzalez fans would most like to see him fight. The two met once before in 2012, and Gonzalez won a close decision. Estrada has rattled off six straight wins since, while Gonzalez has won nine. Both men have improved over time. The undefeated Naoya Inoue could be waiting in the wings as well.
For now, however, Viloria is a more than credible opponent, and Obando expects his combination-punching style to provide guaranteed fireworks against Gonzalez. "Although a lot of people are talking about the age of Viloria," the trainer said, "We cannot forget that he's a very dangerous man . . . He will be coming to fight."