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Roman Gonzalez vs. Juan Hernandez planned for April 23rd

The WBC has officially approved the bout.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

It looks as though Roman Gonzalez will continue his buddy-cop routine with Gennady Golovkin, as the WBC has approved a fight between Gonzalez and Mexico's Juan Hernandez for Golovkin's April 23rd title defense.

The fight is not yet 100% official, but everything seems set.

Hernandez (30-2, 21 KO), whom our own Scott Christ listed as "on the cusp" of the flyweight top-10,  has been mostly content to demolish mid-tier opposition since a 2011 loss to Kazuto Ioka, winning twelve straight in his native Mexico. He blasted out former minimumweight title challenger Jesus Silvestre four days ago and, reportedly, had caught Gonzalez's eye for his combination-heavy offense even before then.

"Chocolatito" (44-0, 38 KO) is currently riding a ten-fight knockout streak, bolstered by three impressive performances in 2015. After dispatching journeyman Valentin Leon in February, he tore apart Edgar Sosa on the undercard of Golovkin's bout with Willie Monroe and dismantled Brian Viloria prior to Golovkin's own beating of David Lemieux.

He currently owns the WBC flyweight title, which he has defended thrice.

Hernandez is a solid opponent for Gonzalez, who intends to move up to 115 in the near future. Gonzalez will probably beat the hell out of him, of course, but that's just because he's Gonzalez.

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