Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez is considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing, and tonight he once again showed us why, dominating a fight with dangerous puncher McWilliams Arroyo -- who fought pretty well -- and retaining his flyweight championship on scores of 119-109, 119-109, and 120-108. BLH had it 119-109 for Gonzalez.
Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KO) did see his ten-fight stoppage streak come to an end, and really never had Arroyo (16-3, 14 KO) in any serious trouble, though he did buzz him a couple of times over the course of the fight. That's to be expected, as the Nicaraguan landed 360 of 1,132 (32%) total punches, including 311 of 737 (42%) of his power shots. Arroyo landed 193 of 711 (27%) of his total punches, and 147 of 471 (31%) of his power shots.
Arroyo, 30, gave a good accounting of himself here, but the story of the fight is pretty simple. Both fighters fought well. But one of them, Arroyo, is a good fighter, and the other, Gonzalez, is a great fighter. The variety of his punches, the body work, the combinations, he just had more to his game than Arroyo, who boxed capably, and was credited by Gonzalez for being a tough opponent and hard to catch clean.
It's also worth noting that Arroyo fought much of the fight with one shoe, as the sole of his right shoe came off in the fourth round.
"I wanted to catch him with the counter punches, but it was very difficult, because he moved quite a bit," Gonzalez said through a translator. Asked about who he thinks could challenge him, he said, "Every fighter has hands. There's no weak fighter, they're all good. The most important thing is that for each fight, we come at our best."
There was also some talk of Gonzalez moving up to super flyweight, but he said he'll have likely have one more fight at 112 pounds before moving up.