Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez won yet another world title in his fourth weight class tonight, outpointing a talented and game Carlos Cuadras over 12 rounds to take the WBC super flyweight title.
Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO) won on scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-111. HBO’s Harold Lederman had it 116-112. Cuadras falls to 35-1-1 (27 KO), but showcased his skills, too, in what was a competitive and entertaining fight.
Gonzalez has now captured titles at 105, 108, 112, and 115 pounds, and the biggest fight out there for him, against fellow 115-pound titleholder Naoya Inoue, may be what’s next. Inoue, 23, was in attendance at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and that fight has been discussed already.
The win also further establishes Gonzalez’s claim to the top pound-for-pound spot, which is
In the co-feature, Yoshihiro Kamegai settled his business with Jesus Soto-Karass, stopping the brave Mexican fighter after eight rounds, most of which were one-sided. Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KO) was all heart, but Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KO) was just too accurate and too strong, and he appeared to be the fresher fighter of the two.
Kamegai basically couldn’t miss in the fight, landing 50% of his total punches (325/653) and 55% of his power shots (293/529). Soto Karass, who has said he’s been considering retirement at age 33 after a hard career, landed 34% of his total punches (237/704) and 39% of his power shots (200/507).