Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs) may be diligently preparing to avenge his sole loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai this weekend, but don’t think he’s not also looking towards some other big fights at super flyweight. The 30-year-old fighter tells RingTV that he knows he has a tough match ahead of him but that he’s training like never before for an HBO card featuring three potential opponents for the future.
Two of those opponents, Carlos Cuadras and Juan Estrada, Gonzalez has already beaten (although they’re trying to position themselves for rematches), while the third is an undefeated 24-year-old Japanese import in Naoya Inoue who is about as talented as they come and preparing to make a statement in his US debut.
Signs have been pointing towards a Gonzalez-Inoue showdown for some time now, and Gonzalez says that’s the fight he’d most prefer should he beat Sor Rungvisai this Saturday.
“I would definitely like to fight all the three of them, but Inoue, since I have not fought before is definitely who I am inclined more to fight, but for now I have to win Sept. 9, therefore I am training and always praying.”
But first things first, Gonzalez has his hands full with a fighter who scored a big upset win over him this past March, and don’t for a second believe that Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is just about to roll over and play dead. In fact when reflecting on their first fight, Gonzalez acknowledges that it was a tough one.
“I believe that fight was a very difficult fight, but I feel I won the fight,” he said. “So it gives me a lot of motivation to keep doing what I do in training camp. This loss showed me a lot and I have faith that God will give me my title back, but before that happens I have to keep training as the challenger I am.”
That’s a pretty good attitude for a fighter looking to bounce back from his first loss after being on top for a long time, and with a win Gonzalez and his manager look to put together a big 2018 with a showdown against Inoue looming.