Roman Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KOs) has fallen back into relative obscurity following a big push from HBO, only to be twice beaten by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in 2017. At the time many had Gonzalez rated as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but it was short lived.
Gonzalez would return from those two losses a year later to stop Moises Fuentes in five rounds, but has since been on the shelf nursing a knee injury that required surgery. Well, with Gonzalez now scheduled to take on Diomel Diocos on December 23, his manager Carlos Blandon says this tune-up fight was necessary to get Gonzalez back into title contention next year.
“Roman is highly motivated. He is looking sharp and his knee is back to normal or even better,” Blandon said. “Roman is eager to showcase that his knee is in great condition after surgery and that with God’s help he will be the [junior bantamweight] king once again. We understand that it takes one step at a time, but he is more than ready.”
Diocos obviously isn’t expected to put up much resistance, as he’s not highly rated and has lost three of his last four fights against light opposition.