It’s a case of now or never for Roman Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) who has ignored the calls for his retirement in preference to make another run at a world title. The landscape is a very different place to the one in which ‘Chocolatito’ was so dominant just two years ago, with back to back losses the last of which was a brutal knockout to Srisaket Rungvisai, this fight represents a last chance to prove he still has a place in the hierarchy of the super Flyweight division.
Pondering the decision to try again, Gonzalez confessed that retirement was a real possibility, when asked how close he was to leaving the sport he once reigned king over
“Very close,” Gonzalez said through an interpreter. “I really wanted to retire because I wanted to spend time with my children, which I had not been able to due to so much determination within my career and the training and whatnot. But at the same time, I spoke to my family, and my family encouraged me to be able to fight in the ring, and I feel it wasn’t my time [to retire]. It wasn’t my time, and now I’m ready to fight once again.”
It will be a 53-week ring absence since he last stepped through the ropes where the man awaiting the challenge is former Minimumweight titelist Mosies Fuentes (25-5-1, 14 KOs).
Fuentes is an experienced foe but is a fighter who has lost three of his previous four bouts, the latest of which was a one round blowout against Daigo Higa in a Flyweight encounter.
“I have the opportunity of a lifetime to fight against the great Roman Gonzales,” Fuentes said through an interpreter. “I’m very well prepared for this fight. I’m ready. We feel strong, and if God’s willing, we’re going to be victors that day.
“Nothing is written in boxing. I feel that I can beat Roman. It will definitely be something out of a dream, but I’m ready to fight, and I hope I can beat him.”
Gonzalez will enter as the big betting favourite and will look to put a testing time behind him
“I’m very happy, and I feel this is a great opportunity,” he said. “And I’m ready to be able to overcome this tough year and be able to fight again.”