America is good at many things but we have some trouble when it comes to judging the worth of people correctly. Monied folk get a free pass and are lionized too often, despite conduct which deserves scorn if not imprisonment. We like our super models skeletal and we do not universally embrace “the little guys,” boxers under 126 or so pounds. Bigger is usually seen as better in our society and Roman “Chocolatito” on Saturday struck a small blow against that bias basis, when he showed his stuff, all 112 pounds of it, on HBO, in Los Angeles.
Little guy, XL power, big bump in popularity and curiosity…
The reigning flyweight champ Choc beat Edgar Sosa, a former 108 pound champion, at the Forum, and he showed off skills an XL dude would drool at.
He puts his punches together seamlessly, each one flowing into the next. Three knockdowns had the ref pulling the plug in the second, and I dare say all who watched are not uninterested in seeing more from the victor.
Choc went 72-130 to 14-106 for the beaten.
Sosa felt the power from the left and the right from the get go. The ending came at 2:37 of the second.
Choc (42-0 with 36 KOs) is 27, vs 35 for Sosa (51-8, with 30 KOs; from Mexico). Sosa needed an extra hour to make 112; they were 124 and 125 on fight night, a big ole jump after taking in proper food and drink.
In the first, Choc landed nasty. He was in Sosa’s face, and he hit the deck with 1:222, but it was a push. Choc’s pressure was immense. The left hook is so smooth, and he throws with no tightness, and it lands hard.
In the second, Choc moved forward, slipped right and left, chin tucked, gloves up, dipped right, threw left hooks. Sosa was on the back foot, and his jab in retreat couldn’t keep Choc off. A right sent Sosa down, and he was up at nine. A left hook sent him down again. With 55 seconds left, more punishment. More fury and down he went again. That was it.
After, Choc spoke to Max Kellerman. He thanked all for the opportunity and said he did it for the fans, and this is why he gets up at 4 AM to train. He cited the legend Alexis Arguello, the late legend, who trained him. He said he does look forward to fighting the skilled rival from Japan, Naoya Inoue.