"Chocolatito," shot by Al Applerose
Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez brings his WBA junior flyweight world title and fighting talents to Southern California once again.
Expect plenty of blue and white flags in the audience and most of the Nicaraguan population based in the Southland this weekend.
The undefeated Gonzalez (33-0, 28 KOs) risks his record, world title and the adulation of millions when he faces Mexico’s Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (22-1, 18 KOs) at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The title match takes place Saturday, Nov. 17.
Gonzalez, 25, last appeared in Southern California when he faced another Mexican, Ramon Hirales, in the city of Pomona. The Managua prizefighter exhibited a careful and scientific approach, then exploded on the contender with some ferocious combinations that ended the fight in four rounds.
Not since the great Ricardo “Finito” Lopez has junior flyweight boxing seen that blend of boxing and power like “Chocolatito” seems to possess.
“El Gallo” Estrada has never faced a fighter the caliber of Gonzalez, but you never know in the sport of boxing. It only takes one punch to hit a homer.
In the co-main event “Mexican Killer” Brian Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs) defends the WBO flyweight world title against Mexico’s muscular Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (34-2, 25 KOs), the owner of the WBA flyweight title.
Viloria avenged two defeats by knocking out Mexico’s Omar Nino last April in the Philippines. Before that, he blew out Mexico’s Giovanni Segura about a year ago. Thus, some have taken to calling him the dispenser of Mexican boxers.
Marquez, 24, has suffered defeats against Filipino boxers before. But losing to Nonito Donaire, who has since conquered three more weight divisions, is not what anyone would call an embarrassing loss. However, once more the southpaw slugger faces a strong Filipino who can match his strength.
It’s a pretty interesting match between 112-pounders world titleholders.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com and the fight can be viewed on Wealth TV.
Other fight chatter
San Bernardino’s Artemio Reyes Jr. (17-2, 13 KOs) fights Mexico’s Pipino Cuevas Jr. (16-8, 14 KOs) in the welterweight co-main event on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. In the other major fight Christopher Martin (24-2-3, 7 KOs) fights Robert Guillen (6-9-3) of Texas. Other fighters set to perform are Javier Torres, Derrick “Whoop Dat Ass” Murray, Joshua Conley and Isaac Zarate among others. For more information call (714) 935-0900.
UCLA meets USC in an amateur boxing showdown on Friday Nov. 16, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown L.A at 431 W. 7th Street. It’s a black tie (optional) event that also features teams from West Point, St. Mary’s College, Texas Southern and University of San Francisco. First bell is at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (213) 630-5255.
All Star Boxing presents a boxing and Muy Thai card at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday Nov. 17. The main event features Anatoliy Dudchenko (16-2, 11 KOs) against Tyrell Hendrix (9-1-2, 3 KOs) in a light heavyweight clash. A number of other pro bouts will be staged at the colorful hotel beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information call (323) 816-6200.
Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) defends the WBC lightweight world title against undefeated former junior lightweight world titleholder Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) who is moving up in weight for this fight. Also, undefeated heavyweight Seth Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) fights Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) in a 12 round bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. HBO will televise.
Boxing great Carmen Basilio died Wednesday, Nov. 7 at age 85 in Canastota, New York. The former welterweight and middleweight world champion defeated Sugar Ray Robinson, Art Aragon and Johnny Saxton during the 1950s in his Hall of Fame career. He was a fearless and bruising fighter who engaged in some of the bloodiest battles in boxing history.
WBC female junior middleweight titleholder Mia St. John (47-12-2, 18 KOs) lost the world title to Tiffany Junot (10-3-1) by unanimous decision on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Bakersfield, Calif. St. John was making the first title defense since defeating Christy Martin this past summer.
Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs) meets Tommy Karpency (21-3-1, 14 KOs) in a light heavyweight battle for the vacant IBO world title on Friday, Nov. 16. The title match takes place at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill.
WBC female lightweight titlist Erica Farias (14-0, 8 KOS) of Argentina defends her belt against Maria Maderna (8-8-3), who is also from Argentina. The match takes place on Saturday Nov. 17, in Buenos Aires.
England’s Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KOs) defends the IBF super middleweight world title against Yusaf Mack (31-4-2, 17 KOs) of the U.S.A. on Saturday Nov. 17. The world title match will be held in Nottingham, England.
Roberto Garcia (31-3, 21 KOs) meets Inocente Fiz (15-0, 9 KOs) for the number one spot on the WBA junior middleweight rankings. The fight is set for Saturday Nov. 17, at the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After 11 years away former welterweight world champion James Page (25-4, 19 KOs) returns to the boxing ring and meets Rahman Yusubov (8-9) in the main event in Sacramento on Saturday Nov. 17. Page, 41, last fought on February 2001 and lost the WBA title to Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis in Las Vegas.
Chris Algieri (15-0, 7 KOs) meets Daniel Sostre (11-7-1, 4 KOs) in the welterweight main event at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, New York. Algieri trains in California and New York. The fight will be Saturday Nov. 17.
Former lightweight champion Humberto Soto (59-8-2) defeated Jose Lopez (17-3-1) by unanimous decision to capture the vacant WBF welterweight title on Saturday Nov. 10. Also, Jessica Chavez (16-3-2) defeated Kanittha Kokietgym (17-5) after 10 rounds of a junior flyweight bout in Mexico City.
Former Olympian Gary Russell Jr. knocked out Mexico’s Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KOs) at 1:25 of round three in a featherweight match at Fantasy Springs Casino on Friday. Also, former 2012 Olympians Marcus Browne, Terrell Gausha, Errol Spence, Rau’Shee Warren and Dominic Breazeale won their pro debuts. Junior middleweight prospect Daquan Arnett (9-0, 6 KOs) knocked out Jeremiah Wiggins (10-1-1, 5 KOs) at 1:59 of round four.