Roman "CHOCOLATITO" Gonzalez Nicaraguan 4 weight World champion and future Hall Of Famer SIGNED team members cap
The Letter "N" and blue & white colours are representative of Romans beloved homeland of Nicaragua. The cap also features the Nicaraguan flag and four crowns (representing 4 weight World champion) embroidered on either side and TEAM CHOCOLATITO to reverse.
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Román Alberto González Luna (June 17, 1987), best known as Román Gonzalez, is a Nicaraguan. He is the current WBC, Lineal and The Ring magazine flyweight champion and WBC super flyweight champion, as well as a former WBA light flyweight, WBA minimumweight champion. He is the only four-division World champion in Nicaragua's history, having surpassed his former mentor, idol, and three-division World champion Alexis Arguello. With a knockout ratio of 83%, he is currently considered the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport.
Dubbed "El Chocolatito", an 18 year old González turned pro in the Minimumweight/Light Flyweight divisions in 2005. In his debut, he fought at the Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua against 23 year old Ramon Urbina (0-1, 0 KOs) in a scheduled 4 round fight. Gonzalez won via knockout in round 2. In his 9th professional fight, Gonzalez, who had won his first 8 pro fights all by knockout, challenged Oscar Murillo (11-10, 8 KOs) for the vacant Nicaraguan and vacant WBA Fedecentro light flyweight titles. Gonzalez won via a 1st round knockout. Gonzalez won his first 16 fights all by way of knockout, before meeting Hiroshi Matsumoto (17-7-4, 8 KOs) at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan on January 14, 2008. The fight went the full 10 round as Gonzalez picked up the win via unanimous decision (100-90 twice, 98-92).
WBA World Minimumweight Champion
González vs Niida
Gonzalez challenged the WBA World minimumweight champion Yutaka Niida (23-1-3, 9 KOs) in Yokohama, Japan and scored a technical knockout to win the title in 58 seconds of the fourth round on September 15, 2008. Gonzalez was ahead on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage (30-27, 3 times).
After winning the WBA title, González made his debut at flyweight on December 13, 2008 where he stopped Miguel Tellez (18-11, 6 KOs) in the 3rd of a 10-round bout.
González vs Rosas
He went back to minimumweight on February 28, 2009 to defend his World crown against Francisco Rosas (20-5-2, 12 KOs) which he won by majority decision (116-112, 115-113 & 114-114). This was Gonzalez's first time fighting in Mexico.
González vs Takayama
In July 2009, Gonzalez defended his World title at the World Memorial Hall in Japan against Katsunari Takayama (23-3, 9 KOs). After 12 rounds, the three judges all scored it 118-110 for Gonzalez. In January 2010, Gonzalez knocked out Ivan Meneses (14-5-1, 8 KOs) in round 3, before the fight was stopped in round 4 to retain his World title.
WBA World Light Flyweight Champion
After vacating his minimumweight title, Gonzalez moved up light flyweight and defeated Jesus Limones (10-1-1, 4 KOs) via 2nd TKO.
González vs Rosas
A 23 year old Gonzalez won the vacant WBA Interim Light Flyweight Title against Mexican Francisco Rosas (21-7-2, 12 KOs) in Tokyo on October 24, 2010. This was the second time they had fought, having previously fought a minimumweight. Gonzalez won by KO in the second round. Rosas was knocked down three times in this fight. Gonzalez said after his first fight against Francisco Rosas that he had to fight being ill with severe stomach disorders, and that was the reason why he looked so sluggish and tired. Gonzalez was promoted to full champion in February 2011.
Gonzalez was victorious over Mexican boxers, Manuel Vargas (30-7-1, 15 KOs) via unanimous decicion (119-109, 116-112 twice) and Omar Salado (22-3-2, 13 KOs) via round 7 TKO respectively in March and July, both in Mexico, he retained the title.
González vs Soto
In his third defence, fighting for the first time at the Marquee Ballroom in MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2011, González knocked out Omar Soto (22-8-2, 15 KOs) with his straight right, left uppercut combinations 36 seconds of the 2nd round. Soto weighed in at 111lb, which is above the weight limit.
On March 17, 2012 Gonzalez faced Manuel Jimenez (11-2-1, 5 KOs) at Sinaloa, Mexico, defeating Jimenez via 1st round KO. This was a non-title fight.
On April 28, 2012 Gonzalez defended his WBA World light flyweight title against Ramon Garcia Hirales (16-3-1, 9 KOs) at the Fairplex in Pinomona, California. The fight ended as the count was waived by referee Raul Caiz Jr, after Garcia was knocked down twice in the 4th round. Gonzalez was ahead 30-27 on all three judges scorecards at the time of stoppage.
Gonzalez moved up to Flyweight on October 6, 2012 fighting undefeated 23 year old Stiven Monterrosa (9-0-2, 8 KOs) at the Hotel Holiday Inn in Managua, Nicaragua. Monterrosa was knocked down in rounds 1 and 2.
González vs Estrada
On 17 November 12, 2012, Gonzalez defeated 22 year old Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (26-1, 20 KOs) at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in an entertaining unanimous decision. This was the second time Gonzalez was fighting in California and the third time in the United States. The judges scored it (118-110, 116-112 twice) all in favour for Gonzalez. On May 25, Gonzalez stopped Colombian Ronald Barrera (30-11-2, 18 KOs) in five rounds at Polideportivo España, Managua, Nicaragua. Referee Onofre Ramirez stopped the fight in round 5 after Barrera was knocked down.
On September 21, 2013 he defeated Francisco Rodríguez, Jr. by TKO in the 7th round. He then defeated Mexicans Oscar Blanquet, Juan Kantun and Philippine Juan Purisima, taking his professional record to 39-0, with 33 wins coming by way of knockout.
WBC, Lineal & The Ring World Flyweight Champion
González vs Yaegashi
González defeated Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs) via ninth-round TKO on September 5, 2014 at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan to win the Lineal, WBC and The Ring Flyweight titles, becoming a boxing triple champion. Yaegashi was knocked down in rounds 3 and 9. Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight after a final uppercut to Yaegashi. At the time of stoppage the three judges had the fight (80-71 & 79-72 twice) in favour of Gonzalez.
González retained the titles against Rocky Fuentes on November 22, 2014 via sixth-round TKO. Gonzalez fought Valentin Leon in a non-title bout on February 28, 2015, Gonzalez won via a 3rd round TKO. Gonzalez defeated Mexico's Edgar Sosa (51-8, 30 KOs) at The Forum, in Inglewood, California on HBO World Championship Boxing via a 2nd round TKO. Sosa was down 3 times in round 2. Sosa made no effort to try to get up after the third knockdown. González earned a career high $200,000 against Sosa.
González vs Viloria
Gonzalez defeated 34 year old American Brian Viloria (36-4, 22 KO's) at Madison Square Garden in New York City via a 9th round TKO to retain his World titles on October 17 on the undercard of a middleweight unification bout between Golovkin and Lemieux. In round 9, Gonzalez landed a wide-open right hand that snapped Viloria's head to the side, after taking further a beating, referee Benjy Esteves Jr. stepped in and stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 52 seconds. According to CompuBox, Gonzalez landed 335 of 805 punches (42 percent), and Viloria was limited to landing only 186 of 594 (31 percent). Gonzalez was ahead on all 3 judges scorecards (78-73 twice, 79-72) before the knockdown and also knocked Viloria down in the 3rd round. With the win, González moved to 14-0 in World title bouts. González earned a $250,000 purse.
González vs Arroyo
Gonzalez defeated 30 year old Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) on April 23, 2016 at The Forum, Inglewood, California on a co-feature of World Middlewight title bout between Golovkin vs Wade. Gonzalez won via unanimous decision ending his ten-fight stoppage streak. Judges scored the bout (120-108) and (119-109) twice. Gonzalez landed 360 of 1,132 (32%) total punches while Arroyo landed 193 of 711 (27%) of his total punches. González earned a career high $300,000 purse for this fight.
González vs Cuadras
K2 Promotions announced on July 14, González will move up to 115 pounds to challenge Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) for his WBC Super Flyweight title on September 10, 2016 at The Forum in Inglewood in a bid to become Nicaragua's first ever 4-weight World champion. The fight will be part of a HBO split-site telecast on which K2 stablemate and unified middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin will fight against welterweight titlist Kell Brook at the O2 Arena in London. That night, HBO will have live coverage of Cuadras-Gonzalez along with a replay of Golovkin-Brook. González defeated Cuadras via 12 round unanimous decision to become the WBC super flyweight champion. After the win, González made history by becoming the first fighter in the history of Nicaragua to capture four titles in four weight divisions.
Death of Arnulfo Obando
On November 8, 2016 Gonzalez's long time trainer Arnulfo Obando was hospitalized after suffering a stroke earlier in the week and it was said that he was in serious condition. Upon arriving at the hospital, he was declared brain dead and his family was called to his bedside. On November 11, the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed in a statement that Obando had died at the age of 53. It was also said that Gonzalez would take a break from boxing. On January 24, 2017 Gonzalez started his training camp and announced that his father, Luis Gonzalez would be his head trainer.
González vs Sor Rungvisai
In December 2016, at the 54th WBC Convention, president Mauricio Sulaiman announced that a rematch would take place between González and Cuadras for the WBC title in March 2017. The winner of the rematch will need to fight WBC #2 mandatory and WBC silver champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (41-4-1, 38 KOs), who also goes by the name of Wisaksil Wangek. Gonzalez stated he hasn't agreed to a rematch or signed any contracts for a rematch to take place as he is not obligated to do so. Gonzalez also spoke about the purse offered to him for a rematch, "The HBO people are offering me very low money, so I can not accept that fight. I've been struggling to get a good purse, because we are the World's number one pound for pound." It was reported that Gonzalez was looking for a purse of around $1 million.
On January 5, Gonzalez's manager Carlos Blandon said that an opponent would be announced in ten days. A day later, due to Gonzalez not being obliged to give Cuadras a rematch, Sulaimán said in conference, Rungvisai will get a chance to fight Gonzalez next. The fight was officially announced on January 7 and serve as the co-feature for Gennady Golovkin vs Daniel Jacobs at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2017. Coming into the fight Rungvisai had lost just once since 2010, which came to Cuadras in 2014 via technical decision.
On fight night, Gonzalez was knocked down in round 1 following a body shot and went on to lose his first professional fight as well as the WBC super flyweight title via majority decision. Waleska Roldan scored the fight 113-113 even, whilst Glenn Feldman and Julie Lederman scored it the same 114-112, 114-112 in favour of Rungvisai. ESPN scored the bout wide 117-109 in favour of Gonzalez. Many boos were heard around the arena filled with 19,939. In round 3, Gonzalez suffered a cut over his right eye, via an accidental clash of heads. The cut was maintained by his corner throughout the fight, but still flowed on the side of his face. Rungvisai lost a point in round 6 due to another clash of heads. After the decision was read out, Gonzalez made his way towards the locker room. He told a reporter through a translator that he thought he won the match, and wanted an immediate rematch, "I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch. I want to get my title back." Compubox stats showed Gonzalez landed 441 of his 1,013 thrown (44%), whilst Rungvisai landed 284 of 940 (30%). Gonzalez out landed Rungvisai in 10 rounds. He also set a super flyweight record for landing 372 power shots. González earned a career high purse $500,000 whilst Rungvisai earned $75,000.
González vs Sor Rungvisai II
K2 director Tom Loeffler stated on March 31 that González would seek a rematch with Sor Rungvisai. On April 4, 2017 the WBC ordered a direct rematch to take place between González and Sor Rungvisai. The winner of the first fight was due to fight mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras. However, due to the direct rematch, the WBC ordered Cuadras to fight the next available contender, former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada for the WBC interim title. The winner of both fights would then proceed to fight each other. WBC rationalized this with the following statement,
“Rules regarding accidental head butts were not used, but most importantly, considering the public demand to witness once again a great match between these two great fighters, the WBC has granted the request.”
Loeffler confirmed a date in the fall of 2017 would be considered and a venue will be discussed with representatives of Rungvisai. On June 6, Loeffler said the rematch would take place on September 9 on HBO at a location in California. It was said the Japanese super flyweight Naoya Inoue would be in line to make his American TV debut on the same card. On June 7, González travelled to Japan to negotiate a deal with Teiken Promotions for the fight. One of the main reasons for discussing the contract, was his purse. It was revealed by Mexican promoter Osvaldo Küchle, that Cuadras and Estrada would fight on the undercard for the WBC interim title. On July 6, Tom Loeffler announced the fight would take place at the The StubHub Center in Carson, California. The event also features WBO champion Naoya Inoue and is considered historic as one of the biggest cards of all time in the smaller weight classes. It was confirmed the fight would be shown live on Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
At the 7-day weigh-in on September 3, González weighed 119.8 lbs and Rungvisai weighed in at 119 lbs. Per WBC rules, both boxers were required to weigh no more than 121 lbs. At the official weigh-in one day before the fight, González tipped the scales at 114.8 lbs, while Sor Rungvisai weighed 115 lbs. González would be paid a career high $600,000 purse, while Sor Rungvisai will make $170,000.
On fight night, in front of a pro-González sell-out crowd of 7,418, González suffered his second consecutive career defeat and failed to regain the WBC title, after being knocked out by Sor Rungvisai in the fourth round of their rematch. The opening round started with both fighters throwing heavy shots. Sor Rungvisai began to work the body straight away. In round 4, González was knocked down hard from a left to the head. González beat the count getting up at 7, but on unsteady legs. Rungvisai then finished the badly hurt González with a right to the head that put him down flat on his back. Referee Tom Taylor didn't bother with a count, waiving the fight off at 1:18 of the round. González was taken to the hospital after the fight for precuation. Like the first fight, an accidental headbutt occurred in round 1, when González complained and the crowd booed, the referee warned Rungvisai.
After the fight, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stated that he had prepared for four months in order to knock González out, "I trained very hard for four months. I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. I knew I was going to knock him out." González was humble in defeat, "We were both trading punches, but his were harder, and they landed harder. I was very hurt the second time when I was knocked down, but I think I'll be OK." Promoter Tom Loeffler also spoke to HBO in regards to González's future, "I don't think he's done. When you fight a guy like Srisaket, he took the opportunity of winning the lottery. He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in New York, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time. Now he has to be considered one of the best in the World. You saw Roman really packed the house, and Srisaket came into a hostile environment and proved he is a true champion. He has tremendous punching power." Compubox stats showed that Rungvisai landed 80 of his 291 punches thrown (27%) and González landed 58 of 212 (27%). All 80 of Rungvisai's landed punches were power shots. González stated that he wouldn't return to the flyweight division, as he was unable to reach the 112 lbs limit and that he was interested in competing for a fifth World title, but he was also considering retirement.
González is managed by Carlos Blandon Vidaurre, and is promoted by Japan's Teiken Promotions.
González has two children and lives in Managua, Nicaragua. He has stated that although he fights for honour and glory, the main reason is to provide for his family. He is a practicing Christian and a publicly open supporter of the FSLN political group in Nicaragua.