Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Cuadras full fight result,recap,replay September 10,2016. HBO wraps up their day of boxing with Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0; 38 KO) taking on Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1; 27 KO) in a 12 round Super Flyweight (115 lb.) fight.
Ring Magazine lists Gonzalez as the sport’s #1 pound for pound fighter, but he’s moving up in weight so is unranked at 115 – Cuadras is the division’s #2.
HBO World Championship Boxing Roman Gonzalez vs. Cuadras airs live this Saturday, September 10 on HBO with a fight time of 10:00 p.m. ET.
This is a fascinating fight not just for tonight, but for the future, and that’s largely because of the step up in weight class. The amazing run of Manny Pacquiao may have spoiled fans into thinking jumping through multiple divisions as world champion is common, but it’s not as easy as the Hall of Famer would have you believe. Gonzalez has made a few steps up in weight, and now makes another one, instantly stepping in deep against the division’s #2. #1 in the division is Japan’s Naoya Inoue, and a Gonzalez vs. Inoue superfight is one hardcore fans have been salivating over for some times. Tonight is a crucial step towards that showdown – one of the most exciting possible fights in boxing today.
Roman Gonzalez vs Carlos Cuadras Full Fight Replay
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Gonzalez: 29 years old | 5’3” | 64″ reach | orthodox stance
Cuadras: 28 years old | 5’4″ | 66″ reach | orthodox stance
What have these two done recently?
Gonzalez: W – McWilliams Arroyo (KO) | W – Brian Viloria (KO) | W – Edgar Sosa (KO)
Cuadras: W – Richie Mepranum (TD) | W – Koki Eto (UD) | W – Dixon Flores (KO)
FULL FIGHT RECAP
Roman Gonzalez has slowly but surely moved from division to division, staking his claim as the clear #1 at every weight class he has competed in, winning three true world titles and now fighting for his fourth. With his combination of picture perfect technique and surprising aggression and KO power, it’s easy to see why many consider him the world’s best boxer. In 2015, HBO picked him up and began heavily promoting him – a virtually unheard of move for a 112 pound fighter. He rewarded their faith with three straight wins of increasing brilliance.
He’s faced very good opposition and made them look average, which is why many are salivating at the thought of his taking on Inoue – maybe the only man in his general weight class who can challenge him.
Carlos Cuadras is a Mexican fighter with good amateur experience and 8 years as a pro. He’s the WBC Super Flyweight champion, and, at worst, the #2 in the division behind Inoue (and some have him as #1). Cuadras has fought primarily in Mexico – this is just his 2nd US fight, and his most high profile international fight by a wide margin. But that should not discredit his skills – he’s a very talented boxer who can make this a tough night for the smaller Chocolatito. Cuadras has taken on big challenges before and come out ahead. He’ll try to do it again here.
What can fans expect?
The Chocolatito change in weight class, combined with Cuadras’s status in the division combines to make this a truly compelling fight. If Cuadras can use his size to keep Gonzalez outside, and lean on him when they get inside, he can find some success. But Gonzalez is too smart to let that success last long. I expect Cuadras to take some rounds early, but for the pound for pound king to pull ahead as the fight goes on.