Pound-for-pound king 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez upset in stunning majority decision
The Madison Square Garden crowd booed as Roman Gonzalez lost a junior bantamweight title
NEW YORK -- Four-division titlist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s run as pound-for-pound king has come to an end.
In a savage contender for fight of the year, Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai relied on constant pressure and an incredible chin to edge Gonzalez by majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112) and win a junior bantamweight world title. CBS Sports scored the bout 114-112 for Gonzalez.
The Madison Square Garden crowd instantly booed the decision as Rungvisai survived a point deduction in Round 6 for a head butt to hand Gonzalez (46-1, 38 KOs), the power-punching machine from Nicaragua, the first defeat of his career. Chocolatito exited the ring after the decision and did not take part in the post-fight interviews.
The bout was the co-main event of Gennady Golovkin’s middleweight title defense against Daniel Jacobs.
“I have to say that he’s one of the best fighters that would not stop and would not quit,” Rungvisai said.
Both fighters survived a tremendous amount of damage to claw forward in an all-action slugfest. But the punch statistics firmly favored the former champion.
Gonzalez outlanded Rungvisai 441 to 284, according to CompuBox, and connected on 56 percent of his power shots. Gonzalez also landed more punches in 10 of 12 rounds and set a junior bantamweight record with 372 power shots landed overall.
“I’m a little dinged up but I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch and to win my belt back,” Chocolatito said after the bout.
Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs) scored a flash knockdown in Round 1 when he caught Gonzalez off balance with a right hook to the body. After a series of accidental head butts, including one in Round 3 that opened a cut above Gonzalez’s eye, referee Steve Willis took a point away from Rungvisai in Round 6.
The majority of the bout was contested largely the same way with Rungvisai controlling the first half of the round with activity before Gonzalez, the perceived bigger puncher, surged back with heavy counter shots late to snap Rungvisai’s head back and send the pro-Gonzalez crowd into hysterics.
But Gonzalez, 29, slowly began to fade in the second half of the fight as his face swelled and blood flowed from the cut above his eye. Rungvisai never stopped coming forward despite taking incredible flush right hands to the face and was the fresher fighter late.
It was Gonzalez, however, who had the busier final round, winning it on all three scorecards.
Rungvisai was asked after the fight if he would be willing to accept a rematch with Gonzalez and said, “Yes. At this point, anyone I can defeat.”
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