After defeating a game challenge by Brian Viloria in New York’s Madison Square Garden October 17th, reigning WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (44- 0, 38 KO’s) headed to Las Vegas to take in the Timothy Bradley – Brandon Rios fight week. Tha Boxing Voice’s own Sean Zittel was able to interview the pound for pound star regarding his future plans.
Through a translator from his native Spanish, the pride of Nicaragua was asked about a former nemesis, current WBO and WBA flyweight kingpin Juan Francisco Estrada (33-2, 24 KO’s), “(I) want to fight with anybody, if the terms are right (I’ll) fight anybody, including Estrada”.
Although “El Gallo” Estrada came up short in his initial bid against Gonzalez via unanimous decision in their 2012 showdown, the Mexican-based Estrada has reeled off seven straight wins, with a most impressive victory over another former flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in his last outing.
A potential Gonzalez vs Estrada sequel is one that fight fans would certainly relish. With “Chocolatito” basically cleaning out the 112-pound division and “El Gallo” on a hot streak the rematch seems to make perfect sense for some time in 2016.
While fight purses for the flyweight division are typically not on par with their higher weight counterparts, HBO’s recent investment into Gonzalez and subsequent exposure lies the framework to satisfy his financial concerns.
With the stage being set, Gonzalez vs Estrada II appears to be on target. Perhaps we can see them duel as a co-main event paired with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin as Gonzalez’s previous two bouts. Or better yet, stage Gonzalez vs Estrada II as a standalone feature, in a place and venue that suits this rivalry, such as Southern California’s StubHub Center or in the fighters native countries, Nicaragua or Mexico.