Image result for gonzalez vs cuadrasOn Saturday night, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO’s) defeated Carlos “The Prince” Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) via unanimous decision, to capture the WBC Super featherweight title.  This was a championship in a 4th weight class for Gonzalez, which passes his mentor Alexis Arguello.  This was a fight for the ages, with non stop action, and by Chocolatito’s own admission, the toughest fight of his career.  He even said that it was a harder fight then when he fought Juan Francisco Estrada, which was a banger.

Cadres looked very good at times, and gave Gonzalez a run for his money no doubt, but Chocolatito proved to be just too much for Cadres to handle in the end.  The first half of the fight was all Roman Gonzalez.  I gave Cadres the first round, but by a very slim margin.  Chocoaltito dominated the whole first half, cutting off the ring effectively, and banging Cadres with huge shots.  Gonzalez usually takes a round or two to warm up, but he was on his motor from the opening bell.  Perhaps slightly intimidated by the bigger man, he felt a sense of urgency to put him away early.  In the second half, Cuadras began building confidence, probably surprised that he was still in it, and began putting together combinations, and wearing Gonzalez down a bit.  Gonzalez looked almost discouraged, but woke up again in the 12th round, and went right back to beating down his opponent.  The final tallies were 117-111, 116-112, &115-113, all in favor of Roman Gonzalez.  He captures the WBC Super Flyweight title, and hands Cuadras his first loss.

Kamegai Defeats Soto Karass

The first time they fought, it ended with a draw.  Both men thought they won and were not happy.   This was a chance for redemption for one of them, and boy did he get it.  Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KO’s) defeated Jesus Soto Karass (28-11-4, 18 KO’s) via TKO 8th round.  Kamegai hurt Soto Karass to the body badly in the first round, and it looked as if Soto Karass never really recovered.  Kamegai invested a lot to the body in the first half, and it paid off.  He finally knocked Soto Karass down in the 8th with a vicious left hook to the liver, but he would get up.  Kamegai would bang him to the head and body for the rest of the round, and Soto Karass would not come out for the ninth.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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