Nicaraguan hero and pound-for-pound star Roman Gonzalez is aiming to increase the profile of boxing’s lower weight classes after lifting World Titles in four divisions.
This Saturday night the WBC Super-Flyweight king fights Wisaksil Wangek on the Gennady Golovkin v Daniel Jacobs undercard as chief support, defending his crown for the first time.
Speaking on a media call earlier this week, he said: “I was very happy and to be the co-feature with Golovkin is another great opportunity. I realise that there are going to be a lot of fans of Nicaraguan descent that will descend upon Madison Square Garden.”
In his last outing, ‘Chocolatito’ outpointed the tough Carlos Cuadras in a highly entertaining dust-up, handing the Mexican his first defeat and taking his belt in the process. There have been since been calls for a rematch.
“That will happen down the line and I am all about fighting for the lower weight classes to make them prominent in boxing,” explained Gonzalez. “My goal is to hold onto my fourth World Title in order to gain higher purses and more money.
“But heading into the rematch, assuming all goes according to plan [on Saturday], I will be confident and I know he will be a little bit more because of the time we shared in the ring. I do believe I can go out there and get the knockout in the rematch.”
For now, the 29-year-old must focus on Wangek in New York, to ensure he pleases his adoring fans back home. “It makes me so happy to represent the country of Nicaragua, that now after winning this World Title I have to hold onto it,” he added.
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