Roman Gonzalez vs McWilliams Arroyo – Highlights (Great FIGHT)


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April 23rd, 2016. Undefeated Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez takes on tough, hard hitting McWilliams Arroyo in the 4th defenses of his WBC, The Ring, and Lineal Flyweight Titles.

This fight was part of the Gennady Golovkin vs Dominic Wade fight card.

At this time, Chocolatito was widely regarded as the No. 1 P4P Fighter in the World.

Prefight records; Gonzalez 44(38)-0, Arroyo 16(14)-2.

Gonzalez was already a Triple Crown World Champion going into the fight; at 105, 108 & 112 pounds. As for Arroyo, it was his 2nd world title opportunity. His first shot was back in September 2014, where he lost a close SD against Amnat Ruenroeng in an attempt to win the IBF World Flyweight Title.

Gonzalez had beaten a long list of top opposition at this juncture such as Akira Yaegashi, Omar Soto, Rocky Fuentes, Edgar Sosa, Manuel Vargas, Ramon Garcia Hirales, Omar Salado, Yutaka Niida, Katsunari Takayama, Francisco Rodriguez Jr, Juan Francisco Estrada, Brian Viloria & Francisco Rosas (2x).

In the early goings, Arroyo was very competitive against Chocolatito and have studied footage of his fight against Viloria where he was hurt a few times to the body. It was also the first fight in which the undefeated No. 1 P4P Fighter was in trouble. Thus, he managed to work the body early and had his success in some early rounds.

However, Gonzalez started to make adjustments to his pace and rhythm and started to take over the action. For the most part of the fight, he dominated the very game challenger who never ceased to show his determination despite having won no more than 3 rounds.

Moreover, the sole of Arroyo’s right shoe was detached in the 4th round (as showed in this video) thus his mobility & balance were affected for the rest of the bout as his corner could not replace the shoe. They had to reattach the sole using tapes.

Additionally, Arroyo had been inactive for a year and to face the No. 1 P4P Fighter in the World is itself a great display of bravery.

While the entire fight had been exciting with great exchanges, the 12th stanza is perhaps the most competitive as both warriors were gunning for the knockout!

After 36 minutes, Chocolatito won via a lopsided UD with scores of 120-108 & 119-109 (2x). Arroyo won a great deal of respect with his performance against the undefeated World Champion in 3 weight classes. By making it to the final bell, he ended Gonzalez’s 10 consecutive knockout streak which is by itself a notable achievement.
The last fighter to go the distance against Gonzalez was Juan Francisco Estrada back in November 2012.

** While I have nothing against the judges’ decision, I personally thought Arroyo won about 3 rounds. One thing for sure, in spite of how the scorecard might reflect, the fight was competitive all the way!

This would be Gonzalez’s last fight at 112 pounds, as he moved up to Super Flyweight and challenged Carlos Cuadras for the WBC World Super Flyweight Title in September of the same year. After 36 minutes of a highly competitive affair, Chocolatito triumphed via a close UD to bag the WBC strap.

His victory over Cuadras made him the first Nicaraguan fighter to win world titles in 4 different weight divisions; Minimumweight, Light Flyweight, Flyweight & Super Flyweight.

Enjoy this highlight of one of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s most notable victories!

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