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Chocolatito dominates Arroyo to retain title

Roman Gonzalez

He’s a little guy in a division that isn’t necessarily loaded with the biggest names and that put him in a co-main event slot, but that does not mean Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez is not the best in the world. The WBC flyweight champion from Managua, Nicaragua went the distance for the first time since 2012, but earned a unanimous decision over McWilliams Arroyo. Judges scored the card 119-109, 119-109, 120-108.

It took a while for Gonzalez to get going, but he was aggressive and coming forward the entire time and was throwing hard punches from the beginning. Most were landing on Arroyo’s gloves early in the fight but he was doing damage in the third round.

Arroyo showed a great chin, though and countered off the ropes. But Gonzalez was landing great combinations. He was not even phased when the sole of Arroyo’s right show came flying off in a very odd occurrence.

Gonzalez’ heavy hands were coming fast and he wore down Arroyo. By the eighth round Arroyo pretty much knew he had no shot at winning a decision. His only chance was to survive and hope for a knockout to steal the win. Arroyo would survive, but he could not get in close enough to do damage to Gonzalez. Every time he went toward the champion, Gonzalez would land some hard shots.

While it may not have been a knockout victory, it was a very one-sided performance by the champion.

Gonzalez has dominated the flyweight division, but his time there does seem like it will end soon. He weight 126 pounds on the unofficial HBO scales (four weight classes higher than flyweight) and he says he’ll fight one more time at 112-pounds before moving up to 115, where a big fight against Naoya Inoue will eventually happen.

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