Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

'Chocolatito' Gonzalez suffers first career loss

'Chocolatito' Gonzalez suffers first career loss

That's because Román González, also known as "El Chocolatito" and arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, survived a war with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai only, to lose in a controversial decision that left the boxing world angry and eager for an immediate rematch. But the 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113 scores mean it was a close one at Madison Square Garden.

When things looked bad for Gonzalez, especially with the gash that bled profusely throughout, it seemed as if he channeled the ghost of Alexis Arguello, his late mentor and Nicaraguan hero to pull him through. USA TODAY Sports scored it 116-110 for Gonzalez.

Fighting on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Daniel Jacobs card, the former star muay Thai fighter continued his fantastic boxing run by handing Gonzalez the first loss of his star-studded career. Gonzalez, considered by many to be boxing's best, pound for pound, falls to 46-1 with 38 KOs in his first fight since the passing of his trainer Arnulfo Obando last November. The fight was temporarily halted in the third round when a butt by Rungvisai cut Gonzalez over his right eye.

Even having a point deducted for another butt was not enough to deny Rungvisai the victory which no-one had seen coming.

After the fight, González immediately asked for a rematch, saying that he felt he won the fight and that he wants to get his title back from Rungvisai.

Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez landed more punches in 10 of 12 rounds and set a junior bantamweight record by landed 372 power shots on Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who captured the WBC super flyweight title with a twelve round majority decision.

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