Oh.My.Wow. Thai WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) made a violent statement in his rematch with former pound for pound king Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs) Saturday night in Carson, CA where he brutally knocked out the Nicaragua legend in the fourth round. The headlining bout was seen live on HBO and was a rematch of their March encounter that Rungvisai won controversially via close majority decision. Many people (this writer included) felt Gonzalez won that fight but the Thai underdog removed all doubt earlier tonight with a stunning KO.
Gonzalez did look rusty and somewhat worn down in this one as both men went toe to toe from the opening bell. Rungvisai seemed to get the better of the exchanges early but both men had their moments.
In Round 4 a big left hand in the midst of a combo dropped Gonzalez hard. He got up and fought back but another power punch bomb from Rungvisai separated the former champion from his senses and laid him out flat. It was a sensational one-punch knockout. With the win Rungvisai retained his WBC world title.
In the co-main event North American Fight Fans got introduced to ‘The Monster’ as Japanese sensation and WBO super flyweight world champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12 KOs) put on a dazzling display stopping top rated Antonio Nieves (17-2-2, 9 KOs) in six rounds. Nieves was tough enough to hang in there but took some brutal punishment in every round as the Japanese KO artist hurt him with nearly every piston like jab he threw. Inoue ripped to the body with vicious intentions and the last few rounds saw Nieves running away just to survive. His corner wisely stopped the bout after the sixth round. It was a sensational performance by Inoue and he’s surely a fighter to watch moving forward.
Former world flyweight champion and cagey veteran Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) scored a narrow and exciting twelve round unanimous decision nod over Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs) in early ation Saturday on HBO. Despite the scores initially being announced for Cuadras, things were eventually corrected confirming all three judges had Estrada up by razor thin scores of 114-113 all the way around.
Big punching Filipino star and former world champion Brian Viloria (38-5, 23 KOs) looked fresh and recharged when he stopped the younger Miguel Cartagena (15-4-1, 6 KOs) in Round 5 Saturday night in preliminary action. It was just the second fight for Viloria since 2015 and puts him back in the mix at super flyweight.
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