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EXCLUSIVE: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez – The Humble Nicaraguan


Roman Gonzalez has cemented his legacy in boxing. Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland.

The Contra warfare in Nicaragua, a bloody affair which took tens of 1000’s of lives in the course of the ’80s, it was no place to boost a toddler. However, it bred a fighter and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez emerged from the devastation to develop into a hit story.

Rising up in Managua, the capital metropolis of Nicaragua, Gonzalez (50-2, 41 KOs) describes his childhood environment to proboxing-fans.com as, “a really humble setting that helped me worth what God has given me now by my boxing profession.”

‘Chocolatito’ had emerged from the darkest of locations to cement his identify within the historical past books of the game he determined to dedicate his life to.

Constructing such a legacy after dealing with all challenges in his manner, turning into a four-weight world champion and getting back from adversity to reclaim championship accolades.

Though a boxing fan, it was initially soccer which the younger Gonzalez was absorbed by, however his combating father determined to sooner or later train him the candy science.

As soon as he had chin tucked in, his fists held excessive and his toes side-by-side within the orthodox stance that was it, there was no going again, the boxing bug had seeped into his blood like a leech however there was no shaking this leech off.

A third fight with Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez is also possible after his win over Kal Yafai in February Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in his win over Kal Yafai in February 2020. Picture Credit score: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Like all Nicaraguan fighters, Roman idolised Alexis Arguello. The three-weight world champion retired with a file of 77-8, his bushy moustache could be on the forefront of all of the posters that may dangle inside boxing gyms throughout the nation.

Gonzalez remembers his first day contained in the boxing health club vividly prefer it was simply yesterday, “the primary time I went to a boxing health club I met my idol, the most effective boxer in Nicaraguan historical past, Alexis Arguello.

“I used to be star struck much more so as a result of he talked to me briefly after which put me to work on my stance, it was an awesome second for me.”

The present WBA ‘Tremendous’ 115lb world champion would watch the likes of Mike Tyson, Oscar De La Hoya and Felix Trinidad alongside his father who boxed himself.

Boxing ran by the veins of the Gonzalez household, from a younger age it could possibly be seen the stardom ‘Chocolatito’ was destined for.

“It positively runs within the household, however I favored it as a result of I used to be profitable towards larger opposition and that motivated me much more so as a result of I’d see my household pleased with me.”

Roman and his idol Alexis Arguello. Picture Credit score: reemusboxing.com

The 33-year-old surpassed the achievements of his idol, Arguello, when he turned a four-weight world champion. He additionally turned the primary fighter to take action within the 4 lightest weight lessons.

A sure Corridor of Fame inductee in years to come back, Gonzalez is hoping to proceed inspiring the following technology.

“I imagine this can be a blessing from God that gave me this expertise and it’s my obligation with the youth to be a task mannequin to them, it’s a real blessing.”

In knowledgeable profession spanning 52 fights, thus far, solely Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who additionally fights March 13, has defeated Roman however the Nicaraguan has no bitter style upon his tongue as he seems again on his profession with no regrets.

“I’d not change something as a result of I imagine God’s timing is ideal.

“Every thing that I’ve gone by has taken me to the place I’m now and that makes me completely satisfied even when I needed to undergo many hardships.”

Rungvisai is the one man to defeat Gonzalez. Picture Credit score: Chris Carlson

March 13 will see Gonzalez enter the ring towards former foe, Juan Francisco Estrada who he defeated in 2012. This time round each males are world champions which means the rematch is a unification bout, and a struggle which ‘Chocolatito’ has needed for a while now.

“It feels nice to be along with your workforce specializing in considered one of my dream fights, it motivates me to provide my all day in and day trip.

“I really feel blessed for the chance to unify titles towards such an awesome champion and pal. I’ve needed this struggle for some time now so it feels very motivating to have the chance and I’m coaching very arduous to shine on that evening.”

Victory could have been granted in 2012 however now, 9 years on, the duty at hand is way larger. Nonetheless, if Roman has learnt one lesson in his profession it’s as follows: “That you simply by no means cease studying and to by no means underestimate your opponent.”

Gonzalez defeated Estrada of their first assembly. Picture Credit score: RingTV.com

Coming in the direction of the tail finish of his profession Gonzalez has already set in place enterprise investments for his future. Retirement is a phrase that scares many pugilists however not Roman, he accepts every part is part of God’s plan.

“I imagine solely God is aware of when I’ll dangle my gloves, however for now I envision myself engaged on my farm and my actual property enterprise that I established a few years in the past in Nicaragua.

“I imagine every part involves an finish, however solely God is aware of when and I do know finally it would occur and I can be comfortable with that so long as I’m sure that I at all times gave it my all.”