Chocolatito vs Cuadras: Prediction and previewWritten by Joseph Herron
Although the focus of the entire boxing community is currently on Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook, fans of the Southern California variety will be treated to a great evening of entertaining match-ups at the historic Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, featuring pound for pound champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) against current WBC Super Flyweight title holder Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) in your main event, and Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KOs) in the co-main.
The two quality match-ups will air on HBO World Championship Boxing, with a start time of 10PM ET/PT. The broadcast will also include an encore presentation of GGG vs. Brook for the unified Middleweight championship.
Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) vs Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs), for the WBC Super Flyweight Championship
This terrific title bout will be a sure fire, all-action hit with any fight fan who elects to tune in. Despite being the pound for pound king in the minds of most boxing writers and ringside observers, the Nicaraguan machine will be the challenger in this match-up, competing for Cuadras' WBC title and his fourth division world championship.
What's so special about "Chocolatito"?
A lot like his Middleweight headlining counterpart, Gennady Golovkin, the 29 year old virtuoso doesn't seem to have many apparent weakness that his opponents could potentially exploit.
Roman is a solid all-around fighter who can ostensibly adapt to any opposing fight style. His footwork and defensive prowess in the pocket, while putting together short, compact combinations to his opponent's body and head is a true joy for any boxing purist to behold.
He's an apparent master of knowing when to box from angles at a distance, and when to put his foot on the gas while applying intelligent pressure. Like GGG, he uses his jab accurately with great efficiency, while he closes the distance so he doesn't get hit with many incoming shots. And when he finds his range in the pocket, he fights extremely well in close quarters, using creative combinations from various angles to the body and head to break down his opponent. He's a complete fighter with no apparent deficiencies.
His opponent, the current WBC 115 pound champ Carlos Cuadras of Mexico, is a very entertaining and strong fighter who uses his footwork as the foundation of his defense and likes to fight at range. He has a very effective jab, which he mixes up very well. The 28 year old title holder not only varies the speed of his lead left hand, but also changes the amount of pressure he puts on it. He often touches his opponents at times while using the jab as a range finder, and also forcefully sticks them with it to get their attention. Cuadras also effectively feints with his left hand to freeze his opponents while setting up the big right hand down the middle.
The Mexican born champion is an excellent ring general and an effective counter puncher who likes to throw hard, left hook counters when his opponents attempt to shoot the straight right hand down the middle.
Unfortunately for Cuadras, he's facing a virtual master at applying pressure and breaking down his opponents in the pocket.
Look for "Chocolatito" to eventually close the distance and start breaking down Cuadras in the mid to late rounds of this one.
Chocolatito vs Cuadras Prediction: Roman Gonzalez TKO 10 over Carlos Cuadras
Jesus Soto Karass (28-10-4, 18 KOs) vs. Yoshihiro Kamegai (26-3-2, 23 KOs) - 10 round, Super Welterweight special attraction
This superb, all-action pairing is a rematch of their thrilling ten-round dogfight which took place this past April. The first bout was a throwback, off-camera affair at the Belasco Theater in LA, that resulted in a thrilling, split-draw. Because neither fighter likes to take a back-step at anytime during their fights, expect the two pocket clubbers to go to war early in this contest and put forth a similar showing to the first bout, with potentially the same outcome.
While this fight won't have very much impact on the landscape of the 154 pound weight division, it will entertain and dazzle every fight fan who is lucky enough to see this beautiful slugfest.
Prediction: Yoshihiro Kamegai SD 10 over Jesus Soto Karass...the real winners will be the die-hard fight fans who either purchased a ticket for this event, or chose to tune in at home. The special co-feature will be a fight of the year candidate and an instant classic.