Srisaket defeats Chocolatito in classic

Ross Houston
March 20, 2017

Regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Gonzalez was a heavy favourite going into the fight and was looking to improve his record to 47-0.

ROMAN "CHOCOLATITO" GONZALEZ suffered the upset of the year when he was on the wrong end of a split decision to Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. But the 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113 scores mean it was a close one at Madison Square Garden. 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.

An accidental butt of heads in the third round opened a deep gash on Gonzalez, who fought with heightened urgency from then on as blood covered the right side of his face.

The challenger set the tone early, knocking Gonzalez down with a short, powerful right to the body in the first round, the first time since 2006 that the Nicaraguan had hit the canvas.

Gonzalez? body work had Sor Rungvisai in trouble in round six, but two head clashes, the second of which cost Sor Rungvisai a point from referee Steve Willis, kept Gonzalez from continuing to press his advantage.

Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai embrace after their championship fight.

In the final round, the Thai southpaw was booed loudly because he spent much of the round either running away or clutching and grabbing Gonzalez in the center of the ring.

Eyeing up the statistics, the numbers show Gonzalez landing a whopping 441 punches of 1013 thrown compared to Srisaket's 284 from 940.

"I'm a little dinged up," Gonzalez said afterwards, according to ESPN".

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