Roman Gonzalez tames Julio Cesar Martinez in 12-round masterclass of stress preventing

Roman Gonzalez continues to be the king. Picture by German Villasenor

SAN DIEGO – Followers can often count on to witness elite-level stress preventing and an thrilling battle each time Roman Gonzalez is within the ring.

His 12-round taming of Julio Cesar Martinez on Saturday at Pechanga Area was no exception, as Chocolatito patiently and purposefully walked down the wild and sport flyweight standout to a unanimous determination victory by scores of 118-110, 117-11 and 116-112.

What some had feared may very well be the growing old veteran’s final stand became one other masterclass of managed aggression and inventive mixture punching. Martinez (18-2, 14 KOs) had the benefits of youth, quick and unpredictable fingers, and the additional stamina from coming in heavy (having not made the contracted 115 kilos for this DAZN-streamed most important occasion). Nevertheless, after “feeling out” what the Mexico Metropolis native needed to supply within the opening spherical, Gonzalez (51-3, 41 KOs) started to impose his trademark stress and surgical punch accuracy upon Martinez, avoiding most return hearth behind a excessive guard.

Chocolatito goes to work on El Rey. Picture by German Villasenor

In a battle between an previous bull and a younger bull, expertise overcame exuberance. Timing and reflexes trumped velocity and explosiveness. Method and professionalism outclassed sheer machismo.

Martinez, The Ring’s No. 1-rated flyweight and WBC titleholder, made the battle enjoyable and compelling together with his flamboyant perspective and his sporadic go-for-broke offense, however he was backing up by Spherical 3 and getting staggered by Spherical 6. By Spherical 7, the bulk Mexican crowd that crammed out the decrease bowl of the world had gone from chanting “Mex-i-co!” to “Cho-co-late!”

Though the longer term corridor of famer was in agency command over the second half of the battle, he nonetheless needed to dig deep to maintain his 27-year-old adversary in verify. Martinez tried to rally in Rounds 9, 11 and 12, solely to be overwhelmed by Gonzalez’s relentless assaults to the physique and head.

“I’m grateful to God as a result of He gave me one other victory,” the 34-year-old Gonzalez, who miraculously stays world-class 13 and half years after successful his first world title, stated throughout his post-fight interview. “I got here in actually good situation for this battle.

Many observers consider Gonzalez received not less than 10 rounds vs. Martinez, some thought the longer term corridor of fame pitched a shutout. Picture by German Villasenor

“I wished to really feel his energy (within the first spherical), I wished to work with him little by little. My nook instructed me to not give him any floor, so I didn’t.

“(Martinez) could be very brave. He can take lots of punishment.”

Martinez was an alternative choice to Juan Francisco Estrada, The Ring/WBA junior bantamweight champ that has cut up two sensational fights with Gonzalez. Estrada, who pulled out of the rubbermatch in late January after contracting COVID, continues to be an choice for Gonzalez’s subsequent battle, though the Nicaraguan believes he’s 2-0 in opposition to his rival.

“Everybody is aware of I received the final battle I had with Estrada,” Gonzalez stated. “The one opponent who ever actually beat me is (Srisaket) Sor Rungvisai (with the rematch KO). I received the remainder of my fights.”

A 3rd bout with Sor Rungvisai, The Ring’s No. 1-rated junior bantamweight, can also be an choice for Chocolatito, who’s No. 2 at 115 kilos.

Gonzalez’s supervisor Carlos Blandon instructed The Ring that September is the goal month for his subsequent battle, with Estrada III the almost certainly battle. He additionally talked about that Gonzalez may check the waters at bantamweight (118 kilos) quickly.

“No matter comes,” Gonzalez stated. “The boss (Eddie Hearn) is correct right here. (I’ll battle anybody) so long as they pay me.”

Whoever he fights subsequent, make sure you tune in. It is going to be an excellent battle. Gonzalez’s fashion will power even a reluctant foe to face and commerce simply to outlive his onslaught. However many of the prime fighters within the 115-pound division are warriors, and a few – reminiscent of Estrada, Sor Rungvisai and WBO titleholder Kazuto Ioka – are nearly as skilled and adorned as he’s. If he faces a fellow veteran, they’ll ship a basic. Depend on it.

Followers also needs to tune in as a result of we by no means know if will probably be Chocolatito’s last bout. He’s gone to the effectively so many instances. In some unspecified time in the future the bucket goes to come back up dry.

However for now, Chocolatito continues to be the king.

“We’re nonetheless right here,” Gonzalez stated.

And boxing is blessed to have him.


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