Chocolatito-Sor Rungvisai Rematch Ordered
The junior bantamweight title fight between Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez and Srisaket Sor Rungvisai was an early contender for Fight of the Year, but many felt Gonzalez was robbed when he received his first pro victory. Now, he will have the opportunity to earn his title back right away.
The World Boxing Council has ordered an immediate rematch between Gonzalez and Rungvisai as the Thai fighter’s first title defense.
ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that the WBC has granted the wish of Gonzalez’s management team, who asked for an immediate rematch following the controversial loss:
"The WBC Board of Governors considers that due to the extraordinary fight, which was extremely close, and considering that the WBC championship rules regarding accidental head butts were not used, but most importantly, considering the public demand to witness once again a great match between these two great fighters, the WBC has granted the request by unanimous vote to order the rematch between Sor Rungvisai and Gonzalez," WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said in a statement.
Gonzalez suffered two cuts due to accidental head-butts in the fight, making his face a bloody mess for much of the 12 rounds and potentially swaying the opinions of the judges. Most media members thought Gonzalez won the fight cleanly despite suffering a knockdown in the opening round.
Also of importance: The WBC has a rule concerning accidental head-butts, where if one causes a fighter to suffer a cut, then the uncut fighter is penalized a point. In this case, Rungvisai would have lost two points and the fight, but that rule is not used in the United States.
While Gonzalez may have lost his title, his undefeated record and his claim at the top pound-for-pound spot, it looks like he will have an immediate opportunity to put himself back on top.