Chocolatito Disagrees With Judges Following Split Decision Loss To Juan Estrada
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez feels he should’ve gotten the nod against Juan Francisco Estrada in their rematch.
Gonzalez and Estrada did battle on March 13. Gonzalez put the WBA (Super) Super-Flyweight gold on the line, while Estrada’s WBC and The Ring Titles were at stake. After 12 rounds of thrilling action, Estrada was awarded the highly-talked-about split decision. Many argued that Chocolatito had done enough to win but the fight was close.
One judge, Carlos Sucre, scored the bout 117-111. The total was heavily criticized and Sucre has been suspended by the WBA.
Speaking to DAZN’s Chris Mannix, “Chocolatito” expressed his belief that his hand should’ve been raised (via BoxingScene.com).
“I won both of them. Whatever [Estrada] wants, we’ll do it. I’m very happy with my performance and the crowd enjoyed the fight.”
“Chocolatito” also said he liked the fight better than their first encounter and is pleased with his efforts even in defeat.
“It was a better fight than the first one. I felt strong, and I felt I won. In the last round, I gave it all. It was a great round. The result is what God wanted. And I’m happy because I’m going back home to see my family.”
This is just the third defeat in “Chocolatito’s” pro boxing career. Following his second loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Gonzalez went on a four-fight winning streak. He has a stellar record of 50-3 with 41 knockouts and is a surefire future Hall of Famer.
Fight fans have been calling for a trilogy but Rungvisai is the mandatory challenger for Estrada’s titles. Time will tell what gets booked first.