Rungvisai Hands Chocolatito First Loss

For Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, this is a night to forget.

Chocolatito is no longer the WBC super flyweight champion, losing the title to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai via majority decision at Madison Square Garden.

Signs looked bad for Chocolatito early on, as he was knocked down in the opening round — the first time he’s been knocked down in about a decade. Chocolatito attempted to come out swinging in the second round, but Rungvisai got him against the ropes halfway through the round. Rungvisai attempted to finish off the champion with some hard shots and combos, but Gonzalez managed to stay on his feet and land a couple of shots.

A huge cut developed over Gonzalez’s right eye in the third round, prompting the ref to halt the action. The doctor, however, cleared Chocolatito to continue. Gonzalez finally started to show signs of life in the third, as he was throwing hard combinations to keep the challenger away from the cut. Rungvisai, however, did land a couple of good shots of his own. The fourth round saw a lot of dirty boxing and inside shots, with the champion throwing some good hands in the closing seconds. It was clear here Chocolatito had made a pretty good recovery from the knockdown.

After Chocolatito dominated the fifth round, he continued into the sixth, but the ref had to pause the bout after a headbutt from Rungvisai, prompting a warning for the challenger. The champion continued his onslaught, landing some nice body shots. One more headbutt from Rungvisai and the referee deducts a point.

Despite the point deduction, Rungvisai had a big round seven — re-discovering his range and nearly stumbling Gonzalez towards the end of the round. After Rungvisai controlled the eighth round, he continued to press on in the ninth — specifically targeting a cut on Gonzalez’s face. Round 10 saw Rungvisai control the opening couple of minutes before momentum shifted back to the champion. Both fighters fired away in the championship round, attempting to get a knockout or impress the judges enough.

When the scorecards came in, one judge scored the bout a draw (113-113), while the other two scored the contest in favor of Rungvisai 114-112.

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