THE brilliant career of Roman Gonzalez hangs in the balance after he was dominated and knocked out in the fourth round by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in front of a sell-out 7,418 crowd at Carson’s StubHub Center.
The pair engaged in a thrilling 12-round war in March which culminated controversially when the verdict and WBC super-flyweight belt was handed to Sor Rungvisai, but there was no doubts whatsoever about the victor here, as the southpaw controlled the opening three sessions before flooring the Nicaraguan with a huge right hand in the fourth. Gonzalez – expected beforehand to prove that the first bout was an aberration – managed to get up, but was soon knocked cold by another sizzling blast from the Thai’s right mitt. At 1-18 of the session, referee Tom Taylor signalled the contest was over without bothering to count to hand the southpaw a standout victory.
“I trained very hard for four months,” Sor Rungvisai said afterwards. “I fought for Thailand, and this is what I dedicate this fight to, Thailand. For the first fight I only trained for two months. For this fight I trained for four months. I knew I was going to knock him out.”