Opinion | Mar 14 2017

Roman Gonzalez is closing in on Floyd Mayweather’s record

Roman Gonzalez is not far off 49-0
Roman Gonzalez
Roman Gonzalez  |  Chris Farina/K2

THIS weekend, Roman Gonzalez makes the first defence of his WBC super-flyweight title against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in New York. He will also be looking to maintain his incredible unbeaten run.

Nicaragua’s first ever four-weight world champion, ‘Chocolatito’ will go 47-0 this weekend if he prevails, as he is expected to. He is the favourite because he is the best fighter, pound-for-pound, on the planet.

He took that mantle when Floyd Mayweather retired in 2015 and the pair could be linked in another way should Gonzalez keep winning. Mayweather, as he so often reminds us, retired at 49-0, matching Rocky Marciano’s perfect record.