Opinion | Mar 21 2017

Dethroned hero Roman Gonzalez wants to reclaim his crown

Roman Gonzalez turned in an extraordinary performance but lost his title, writes Lee Gormley
Roman Gonzalez
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IN a New York-based gym in the build-up to their respective Madison Square Garden outings, former opponents Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras trained alongside each other as intrigued observers watched on.

The pair had collided in a 12-round epic at The Forum in California only six months prior, with Nicaraguan star ‘Chocolatito’ earning a unanimous decision victory to become his nation’s first ever four-weight world champion.

Having claimed that WBC super-flyweight title from Cuadras’ grasp on American soil, the pound-for-pound great found himself hitting the heavy bag only inches away from his previous Mexican rival in training for his maiden defence.