THOUGH the event will be taking place 3000 miles away from Managua, Saturday night’s fight between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) will be one of the most important in Nicaraguan sports history. A press conference was held in Inglewood, California on Tuesday in advance of the momentous clash.
A national hero in his own right, Gonzalez has walked down a trail blazed by his countryman, the late, great Alexis Arguello. This weekend, he aims to surpass his former mentor as he chases his fourth world title in as many divisions.
“Thanks to my friend Carlos Cuadras who has given me this opportunity to fight for a fourth world title,” said Gonzalez. “This coming Saturday is a very hard, very difficult fight. I know God is watching over me and will give me the strength to come out victorious.”