Feature | Sep 22 2016

Top five next opponents for Roman Gonzalez

Roman Gonzalez has some exciting options

1. Naoya Inoue

The smallest superfight available. These two multi-weight undefeated champions and outstanding fighters and potential clash between them has had fans salivating for a couple of years now.

Inoue, just 23, is already a two weight world champion. In 2014 he captured the WBC light-flyweight belt, beating current WBA champion Ryoichi Taguchi along the way. He then leapfrogged the flyweight division (which Gonzalez was ruling at the time) and blitzed WBO super-flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez in two rounds.

He’s defended the title three times since then and looked dominant in each outing. After Gonzalez defeated Cuadras for the WBC 115lb title, WBO President Paco Valcarcel said that “everything [is] now ready for the battle of the little giants.”

Though it wouldn’t have the sort of crossover appeal like Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward is likely to enjoy, it is still right up there in terms of importance.