Unsolicited advice to Nietes, Casimero, et. al aiming to cross mitts with Chocolatito
HERE’S a simple unsolicited advice to Donnie Ahas Nietes, Johnriel Casimero and others that include Jerwin Ancajas who are raring to have a go at Nicaraguan world pound for pound and now fourweight division champion Roman Chocolatito Gonzales:
Get real and study hard the video tape of the recent bout between Chocolatito and Carlos Cuadras at the Forum in Inglewood, California, where the Mexican not only gave Roman his toughest, hardest competition since Juan Francisco Estrada some years back but also a threat of a first-ever lost.
The erstwhile unbeaten Principe Cuadras officially lost that fight and his WBC super flyweight title to the still undefeated Chocolatito (now 46-0-0) to the tune of 117-111, 116-112 and 115113 scorecard of the all-American judges.
But the scores, particularly the one that gave Gonzales a six-point margin, did not reflect what transpired in the fight in its entirety.
As many others before him, save perhaps for Estrada, Cuadras allowed his machismo to get the better of him and tried to battle Chocolatito mano-a-mano, fire-for-fire in the initial five to six rounds. As a result, Cuadras was thoroughly and soundly beaten as he allowed Gonzales to position him where the Nicaraguan wanted him---along the ropes and in the corners---where he was repeatedly stunned and shaken by Gonzales’s rapid, piston-like combinations.
Cuadras put in his own licks but he was being outworked and outgunned by almost two to one in ratio of connection.
Then at the start of the second half of the fight, Cuadras and his corner made adjustments in his apoproach and strategy.
Seeing how the frenetic pace and the constant attacks by Chocolatito were denying Cuadras any time to think and implement his own moves around the ring, his handlers apparently directed their ward to maintain a certain comfortable distance by lateral movements and some savvy footwork which allowed the Mexican to box and counterpunch more effectively.
And instead of moving back straight to avoid Gonzales rushes which made him vulnerable to his opponents looping jabs, his corner made Cuadras to slide to the sides or circle around the Nicaraguan prompting him to miss his shots and allowed Cuadras to counter with his own punches, mostly crosses and hooks.
The strategy worked wonders as Gonzales encountered increasing difficulty positioning Cuadras where he wanted him, thus he not only missed many of his shots but had to restart his offense, while making himself vulnerable to Cuadras’s own attacks and counters that not only snapped his head back at times but marked his face as well.
Not only the sign of frustration was clearly painted on Chocolatito’s face but also bruise, welts and cuts.
For the first time, the great Chocolatito looked really human and beatable.
That fight against Cuadras and before versus Estrada, also a very proficient technical and tactical fighter, provided the formula of how to handle, negate and beat the Nicaraguan great.
Though Nietes and Casimero are tough, strong and hard-hitting fighters, they have to take the cue from that Cuadras bout where tactical and strategic adjustments--belated as they maybe--- almost let go of Chocolatito’s “0”.