Srisaket, Gon­za­lez square off for ti­tle

Thai WBC cham­pion con­fi­dent of an­other win over fan­cied Nicaraguan fighter to­mor­row morn­ing

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>> WBC su­per-fly­weight cham­pion Srisaket Sor Rungvi­sai is con­fi­dent that he will beat Ro­man ‘Cho­co­latito’ Gon­za­lez of Nicaragua again when they meet in a re­match to­mor­row morn­ing, Thai time.

The cham­pi­onship fight at StubHub Cen­ter’s out­door ring in Carson, Cal­i­for­nia will be tele­vised live on Chan­nel 3 at 11am.

The chan­nel will also show live other bouts start­ing at 10am.

“I am ready for the fight,” said the Thai. “I am con­fi­dent that I will win and will give it my all. I hope the Thai fans will cheer me as they have done dur­ing all my pre­vi­ous fights.”

Srisaket (42-4-1, 38KOs) ad­mit­ted that Gon­za­lez would come well-pre­pared.

“Ro­man will have his best pos­si­ble prepa­ra­tion for this fight,” said the 30-year-old south­paw said. “But we will see what hap­pens in the ring and who’s going to land the knock­out blow.”

Srisaket’s man­ager Su­rachart Pisitwut­thi­nan is also equally con­fi­dent.

Su­rachart said: “Srisaket has been train­ing for four months, and he is ready for the ti­tle de­fence. He is fit and in a very good phys­i­cal con­di­tion.”

Srisaket de­throned t he t hen un­beaten Gon­za­lez with a stun­ning ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion at Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York City in March.

It was one of the big­gest up­sets in box­ing his­tory as Gon­za­lez, the only fighter from Nicaragua to win world ti­tles in four weight classes, was a 14-1 favourite to re­tain the ti­tle going into the 12-round fight.

But in a bloody, ac­tion-packed slugfest, Srisaket came out on top with a 114-112, 114-112 and 113113 de­ci­sion.

The Thai sent Gon­za­lez to the can­vas in the first round and the Nicaraguan also suf­fered two nasty cuts be­cause of ac­ci­den­tal head butts dur­ing the fight.

Af­ter the first loss of his ca­reer in 47 fights, Gon­za­lez said he thought he won and de­manded an im­me­di­ate re­match.

Gon­za­lez got his wish when the WBC or­dered the re­match less than three weeks af­ter the loss.

The 29-year-old Gon­za­lez (46-1, 38KOs) is de­ter­mined to re­claim the 115-pound world ti­tle.

“I’m ready to go back into bat­tle and re­claim my WBC cham­pi­onship from Sor Rungvi­sai,” Gon­za­lez said. “I know what I have to do to be­come vic­to­ri­ous and with God’s help I will be cham­pion once again.”

Mean­while, Ja­pan’s Sho Ishida will fight in his first world ti­tle bout next month against WBA su­per-fly­weight cham­pion Khalid Yafai.

The 25-year-old Ishida, the di­vi­sion’s top-ranked chal­lenger, will face the Bri­ton in Cardiff, Wales, on Oct 28.

In June, the WBA an­nounced it had or­dered Yafai to make a manda­tory ti­tle de­fence against Ishida.

The 28-year-old Yafai won his first ti­tle de­fence in May against Ja­pan’s Suguru Mu­ranaka.

Yafai has a per­fect 22-0 record with 14 knock­outs while Ishida is 24-0 with 13 knock­outs.

Srisaket Sor Rungvi­sai, right, punches Ro­man Gon­za­lez dur­ing their first meet­ing in March.

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