Srisaket, Gonzalez square off for title
Thai WBC champion confident of another win over fancied Nicaraguan fighter tomorrow morning
>> 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.