Roman Gonzalez knocked out in Srisaket rematch

Ryan Songalia
Roman Gonzalez knocked out in Srisaket rematch
Roman Gonzalez is knocked down twice in round 4 by right hooks, possibly signaling the end of his reign as an elite fighter

MANILA, Philippines – Roman “Chocolatito” suffered his second straight defeat as he was knocked out cold in round 4 by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in their rematch Saturday, September 9 (Sunday Manila time) at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

Gonzalez (46-2, 38 knockouts) was dropped twice in round 4 by right hooks, the second of which put him out for the count at the 1:18 mark as the Thai retained the WBC super flyweight title he won by upsetting the Nicaraguan Gonzalez by majority decision this past March.

Gonzalez, 30, had been ranked number one pound-for-pound by several outlets before the loss to Rungvisai (44-4-4, 40 KOs) and was a champion at 105, 108 and 112 pounds before stepping up to 115, where larger opponents were able to stand up to his combination punching. 

“For the first fight I only trained two months. This fight I knew I was going to knock him out,” Srisaket said.

“I am not scared of anyone.”

Earlier in the night, Fil-Am former champion Brian Viloria improved to 38-5 (23 KOs) with a fifth round knockout of Miguel Cartagena in the scheduled 8-round bout. –

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