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Monday’s Boxing Thoughts: ‘Chocolatito’ stunned in California classic as Usyk shines in Berlin

Sor Rungvisai stops Gonzalez, Inoue's 'Monster' story continues and Usyk makes a dominant start to life in the WBSS.


Srisaket Sor Rungvisai crushes Roman Gonzalez in four rounds

Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has secured back-to-back victories over pound-for-pound contender Roman Gonzalez after the 30-year-old stopped ‘Chocolatito’ in four rounds on Saturday night.

Both super flyweights traded leather in an entertaining and fast paced opening three rounds, but with Rungvisai being first to the punch in most of the exchanges, the pro-Gonzalez crowd soon muted as the Thai fighter stepped up the gears. In the fourth, Rungvisai dropped Gonzalez with a sickening right hook to which the Nicaraguan beat the count, however with his legs clearly wobbling, the champion smelt blood and went for the kill.

With another clinical right hand, Rungvisai landed on Gonzalez’s chin which laid him flat on the canvas with the referee being left no other option but to wave the fight off.

Retaining his title and ending all controversy surrounding their first meeting in March, the Thai WBC super flyweight champion has well and truly ended the ‘Chocolatito’ era at the lower weights, with many expecting the Nicaraguan to regain his title in California.

Speaking after the fight, Sor Rungvisai said:

 “I trained really hard for four months ahead of this fight and it paid off. I fought for Thailand and the pride of my country, I dedicate this win to my home country. For the first fight, I only trained for two months, I knew this time I would knock him out.”

For Gonzalez, the future is unclear, however after going 46-0 before his two losses to ‘El Wisaksil’ there will be no desire to write off the title credentials of ‘Chocolatito’ in years to come, albeit maybe back at flyweight.

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Naoya Inoue retains WBO strap in style

24-year old WBO super flyweight champion Naoya Inoue (14-0, 12 KO), scored a knockdown in round five en route to a sixth round corner stoppage of 30-year old Antonio Nieves on Saturday night in California.

With punishing work to the body at a controlled and measured pace, the Japanese youngster used a methodical approach to get the victory in fine fashion, with many fans now calling for a unification bout against Sor Rungvisai.

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Benavidez becomes youngest 168-pound champion in history

Boxing has a new youngest world champion after super middleweight David Benavidez’s latest victory over Ronald Gavril. Benavidez, a 20-year-old from Phoenix, claimed the WBC super middleweight title Friday night in a split decision in Las Vegas.

The fight ended in dramatic style in the 12th round, which included a Gavril left hook that knocked Benavidez down with less than a minute left as well as a flurry of punches from both fighters looking to take the decision away from the judges.

Benavidez (19-0, 17 KOs) won on two of the scorecards, 116-111 and 117-111, while Gavril had one scorecard in his favour, 116-111.

Usyk dominates Huck in World Boxing Super Series opener

Ukranian cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk made easy work of former champion Marco Huck in their opening bout of the World Boxing Super Series, as he stopped the German inside ten rounds.

With Usyk’s speed and footwork being a clear class above in the early rounds it didn’t take long for the WBO champion to ease into a clear lead on the scorecards, before finishing in style with a flurry of unanswered punches, leaving Robert Byrd no option but to stop the fight.

The victory marked Usyk’s third defence of the WBO cruiserweight title and has sent him into the semi-finals to face the winner of Briedis vs Perez.

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Estrada edges Cuadras in confused decision

Former WBA and WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) won a narrow unanimous decision over former WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs) on the undercard to Sor Rungvisai-Gonzalez in California.

However, all wasn’t as straight forward as it seemed after ringside announcer Michael Buffer mistakenly announced the decision for Cuadras, sparking a symphony of boos and confusion in the ring for nearly a minute before announcing the correct result in favour of Estrada.

All three judges at the StubHub Centre scored the bout 114-113 in favour of Estrada, who secured the WBC eliminator status with this win, setting him up for a future fight with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for the WBC super flyweight title.

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Lewis Watson

London based boxing Editor, fanatic and all-round lover of the 'Sweet Science'. Growing up in the 90's, Tyson, De La Hoya and Savon grabbed Lewis' attention at an early age, with Hatton-Tzsyu confirming the obsession in 2005.

As a student of the sport, you'll find him flicking through the archives of past "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali fights, as well as wide-eyed on a Sunday for the 5am Vegas bouts.

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Monday’s Boxing Thoughts: ‘Chocolatito’ stunned in California classic as Usyk shines in Berlin

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