Part of the "Ring of Diamonds" card featured a special attraction bout between unbeaten Nicaraguan sensation Roman Gonzalez, one of the most impressive offensive fighters on the planet, and Filipino Juan Purisima. The bout, acting as a warm up to a Flyweight world title challenge for Gonzalez, was expected to be easy though some, admittedly a very small number, had indicated that this could be a potential banana skin bout.
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The bout was as much of a mismatch as expected by fans. Gonzalez (39-0, 33) did as he wished and swiftly broke down the our matched and hugely out gunned Filipino who was never really in the bout. Gonzalez seemed to hurt Purisima every time he landed and more worryingly was the fact Gonzalez never got out of second gear.
Thankfully the referee had heart and didn't let the beating become a prolonged one as he stopped Purisima (11-5-1, 4) in just the 3rd round.
Whilst the bout was a clear mismatch the key was Gonzalez's appearance in a Japanese ring. He used the opportunity to make an impression on the Japanese fans and than thanks Akira Yaegashi for agreeing to fight him later in the year.
Whilst many will complainthat this was a mismtach, you've got to remember that this contest wasn't about Gonzalez v Purisima but was instead about Gonzalez v Yaegashi, a bout that is all but confirmed if Yaegashi can defeat Odilon Zaleta later today.
We believe that the the opponent for Nicaraguan sensation Roman "El Chocolatito" Gonzalez (38-0, 32) for his upcoming bout on April 6th has been named.
Gonzalez, who is expected to fight Akira Yaegashi later this year, was originally expected to fight a tough opponent though it appears his camp have taken the approach of fighting an easy bout rather than letting Gonzalez run a risk of picking up a cut. Instead of a testing opponent it seems that Gonzalez's camp have settled on Filipino Juan Purisima (11-4-1, 4), pictured.
Purisima, a 22 year old who is based in General Santos City, lost his most recent bout to Ukrainian Artem Dalakian though has not been stopped since a 4th stoppage defeat on his debut to Rommel Asenjo, who is currently world ranked.
This bout, on the undercard of Yaegashi's fight with Odilon Zaleta and Naoya Inoue's title challenge with Adrian Hernandez, is likely to see Gonzalez going through the gears before a Yaegashi bout. Although the bout is an "easy one" it will give Yaegahsi a chance to take a close look at Gonzalez and likewise will allow Gonzalez a chance to study Yaegashi ahead of a genuine Flyweight superbout.
(Picture courtesy of Boxrec.com)
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