The bout will be Gonzalez's first defense of the WBC Super Flyweight title and has been made following a break down in talks for a rematch between Gonzalez and former champion Carlos Cuadras, the man Gonzalez beat for the title last year. When demands for the purse to make the fight was two high Gonzalez's team are said to have began negotiations with several parties with Srisaket being the man who was apparently the easiest to deal with.
For Gonzalez the bout is a baptism of fire as he begins his 4th chamionship reign. The talented "Chocolatito" has had reigns at Minimumweight, Light Flyweight and Flyweight and been a dominant force at all 3 weight classes. At Super Flyweight however he is outsized and will struggle to have the same success he had at the lower weights, somethign that was clear when Cuadras refused to topple over and instead took the best Gonzalez has and fought back, in an ultra-competitive fight.
In Srisaket, also known as Wisaksil Wangek, we see Gonzalez up against an ultra-aggressive, heavy handed steam roller of a fighter. On paper Srisaket looks like a big punching fighter and although picking through his record shows a mostly "Thai style" mixture of opponents he is a top class fighter. Through his career he has steam rolled through the likes of Yota Sato, Hirofumi Mukai and Jose Salgado and has lost only once since early 2010, a technical decision loss to Cuadras in Mexico. His record was marked up early on, when he lost 3 of his first 5 bouts including a defeat on debut to Akira Yaegashi, but turned a 1-3-1 record around winning 40 of his last 41 fights.
The bout will, as previously mentioned, take place on March 18th at Madison Square Garden as part of the under-card of Gennady Golovkin's much anticipated bout with Danny Jacobs, that same card will also feature WBO Cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.