Earlier today it was announced that WBC Flyweight champion, and all round boxing destroyer, Roman Gonzalez (40-0, 34) would be defending his title against world class Filipino veteran Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20) on November 22nd, confirming a rumour that had been mentioned in the Filipino press.
Prior to the announce of Fuentes as the opponent we had known that Gonzalez was confirmed for the November 22nd date after a Teiken announcement regarding a show on that date. The first bout for the show to formerly announced was a WBC Super Featherweight title bout between between defending champion Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20), a huge punching Japanese world champion,and mandatory challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19), himself a monster puncher from Mexico. From then n though we were awaiting confirmation of Gonzalez's opponent.
In Fuentes we have a very capable fighter who goes into this bout ranked #8 by the WBC, #13 by the IBF and #15 by the WBO. Those world rankings are reflective of his ability and record in one of boxing's most packed divisions. Aged 28 he has lost just twice in the last 8 years, once in a split decision to Richie Mepranum and once in a hard fought decision to Amnat Ruenroeng in Thailand, in what was Fuentes's first world title bout and his most recent contest.
Although on paper this is a mismatch between an unbeaten lower weight superstar and a man who has never won a world title and has 7 losses we actually think this could be a very good one and Fuentes is significantly better than his record indicates and has a style that is made for excitement, just like Gonzalez. That's not to say we suspect Gonzalez will lose, but we do suspect we'll see a very fun and action packed contest, for as long as it lasts.
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