When we talk about the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet many boxing fans over-look Nicaragua destroyer Roman Gonzalez. Whatever their reason for over-looking him it's fair to say that Gonzalez belongs in the pound-for-pound conversation and if Floyd Mayweather and Guillermo Rigondeaux are the best defensive fights then Gonzalez is the best offensive fighter.
Gonzalez started his career with a very impressive 16 straight stoppages before fighting Japan's teak tough Hiroshi Matsumoto on January 14th 2008. Whilst this was Gonzalez's 17th professional fight it was the 29th fight for Matsumoto, a former 2-time Japanese national title contender, who was 30 years old at the time and considered a man to the baby faced Gonzalez.
Although there was notable differences in age and experience it was Gonzalez who really controlled the bout as he landed repeated uppercuts, shows off his speed, combinations, strength and power to take a clear win over the Japanese fighter It was Gonzalez's 17th win but it was the first time a fighter had managed to see the final bell against him. It was a brave performance from Matsumoto, especially late as he tried to fight back with a tiring Gonzalez, but he was unable to hurt the Nicaraguan.
Despite losing Matsumoto will never forget the time he took Gonzalez the distance, something very few fighters can say, in fact at the time of writing only 5 men can saw they've heard the final against Gonzalez and Matsumoto was the first. Sadly for Matsumoto he was stopped in 2 of his subsequent 4 bouts before retiring less than 2 years after this bout.
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