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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