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22 SEPTEMBER 2014

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On the Move: SecondsOut World Rankings 9/22/13


Gonzalez  is still No.1 at 108lbs
Gonzalez is still No.1 at 108lbs

By Derek Bonnett: The discussion started some time ago really, but in the wake of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s recent dismissal of Saul Alvarez and the impending countdown to his retirement, the boxing world continues to speculate: who will be the heir to the number one Pound for Pound crown? A myriad of names enter the topic of discussion depending on the source of conversation. Andre Ward seems the most likely candidate, but his similarity to Mayweather in dominance is also met with a stark likeness in inactivity as well. Gennady Golovkin’s name generates much hope and he seems to have the goods to take him there, but will those goods continue to shine as he rises to the next level of opposition? Adrien Broner has the desire to be number one, but simply wanting to be like Floyd Mayweather Jr. is not enough. Especially when enough fans felt he lost his biggest fights to Daniel Ponce De Leon and Paulie Malignaggi. Broner’s decree that "It does not matter who you fight" does not bode well for a Pound for Pound ascension. Can Wladimir Klitschko and Juan Manuel Marquez hang around long enough in the win columns to see their names reach the pinnacle of the Pound for Pound mountain? Unlikely.

 

There is one name out there that is consistently overlooked among serious Pound for Pound debate. Those in the know usually have him hanging around near the bottom half of the rankings and that name is Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez. Gonzalez easily the second best fighter to emerge from Nicaragua after Alexis Arguello and is the closest thing to technical perfection we have seen in the lightest divisions since Ricardo Lopez. The two-division champion has been on my radar since 2007 and has worn a world title since 2008. At 36-0 (30), Gonzalez has displayed precision punching with brutal power. His hooks to the body and uppercuts have produced textbook executions of serious world class opposition from 105 to 108 pounds. Yet, major boxing networks such as HBO and Showtime have failed to take an interest in helping to share boxing’s littlest great with fans across the globe.

 

The Pound for Pound system has evolved and been contorted over the years, but it’s original purpose was to make styles, not resumes, for their effectiveness against one another in a mythical realm with the constraints of weight divisions. After Floyd Mayweather Jr., it is hard to imagine a style more adept at toppling all others than that of WBA light flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez’.

 

 


On Saturday, September 21, at Crown Plaza, Managua, Nicaragua, Roman Gonzalez stopped  Francisco Rodriguez Jr. in the seventh round of flyweight non-title bout. The WBA junior flyweight champion was in control, but the stoppage seemed hasty at the 1:10 mark. Gonzalez raised his ledger to 36-0 (30). Rodriguez fell to 11-2 (9).

 

Gonzalez remains the uncontested number 108-pounder at SecondsOut.

 

Also on the card, Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. stopped Darwin Zamora in seven rounds of bantamweight bout. The former 115-pound champion was recently stripped of his title for failing to make weight. Sanchez raised his record to 17-1-1 (9). Zamora fell to 21-9-1 (18).

 

Sanchez Jr. rose in weight to the bantamweight division and entered the SecondsOut rankings at seven after previously being number one at 115. The previous number seven through nine contenders fell one ranking. Pungluang Sor Singyu stepped out from the top ten for the time being.

 

At Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Robinson Castellanos defeated Derrick Wilson by KO in the sixth round of a featherweight contest. A right handed dropped Wilson and ended the fight in the sixth. Castellanos, a contemporary "Cinderella Man", won for the eleventh straight time to raise his record to 19-9 (12). Wilson fell to 10-5-2 (3).

Castellanos remained SecondsOut’s seventh ranked featherweight in the world.

Also on the move, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was dropped from the SecondsOut middleweight rankings due to inactivity. He will be reassessed as a super middleweight after next week’s scheduled bout with Brian Vera. Sam Soliman returned to the top ten to fill the vacancy.

 

SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, September 29:

 

On Saturday, September 28:

At Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Adonis Stevenson versus Tavoris Cloud in a twelve round WBC light heavyweight title bout; Jean Pascal versus George Blades in a ten round light heavyweight bout.

 

At Mega Plaza Norte, Lima, Peru: Alberto Rossel versus Jose Alfredo Zuniga in a twelve round interim WBA light flyweight title bout.

 

At Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom: Andy Lee versus Domenico Spada in a twelve round middleweight bout.

 

At StubHub Center, Carson, California, USA: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Brian Vera in a twelve round super middleweight bout; Diego Magdaleno versus Edgar Riovalle in a ten round super featherweight bout; Karim Mayfield versus Pavel Miranda in a ten round junior welterweight bout

 

To check out Derek’s SecondsOut rankings click on the link below http://www.digenie.net/sorankings/p_so_world.asp 

 

For further boxing discussion, contact Derek DBO Bonnett on Facebook or at dbo@boxinghideout.com. 

 



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