By Miguel Rivera
A deal is inching closer for the next opponent for former four division world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is slated to return to the ring on December 8, as part of the the final televised boxing card on HBO’s airwaves. A few weeks ago, the network announced that after 45-years they had come to a decision to drop boxing.
The opponent for Gonzalez is likely going to be former world champion Pedro ‘Pedrin’ Guevara, according to ESPN Deportes.
Guevara (32-3-1, 19 KOs) has reportedly reached an agreement to fight Gonzalez (47-2, 39 KO’s) in a contest scheduled for 10 rounds at the super flyweight limit.
The two boxers were in line to fight each other back in May, as part of Gennady Golovkin’s return in Los Angeles, but there wasn’t enough time to carry out the fight.
Guevara comes back from a win over Roberto Sanchez on September 1, in a battle for the Fecarbox belt of the World Boxing Council in super flyweight.
Gonzalez, who will take part in his 50th fight as a professional, is returning from a spectacularly knockout victory over former champion Moises Fuentes – which took place on September 15 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – as part of the undercard to the Canelo-Golovkin rematch.
The win over Fuentes was the first victory for Gonzalez in almost two years. Prior to that, he lost back to back fights to WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.
At the time of his first career defeat, Gonzalez was regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. The Nicaraguan boxer has fought on HBO seven times already, and it seems that number 8 will be his last. On the big screen he had a 5-2 record and was also very essential in opening the door for lucrative opportunities for other fighters in the super flyweight division.