Mexico City will host a series of key fights on October 23rd as three world title bouts will take place at Azteca Studios. It will showcase multi-division world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez defending his WBA super flyweight title against Israel Gonzalez, plus WBC super flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada in a rematch against former champion Carlos Cuadras and WBC flyweight champion Julio Cesar Martinez will face Maximino Flores who holds the IBO title. This fight card will be promoted by Matchroom Boxing and Zanfer Promotions.
Roman Gonzalez (49-2, 41 KOs) will be making the first defense of his super flyweight title, coming off the stoppage win in Texas over Khalid Yafai. In 2017, he tasted defeat for the first time in March of that year to Srisaket Sor Rongvisai and then in a rematch months later was stopped in four rounds. He has bounced back with three wins including his performance where he put Yafai to the canvas twice en route to the win for the WBA title and now will prepare for Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11KOs) who lost to Yafai in 2018.
“Chocolatito” is appreciative to step into the ring once again in 2020. “I want to thank God for giving me the strength to endure the sport I love and defend my World title,” he said. I want to thank Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing as well as my family of Teiken. I also want to thank all my fans, especially my Mexican friends and Zanfer promotions for giving me this great opportunity. It is truly a blessing to fight in Mexico and I am ready to give my all on October 23.”
This will be Gonzalez’s third world title shot, and he knows the importance of this bout given its location. “It’s a goal of mine beating Chocolatito especially when the fight is in Mexico,” said Gonzalez. “I feel the compromise of giving a great fight for the fans and for every Mexican fighter that have fought for a World title.”
On September 9th 2017, Juan Francisco Estrada (40-3, 27KOs) and Carlos Cuadras (39-3-1, 27 KOs) engaged in a great bout that went back and forth until the tenth round where Estrada scored a knockdown. It proved to be the difference in the fight as one point separated the two in the scorecards. Now they meet once again in a pivotal bout as Estrada would be in line for a unification bout with Chocolatito by March of next year if both win on October 23rd. Cuadras wants to get his revenge and state his case for a rematch with Chocolatito as he also wants to avenge his loss that took place in 2016.
“I am excited to return to the ring,” said Estrada. “It has been tough months for the whole world and we want to give a great show to all the fans of this sport. The first fight against Cuadras was a good fight, and without a doubt this will be too.”
“I am going to correct the mistakes that were made in the first fight against Gallo to go out with my hand up in this new opportunity that is being presented to me,” said Cuadras. “I want to show that I am one of the best in this division.”
Martinez (16-1, 12KOs) was scheduled to fight McWilliams Arroyo in Tulsa last month but could not due to being ill. Now he defends the WBC flyweight title against Flores (25-4-2, 17 KOs) after coming off a win against Jay Harris in Texas. Both fighters have been in the ring with a common opponent in Andrew Selby, as Flores lost to him in 2017 while Martinez beat Selby in 2019.
The WBC flyweight champion has been in camp with his trainer before his fight was announced. “I’ve been preparing very well here with my trainer Mauricio Aceves,” Martinez said. “I’ve been able to remain active with running and practical skills with the help of Mauricio. We’re just here putting the final touches on my training but I’m very confident that my trainer has me in the best shape for this upcoming fight.”
Flores recognizes that he will come in as the underdog, but he wants to make a statement on October 23rd. “The whole world will know my name when I beat Martinez,” said Flores. “It is a unique opportunity in my career, and I have to take advantage of it. All my life I have prepared for this moment”.