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Gonzales eyes Fuentes in title defense

Gonzales eyes Fuentes in title defense

By: Edri K. Aznar

Sunstar Daily Cebu

AFTER failing his first attempt at a world title, hard-hitting Cebuano pug Rocky Fuentes may get another crack at it and a chance to redeem himself on the world stage.

World Boxing Council (WBC) and lineal flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez has shown interest on Fuentes and wants to defend his title against the Filipino slugger on Nov. 22 in Japan.

“Nothing has been discussed formally yet,” ALA Promotions president Michael Aldeguer told Sun.Star Cebu. “The matchmaker did (contact us). We are open to it, but we still have to agree on some details, then we discuss it formally but we hope to make the fight happen.”

Fuentes finally got his shot at a world title early this year. However, he was outclassed by Amnat Ruenroeng in their International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight bout in Thailand.

This will be Gonzalez’s first title defense after winning the WBC crown earlier this month against one of Japan’s finest, Akira Yaegashi. Gonzalez dropped Yaegashi twice before stopping him in the ninth round of their world title fight in Tokyo.

The 27-year-old Gonzalez is one of the most feared fighters in the lower weight classes. He has already dominated the mini flyweight and light flyweight divisions and is now in his third weight class.

He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) mini-flyweight and light flyweight champion and has beaten the who’s who of the two weight classes. He has beaten the likes of current world champions WBA and World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight titleholder Juan Francisco Estrada, and IBF and WBO mini-flyweight titlist Francisco Rodriguez Jr. and former world champions Ramon Garcia-Hirales, Manuel Vargas, Katsunari Takayama and Yutaka Niida.

“I mean it’s really going to be an uphill climb for Rocky as Gonzalez is one of the best in the world,” said Aldeguer.

Aside from being one of the best in the lower weight classes, the unbeaten Gonzalez is also one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He is ranked at No. 9 in The Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound ratings behind IBF super middleweight king Carl Froch and a notch higher over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

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