Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dustin's Corner: Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez Falls to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

Hold up, wait a minute, let me put The People’s Red Head in It!

Finally, The People’s Red Head has come back to The Weigh-In.

WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, dominated Chocolatito from the opening bell. This match was night and day from the first time they met in the squared circle. Chocolatito was never really able to get into the fight. While he showed moments of his former self, he just looked to be outclassed by Rungvisai.

It appeared Rungvisai spent his time training with the likes of Sagat out of his native Thailand following the previous war he had with Chocolatito. For those of you who never played a video game, shame on you all. Sagat is the fictional character from Street Fighter, and perhaps Matt Ward’s biological father… (That is for a different article at a different time! Just kidding!) However, what Rungvisai did to Chocolatito looked like something out of the video game.

The first round was a feeling out round. Chocolatito did not do much in the way of activity. In addition, there was a warning from the referee regarding headbutts, which we all know impacted the first match.

In the second round, it appeared Rungvisai was getting the better of the exchanges. Chocolatito was landing, but exchanges ended with Rungvisai landing the more meaningful punches.

In the third round, Chocolatito gave the fans a show, landing something like eight straight punches with around a minute to go in the round. However, Rungvisai answered with a barrage of his own punches and once again, seemed to get the better of the exchange.

In the fourth round, Chocolatito was dropped twice. The second knock down came from Rungvisai’s right hand, and many questioned whether or not retirement papers were attached to it. The knockout was stunning and shocking for the many fans of Chocolatito. Both fighters have a special place among fans, and both are true warriors.

What is most concerning is the way Chocolatito went down. He was tended to in the corner for several minutes following the knockout. As a precautionary measure, Chocolatito was taken to a local hospital following the bout. The fight left this writer and the boxing world to wonder, what is next for Rungvisai? Additionally, was this the last time we will see Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez?

The People’s Red Head OUT!

- Dustin Johnson, The People's Red Head

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