Gonna be dynamite going off in them Golden Hills of California when #1 Flyweight Roman Gonzalez, 45-0, 38 KO challenges #1 Super Fly Carlos Cuadras, 35-0-1, 27 KO, for his WBC superbelt at the Forum, Inglewood, California on Saturday, September 10th.
Again, boxing seems to be having an exceptional year of sorts regarding top prime matchups that too often failed to be made in the recent past. I guess they had to do something by default after driving their collective state of ship into the rocks with their poorly regulated, past prime, mega blockbuster of Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather Jr, aka TUE 49-0. The most lucrative fiasco in boxing history generated multi million dollar lawsuits as boxing was exposed nakedly before their largest audience ever as the seedy, greedy, corrupt sport that has been driving away fans in droves these days. Gonzalez is in full HOF sway at 29 years of age and thus far scarcely missed a beat, usually completely outclassing his foes by judicious use of his formidable skills and 84% KO ratio. He is also moving up to his fourth division after holding titles in the 3 lower divisions, so clearly he has been aiming high and means to take no prisoners. Life in boxing has been good to him thus far, currently ranked Ring #1 P4P over all the big boys.
Cuadras has been much steadier at this weight and may possibly be the naturally bigger man though his 5-4 height is not much over the 5-3 of Gonzalez, nor is his 66″ listed reach much over the Gonzalez 64″ just using boxrec listings that tend to be more in a general range of accuracy rather than specific. This will be the 7th defense of Quadras’ title he won back in 2014 and by far the best opponent he’s ever faced, so he’ll be the underdog in this scrap. He seems to be fairly heavy handed also with a KO% of 79%, which given the often hellish pace the little guys usually set, means there’ll be plenty of TNT charges going off in this one in between careful boxing while looking for openings.
Quadras got off the first combination in this fight just days before the weighin when he anointed himself, “I’m faster, more handsome than Chocolatito!” He does have a tall, urbane look to him and maybe in another era might have been a flashy bullfighter moving his red flag with aplomb around the angry beast before dispatching him in an artistic dance of death. So this fight looks to be the movie star against the dumpling playing the role of the bull, except this dumpling much more intelligent and experienced than any bull could be. And one more thing, these little guys bust up the glass ceiling of US boxing headliners not only by dint of their diminutive sizes, but by their nationalities, Gonzalez being Nicaraguan and Quadras being Mexican.
These are two foreigner intruders brought over to American soil to thankfully to provide a real fight for typically soft, modern, plus sized Americans who have rather unfortunately gravitated to the ignoble stink science of the sport rather than the ennobling traditional sweet science of boxing. Let’er rip as the chips fall where they may!