Roman Gonzalez Fighter Profile, Bio and Career Record (32-0, 27 KOs)
Roman Gonzalez is the reigning WBA Light Flyweight World Champion. The undefeated 25 year old also previously held the WBA World Minimumweight Championship and is one of the most talented and unknown fighters in the sport today.
Early Professional Career
Roman Gonzalez turned pro on July 5th, 2005 in his home country of Nicaragua with a 2nd round knockout victory of Ramon Urbina. After winning his first fourteen professional fights in Nicaragua against relatively weak opposition, Gonzalez traveled to Japan to face Eriberto Gejon. Gonzalez would destroy Gejon, who came into the fight with an impressive 23-2-1 record, in two rounds.
After five more victories Gonzalez would get a shot at the WBA World Minimumweight Championship against Yutaka Niida in the champion’s home country of Japan. Gonzalez would win the first three rounds before stopping Niida in the fourth round. In just his 20th professional fight, Gonzalez had earned his first World Championship.
Championship Reign and 2nd World Title
Gonzalez would make the first defense of his Minimumweight Championship against Francisco Rosas in Mexico. Gonzalez would muster out a majority decision victory in what has been his toughest fight to date. After three more defenses Gonzalez would move up to Light Flyweight and once again face Rosas for the interim WBA Light Flyweight Championship
The fight took place on October 24, 2010 in Japan and this time Gonzalez would leave no doubt on the result. After winning the first round, Gonzalez would knock Rosas down three times in the 2nd round en route to a 2nd round KO victory. In his next fight, Gonzalez would win the outright WBA Light Flyweight Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Manuel Vargas.
After one defense, Gonzalez would make his US debut for his 2nd defense against Omar Soto in Las Vegas, NV. Gonzalez was impressive in knocking out the veteran Soto in the 2nd round. In his last fight, Gonzalez would once again return to the United States to face Ramon Garcia Hirales in Pomona, CA on April 28th, 2012. Once again Gonzalez would impress and knocked out Hirales in round four. With that victory Gonzalez moved his professional record to 32-0 with 27 knockouts.
If Gonzalez were about forty pounds heavier he would be a household name in boxing. Unfortunately, he fights in weight classes that have been largely ignored by television executives in the United States. However he is an excellent fighter possessing a deadly left hook and his talent alone may soon force many in the sport to take notice.
When looking at opponents one big name that looms on the horizon is Brian Viloria. This could be a potential super fight in the Flyweight division and give the lower weight classes notoriety they have not seen since the Michael Carbajal-Humberto Gonzalez trilogy.