Back in March, Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai scored a colossal upset at Madison Square Garden in New York City, becoming the first man to ever inflict a defeat upon Roman Gonzalez.
Gonzalez went into the bout with a gleaming 46-0 record, having won titles in four divisions. ‘Chocolatito’ was the darling of the diehards and considered by many to be boxing’s pound for pound number one. Had he not been toiling in the sport’s often overlooked lightest weight-classes, suggested his supporters, he would have been the consensus number one and his brilliance combined with his wonderfully exciting style would have made him a global superstar.
The 42-4-1 Srisaket Sor Rungvisai went in with 39 stoppage wins to his name but he was a virtual unknown even among the knowledgeable hardcore fans that adored Gonzalez. His three previous wins had come against professional debutants and his ledger was dotted with no-name journeymen types. There were a few recognizable names on his record, like Akira Yaegashi and Carlos Cuadras, but those two accounted for a pair of the Thai fighter’s four losses. The only win that stood out was his May 2015 TKO of Jose Salgado.
However, Sor Rungvisai, whose birth name is actually Wisaksil Wangek, fought a rough, physical fight. He dropped the great Nicaraguan with a body shot in the opening round and never let up in his pursuit of Gonzalez. His intensity was enough to earn him a somewhat controversial majority decision after twelve rounds and the WBC super-flyweight title.
There was no controversy whatsoever when the pair met in the ring for the sequel at the spiritual home of the blood-soaked boxing war – the StubHub Center in Carson, California – on Saturday night, however.
Sor Rungvisai was predictably aggressive and active from the outset, firing pernicious and percussive left hands to the head, as well as vicious right hands to the body. He continued to turn up the heat in rounds two and three. Gonzalez tried to fire back but the HBO commentary team noted that there was an uncharacteristic hesitancy about his work, a hesitancy that they suggested might be down to a sudden loss of confidence. Sor Rungvisai on the other hand looked oh so assured.
Sor Rungvisai had won the first three but he really came out all guns blazing at the beginning of the fourth. A little over half a minute into the stanza, the explosive southpaw drilled and dropped Gonzalez with a right hook. Gonzalez made it back to a vertical base but he looked very unsteady. Sor Rungvisai jumped all over the wounded warrior and amidst the ensuing assault landed another right hook. This one rendered Gonzalez unconscious.
You can watch the highlights of the fight and the knockout below…
WATCH: Highlights of the WBC super-flyweight title fight between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Roman Gonzalez. https://t.co/IIN4a1s9ON
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Both Sor Rungvisai and Gonzalez are 30 years old, but while the former looks a surging force ready to take the lighter weight-classes by storm, the latter unfortunately has the appearance of a spent one.