In boxing, you can get lucky enough to catch a great fight nearly any weekend. Classic ring wars might not happen as often as we wish, but they can happen at any time.
To catch something truly historic, you have to stay patient and find yourself at the right place in time.
This weekend, we will be at the right place in time, as undefeated three-division world champion Roman Gonzalez looks to capture a world title in a fourth weight class, when he moves up to 115 pounds to challenge undefeated WBC champ Carlos Cuadras, at the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, California.
With a record of 45-0 and 38 KOs, Gonzalez is already the consensus pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter in the world. Against Cuadras, he is looking to strengthen his claim as one of the greatest sub-bantamweight fighters to ever compete.
It is hard to really rate fighters from different eras against each other. Boxrec.com rates Pascual Perez as the top flyweight of all time and John Tapia at 115. I think BoxingScene’s list is a bit better, with Jimmy Wilde and Pacho Villa one and two at flyweight.
At the lowest weight classes, the lack of big money can make it tough to pull together the best possible fighters from across the globe. Gonzalez has faced some lower-level opponents, even as he has reigned at the top of his divisions.
But he has defeated some of the best of his era, as well. Edgar Sosa was a faded version of himself when Gonzalez smashed him in two rounds, but a former world champion with major wins on his resume. Brian Viloria was a bit long in the tooth when Gonzalez stopped him in nine last year, but he remains one of the best flyweights of this century.
Gonzalez beat long-reigning minimumweight champion Katsunari Takayama when he held the WBA 105-pound title. He defeated Juan Francisco Estrada, himself arguably a pound-for-pound top 10, at 108 pounds in 2012.
Cuadras will be the biggest achievement of his career, if Gonzalez can beat him. The super flyweight champion has never lost in 36 fights and has a KO ratio of 75 percent. He has defeated very good opponents such as Luis Concepcion, Victor Zaleta and Richie Mepranum.
This is no sure thing for Gonzalez. But the reward for him here is one that will register in the record books.