On Wednesday, HBO announced that they would be broadcasting a fight between undefeated, three-division champion Roman Gonzalez and undefeated super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras on September 10. Boxing fans have reason to rejoice. This is a true super fight.
Over the past year, Gonzalez has at long last begun to get the respect he deserves. Hardcore fans have been tracking his career through Boxrec and Youtube for years, but only in May 2015 did he finally make his premium cable debut in the United States, after he had already run his record to 42-0 with 36 KOs, while winning world championships in three divisions.
But once more casual American fans finally got the chance to see Gonzalez fighting in primetime, his stock shot up immediately. After Floyd Mayweather’s retirement, Chocolatito emerged as the consensus pound-for-pound top star.
At this point, Gonzalez has reached the point in his career where he’s fighting history at the same time as he fights opponents. He has established himself as a generational talent. He’s competing now to prove that he’s one of the greatest sub-bantamweight fighters of all time.
If that’s his goal, Cuadras is a great opponent. Like the 29-year-old Gonzalez, the 27-year-old Cuadras is an elite talent in his athletic prime. His breakout fight came in 2013, when he stopped veteran contender Victor Zaleta in seven rounds. In 36 fights, the only blemish on his record came by technical draw against Jose Salgado in September 2014, in a fight where he had won all of the first three rounds.
With a KO percentage of 75 percent, Cuadras should absolutely have the power to compete against Gonzalez, who is, after all, moving up in weight.
This is the rare fight with historical importance. Cuadras is a promising champion and can greatly burnish his legacy by defeating a legend like Gonzalez.
But for Gonzalez, this is a chance to put himself firmly in the rankings among the best small fighters of all time.