Widely regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the world, undefeated super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO's) has is hands full this weekend at Madison Square Garden when he takes on mandatory challenger Srisaket Sor Rungsival (41-4, 38 KO's). The fight will be the co-feature to the middleweight showdown between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs. A couple days ahead of the showdown, Gonzalez stated that he is not looking passed Rungsival, even though Carlos Cuadras has been letting his tongue loose on the pound for pound champion.
"It doesn’t really matter what he says." Gonzalez stated when asked how he felt about Cuadras continuing to call him out for a rematch. "If he wants to go ahead and get into a verbal match with me, that’s not what I am going to focus on. I am the champion right now. I realize that the rematch is down the line."
Gonzalez believes that hard training could lead to a knockout over Cuadras in the rematch.
"As I look at a fight coming up against Carlos Cuadras again I realize I have to train harder. Every opponent presents different challenges. I do believe that the second fight, the rematch, will be better. But heading into the rematch, assuming all goes according to plan, I will be confident and I know he will be a little bit more because of the time we shared in the ring. I do believe I can go out there and get the knockout in the rematch."
Though the anticipated rematch with Cuadras is on everyone's minds Gonzalez must first get passed a tough Rungsival this weekend. Gonzalez admits to knowing his campaign at 115 wasn't going to be an easy one, however he is ready to continue taking on the toughest challengers he can.
"I always know it’s going to be a different rival and challenge. Against Carlos Cuadras it was a great fight and I certainly learned a lot in that match-up and especially in my training camp. Every camp is very good. Every camp runs very well when it comes to training in Costa Rica. I like it because I almost feel at home as if in Nicaragua. There are mountains here and water and I just feel so comfortable in Costa Rica. I have always had respect for my opponent and it was a very tough fight at 115. Never did I think it was going to be easy campaigning in this division at 115 - it takes time to get used to and I think that’s what is happening at the moment but I think I will be fine."