Roman Gonzalez balking at retirement, wants a shot at Kal Yafai’s WBA title

It was only a few weeks ago that former four-division world champion Roman Gonzalez told a Nicaraguan newspaper that he was “ready to retire.”

Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KO’s), 30, of Nicaragua, suffered a brutal fourth-round knockout loss to WBC super flyweight world champion Srisraket Sor Rungvisai in a highly-anticipated rematch earlier this month at The Forum in Inglewood.

The defeat was Gonzalez’s second to Rungvisai in less than 12 months. He also suffered a decision loss in March. Although a majority of people thought Gonzalez had won the first encounter, there was no question who was the better fighter in the sequel.

Now, Gonzalez appears to be pushing the retirement talk to the side, and is aiming for another title shot at 115 pounds against the undefeated Kal Yafai (22-0, 14 KO’s), 28, of the United Kingdom, who holds the WBA world title at super flyweight, and is promoted by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

Yafai is also scheduled to defend his title against Sho Ishida on October 28.

“I would love to fight for the WBA championship [against Yafai], and Akihoro Honda [Gonzalez’s promoter] thinks it’s what we will be looking for. We’ve already talked about that,” said Chocolatito via Boxing Scene.

“I would like to be champion in another organization to unify titles. It’s a shame [that I lost to Rungvisai] because if I would have won, I could have faced Naoya Inoue in Japan to unify our belts.”

Previously, Gonzalez said his children would decide on whether or not he would continue to fight.

“In the end, God decides, but I’m ready to retire from boxing,” he candidly stated. “I’m going to sit with my children. They will make the decision. If one day something bad happens to me, they are the only ones left.”

Gonzalez is clearly having second thoughts about retirement. But after suffering such a vicious knockout in a fight where he was completely dominated, exactly how much does he have left to offer in boxing?

Regardless of his decision, Gonzalez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and will go down as one of the most exciting fighters of our generation. However, the last thing anyone wants to see is Gonzalez go out with another nasty knockout.

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