For Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1), also a WBC Asian Boxing Council Super Flyweight champion, this performance extended his win streak to 17 straight, which includes 15 knockouts.
For those who don't remember, in their initial contest, boos filled the arena as the judges read the scorecards, awarding Sor Rungvisai WBC Super Flyweight title while handing Gonzalez the first loss of his professional career. The two fought earlier in the year in what will surely be a candidate for Fight of the Year in 2107. Moments later, however, Sor Rungvisai, a southpaw, turned out the lights with another heavy right hand that flattened Gonzalez (46-2, 38 KOs), 30, a national hero in Nicaragua.
Speaking after successfully retaining his title, Sor Rungvisai said: I trained really hard for four months ahead of this fight and it paid off.
At a news conference this week, Rungvisai's advisor said the fighter had been forced to eat meals from his work as a trash collector before beginning to post a string of boxing victories that culminated in the remarkable upset of Gonzalez, who was considered to be among the world's best pound-for-pound fighters.
In the rematch, however, Gonzalez never looked comfortable and did not show much. Gonzalez was down for several minutes while receiving medical attention.
"I've seen Nieves fight and know he is coming to win, I must fight at my best to be victorious". "I'm progressing well. I have the will to win and the ability to perform what I practiced in the gym".
Vincent Collet reste sélectionneur de l'équipe de France — Euro (H)
La première compétition après la retraite de la star se solde donc par un flop. "Nous allons tourner la page de l'Euro ". L'équipe de France de basket-ball quitte l'Euro par la petite porte.
Gonzalez entered Madison Square Garden undefeated and regarded as the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. But Gonzalez, a disciple of the late, great Hall of Famer and Nicaraguan legend Alexis Arguello, appeared undersized in the 115-pound division.
He said: "He's been scared of me for years, Estrada, he is a true chicken". He won world titles in four weight divisions, from strawweight to junior bantamweight, and became the pound-for-pound No. 1.
Promoter Tom Loeffler, however, said he thinks Gonzalez still has a future. He beat the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and beat him in NY, and then he beat him more convincingly the second time.
"I will fight whoever", Sor Rungvisai said. If you have yet to watch the fight, do yourself a favor and watch it HERE, be warned - the commentary is not in English.
The champion lost the title back in 2014 to Carlos "Principe" Cuadras (36-1), who will be on the card in the eliminator fight versus opponent Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada (35-2). Whomever the victor is between Cuadras and Estrada, they will be the mandatory matchup to face the victor of Rungvisai and Gonzalez. In the co-feature, fellow junior bantamweight titlist Naoya Inoue retained his belt by dominant sixth-round knockout of Antonio Nieves.
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