2020 Feb 29

Kal Yafai vs. Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez

12 rounds, for Yafai's WBA junior bantamweight title

2 years ago, Roman Gonzalez was considered by many the pound-for-pound nr 1 in the World. Then he lost and all of a sudden he was washed up, a bum, never that good to begin with etc. etc. Boxing fans and some insiders turn on fighters very quickly and it happens all the time unfortunately. Joshua was the man in the heavyweight division until he lost to Ruiz and then suddenly he was a bum, too muscular, too slow hands, no chin, quitter etc. After that everybody said Wilder was the man, he would beat everybody. He might be the biggest puncher in history. When he lost, it took less than 24 hours before everybody turned on him. They said Wilder has always been a terrible boxer; he is done, no need for a rematch, only a puncher, weak body etc.

In boxing, you are only as good as your last performance unfortunately according to how the game works. Roman Gonzalez lost 2 times to the same man being Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and he took a beating. He might not be the same after those fights because he really took a lot of damage not only physically but emotionally. His confidence took a big hit also and you can´t blame him for that but that doesn´t mean he can´t fight. Let us be clear about something; Roman Gonzalez is still a very good fighter and he is only 32 years old. He regained himself with 2 straight wins since then and he is now facing another very tough challenge in Khalid Yafai (26-0) from the United Kingdom. Yafai is the favourite to win this fight according to the bookies but he really has never faced anyone that resembles Gonzalez. Let´s face it; Not many fighters resembles Gonzalez because of his high quality pressuring style and the ability to throw over a 1000 punches a fight without fatiguing. Yafai will do anything in his power to keep this fight on the outside while Gonzalez will try to maneuver his way in where he can throw punches in bunches. (Sign in below to get our pick and prediction.)

We see Gonzalez rising to the occasion and putting in another magnificent performance and winning a close decision over Khalid Yafai. Gonzalez´s confidence will rise as the fight progresses and he will take over in the 2nd half of the fight to take a lead on the cards. The Pick is Roman Gonzalez to win by decision for a price of +300 (4.00 decimal odds)

The Pick: Roman Gonzalez by decision
Odds: +300 (4.00 decimal odds)
Units: 10
Start time: 9pm ET / 6pm PT