P4P countdown: No 5: Roman Gonzalez
Luke G. Williams
Over the course of this week, Boxing Monthly online is counting down our latest pound for pound top ten, based on the votes of a panel comprising ten of our writers. Today we reveal the man who came fifth...
Name: Roman Gonzalez
BM online P4P ranking: 5th (down 4 places from last December)
Fight record: 46(38)-1
Report card: By Gonzalez's usual standards 2016 was a relatively inactive year, with just two contests, both of which he won unanimously on points. First up he defeated Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo in a WBC flyweight title defence before moving up to super flyweight to face previously undefeated WBC champ Carlos Cuadras in a back and forth slug-fest. However, Gonzalez ceded his pound for pound king status in March this year when he lost a close majority decision against fearless Thai challenger Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at Madison Square Garden. Although many felt that Gonzalez deserved the nod, this fight made it clear that he is is not the force at 115lbs that he was in the lower weight categories.
Prospects for 2017: Gonzalez is targeting revenge against Srisaket in an eagerly awaited September rematch on a mouthwateringly impressive card that will also see Gonzalez's old rivals Carlos Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada square off and Japanese sensation Naoya Inoue in action. If he defeats Srisaket and the Cuadras vs Estrada victor could Gonzalez reclaim the P4P throne?
Total points from BM P4P ranking panel: 57 - Nine of our panel of ten ranked Gonzalez in their personal top tens, with his highest ranking being second and his lowest eighth. It's clear that there is still a lot of love and respect out there for 'Chocolatito'.
NB: Voting panel for the BM online P4P rankings were: Mark Butcher, Luke Byron, Luke G. Williams, Andrew Harrison, Paul Zanon, James Oddy, Chris Williamson, Callum Rudge, Michael Montero and Martin Chesnutt.
Each panellist ranked their top ten in order, with the boxer placed first receiving ten points, second nine points, third eight points and so on. Boxers were then ranked by the overall number of points accrued.