Rungvisai-Chocolatito rematch is set for Sept. 9 in Carson
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 07, 2017 09:51 AM
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, of Thailand, poses for photographs after a WBC super flyweight championship boxing match against Roman Gonzalez, of Nicaragua, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in New York. Rungvisai won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has agreed to defend his WBC super flyweight title in a rematch with Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez at StubHub Center's famed outdoor ring Sept. 9.
Promoter Tom Loeffler confirmed the matchup and venue for the main event of the HBO show Thursday. The rematch will be the main event in a tripleheader of fights between the world's top 115-pounders.
Rungvisai (43-4-1, 39 KOs) won the 115-pound title in March with a stunning victory over the previously unbeaten Gonzalez, who was dropped by the Thai challenger in the first round. Rungvisai hung on for a majority decision to claim the title in a punishing 12-round bout, beating his Nicaraguan opponent 114-112 on two judges' cards at Madison Square Garden.
Gonzalez (46-1-0, 38 KOs) was widely considered the world's top pound-for-pound fighter before the loss, which is already considered one of the top fights of the year. The WBC ordered an immediate rematch.
The card at the outdoor ring south of downtown Los Angeles also features the U.S. debut of WBO 115-pound champion Naoya Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs) of Japan. He will take on Antonio Nieves of Cleveland. Inoue already has defended his title five times since taking it from Omar Narvaez in December 2014.
The HBO telecast will open with Carlos Cuadras taking on fellow Mexican 115-pounder Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada. Cuadras (36-1-1, 27 KOs) lost his WBC super flyweight belt to Gonzalez in September 2016, but the Mexico City native gained his first international fame from his gritty performance.