Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez Reacts to the Scoring of His Fight Against Juan Francisco Estrada – ‘I’m a Bit Embarrassed’

Published 03/15/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 18: Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez is cut against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai during their Championship fight for Gonzalez’s WBC junior bantamweight title at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Former WBA super-flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez has reacted to the controversial scoring for his fight against Juan Francisco Estrada. The Nicaraguan described his feelings as ‘embarrassed’ after one judge gave him only three rounds.

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Juan Francisco Estrada beat Gonzalez via a split decision after a very close fight. The two boxers gave fans a bout to remember after twelve rounds of entertaining boxing. However, the scorecards took the headlines after the fight as one judge had it, 117-111 in favor of Estrada.

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This drew heaps of backlash from fans throughout the world, and ‘Chocolatito’ has now voiced his opinion on the scorecard. He spoke to Fino Boxing on YouTube and addressed the fight. When asked if he was happy with the scores, he said, “No, I’m not happy, I’m a bit embarrassed.” [translated by Fino Boxing]

This comment showed how bad the judging was on the night. Gonzalez fought an intelligent fight and did enough to win more than three rounds. In addition, he even won the bout on one judge’s scorecards. Therefore, the difference in scoring has not only shocked the boxing community but also ‘Chocolatito.’

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Why is Roman Gonzalez embarrassed by the scoring of the fight?

Gonzalez went into the bout as the slight underdog. However, the former four-division champion showed his experience. Towards the end of the bout, the Nicaraguan found his rhythm and was the dominant force.

However, scoring in boxing is a subjective matter, and often causes a divide in opinion among fans. Occasionally, controversies arise when there is an obvious difference between one judge and the other two judges. The same happened with the Teofimo Lopez vs. Vasyl Lomachenko fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: Boxer Roman Gonzalez poses during the official Weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on September 14, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)

Therefore, the fact that one judge gave Gonzalez only three rounds was a horrible injustice. As a result, the judge in question, Carlos Sucre, has been temporarily suspended pending further investigation.

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What made this fight different from the Lopez-Lomachenko bout was that many felt Gonzalez had won the fight. In Lopez’s victory, the majority had agreed that ‘The Takeover’ won. However, the difference in one judges’ scorecard caused controversy.

Either way, Gonzalez lost a split decision and consequently lost his WBA belt. However, he said he is open to the rematch.

What do you make of these comments from Roman Gonzalez? 

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 READ: Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez: Was It a Robbery?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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