Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez’s Return Set for March 5th – Juan Estrada Won’t Be the Opponent

Published 01/26/2022, 7:00 AM EST
INGLEWOOD, CA – APRIL 23: Roman Gonzalez poses with his belt after a unanimous 12 round decision over McWilliams Arroyo during a WBC flyweight title fight at The Forum on April 23, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Roman Gonzalez was in contention to align himself against rival Juan Estrada for their third boxing meet. However, this fight seems under dark clouds for now, and there are almost zero chances of this contest coming to life. A few days back, their trilogy was expected to materialize on March 5, but Estrada won’t be on the line for this bout.

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Instead, ‘Chocolatito’ will take on a different opponent on this date. But who will Gonzalez fight?

The ex-champ will line himself up for a fight with WBC flyweight champion, Julio Cesar Martinez, on March 5. Also, this bout will happen in the super-flyweight landscape only.

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‘Chocolatito’ was initially on the line to settle his scores with Estrada, the WBA super-flyweight ‘super’ champ. The two men fought twice against each other, winning one fight each. That said, the rematch between the two in 2021 was an action-packed war, wherein both the men displayed their prolific skill sets.

Gonzalez and Estrada took the fight to the distance, and they refrained from giving up. Employing their best punches, the pair entered a wild scuffle, keeping fans at the edge of their seats. After a 12-round war, the judges ruled the fight in the underdog, Estrada’s favor with a SD.

Since then, ‘Chocolatito’ didn’t fight once, and he only waited for the Estrada trilogy. But, with the prevailing scenario, he’ll have to go ahead to lock horns with Julio Cesar Martinez.

Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Estrada 3 – Will it happen this year?

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Gonzalez and Estrada’s third meet is inevitable. This fight would have happened on March 5 itself. However, Estrada couldn’t give his best in training camp, possibly due to post Covid-19 issues.

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)

Regardless of that, there’s every chance of this fight happening in the second half of 2022.

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Until then, Gonzalez will have to keep himself on the line by proving his case against Martinez on March 5. It’ll be interesting to see how the ex-champ fares in his clash against Martinez.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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