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Gonzalez dispatches Sosa in two rounds, retains RING flyweight title

Photo by Mark Ralston/Getty Images

Photo by Mark Ralston/Getty Images

INGLEWOOD, California — RING/WBC flyweight champ Roman Gonzalez made quick work of veteran contender Edgar Sosa in the chief support to the Gennady Golovkin-Willie Monroe Jr. fight on Saturday at The Forum. Gonzalez dropped Sosa three times in Round 2, forcing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to wave the bout off at 2:37 of the round.

Gonzalez started the fight by applying hard pressure to Sosa, a 35-year-old former junior flyweight titleholder from Mexico. Sosa tried to stick and move but Gonzalez quickly cut the ring off on the older fighter and landed accurate power punches to the head and body. In Round 2 a lead right followed by a sweeping hook dropped Sosa for the first time. A powerful right dropped Sosa for the second time, and an assortment of rights and hooks to the head ended matters.

It was an impressive victory for Gonzalez, a 27-year-old boxer-puncher from Nicaragua who extended his unbeaten record to 43-0 with 37 knockouts. Gonzalez, who is currently No. 3 in THE RING’s Pound for Pound rankings, was also making his HBO debut on Saturday.

“It was an important fight being on HBO and I wanted to show my talent and my style so that I can fight again on HBO,” said Gonzalez, who made the second defense of the titles he won with a ninth-round stoppage of Akira Yaegashi last September. “I dedicate this fight to all of my fans and supporters, and to my mentor Alexis Arguello.”