Ratings update: Roman Gonzalez enters 115-pound Top 10
Roman Gonzalez continues to add to his legacy.
The hard-charging Nicaraguan met more resistance than we’re used to seeing against the naturally bigger Carlos Cuadras on Saturday in California but he maintained his perfect record and won a major title in a fourth weight class, the junior bantamweight division.
As a result, Gonzalez (46-0, 38 knockouts) earned a place in the 115-pound ratings. The question with which the RING Editorial Board and Ratings Panel wrestled was which place, No. 1 or No. 2?
No. 1-rated Naoya Inoue, unrated at the time, knocked out then-No. 1 Omar Narvaez in two rounds to win his version of the 115-pound title in December 2014 and has successfully defended three times.
Gonzalez, also unrated at 115 and fighting for the first time as a full-fledged junior bantamweight, defeated No. 2-rated Cuadras by a hard-fought unanimous decision.
In the end, we decided to leave Inoue (11-0, 9 KOs) at No. 1 and have Gonzalez enter at No. 2 because of the Japanese fighter’s more-impressive title-winning victory and the fact he is more established in the division.
Of course, that sets up a potential showdown for the RING championship, which would allow the Nos. 1 and 2 fighters to determine in the ring where they belong in our ratings.
Also, Cuadras remained at No. 3 after a strong performance. Takuma Inoue (No. 10 last week) dropped out to make room for Gonzalez.
In other divisions:
Gonzalez (No. 1 last week) remains on top of the pound-for-pound list with his victory over Cuadras. Gennady Golovkin (No. 3) also stays put after his fifth-round knockout of Kell Brook on Saturday in London.
Andy Ruiz (No. 10 last week) retained his position after outpointing Franklin Lawrence (unrated last week) on Saturday in Lemoore, California.
Callum Smith (No. 6 last week) remained where he is after he stopped Norbert Nemesapati (unrated last week) in six rounds Saturday in London.
Golovkin (No. 1 last week) held his position after defeating Brook (unrated at 160 pounds). Also, Danny Jacobs (No. 2 last week) retained his spot by knocking out Sergio Mora (unrated last week) in the seventh round Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Brook (No. 1 last week) will remain on top of the 147-division until it’s more clear where he’ll campaign going forward. He has suggested he’ll fight at 154 pounds.
Eduard Troyanovsky (No. 5 last week) retains his position after stopping Keita Obara (unrated last week) on Friday in Moscow.
Robert Easter (No. 9 last week) defeated Richard Commey (No. 7 last week) by a split decision on Friday in Reading. As a result, Easter moved up to No. 6. Commey, who looked sharp in defeat, retained his position
Lee Haskins (No. 6 last week) remained where he is after defeating countryman Stuart Hall (unrated last week) on Saturday in London.
Johnriel Casimero (No. 4 last week) leap frogs over Brian Viloria (No. 3 last week) after stopping Charlie Edwards (unrated last week) in 10 rounds Saturday in London. Viloria hasn’t fought since he lost to Gonzalez last October.