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Chocolatito upset by Sor Rungvisai, loses pound-for-pound perch

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Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, the sport’s pound-for-pound king, showed vulnerabilities in his last bout, against Carlos Cuadras.

On Saturday, those vulnerabilities — a penchant for a leaky defense — were exploited by a rugged former titleholder in Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who dropped Gonzalez in the first round and captured an unpopular majority decision by scores of 114-112, 114-112, 113-113 that was met by loud boos at Madison Square Garden in the HBO PPV co-feature to Gennady Golovkin-Danny Jacobs. “I’m a little dinged up but I thought I won the fight,” said Gonzalez, who likely lost his status as the top boxer in the sport. “I want an immediate rematch and to win my belt back.”

The upset win by Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai for Gonzalez’s 115-pound WBC title spoiled a potential rematch between Gonzalez and Cuadras after Gonzalez, who won a narrow and spirited unanimous decision in September, showed signs he may be slipping from his lofty perch. While Gonzalez fought well on Saturday and seemed to take over after some shaky early rounds, he also took his share of hard shots and his face was covered in blood for most of the match after a series of head-butts.

“I want to thank the fans in Thailand for sending me encouragement and I was able to do it because of all of their encouragement,” the Thai boxer said. “At this point, after winning this fight, I believe I can take on anyone, including a rematch with him. I have to admit he is a very good fighter and he would not give up.”

Gonzalez, who fought for the first time after his longtime trainer Arnulfo Obando died in November after a brain aneurysm, went down in the first round from a right to the body. Gonzalez got up but was hurt, back-pedaling for the remainder of the round. The two embraced when the round was over as Gonzalez trudged back to his corner, dejected. Gonzalez seemed to wake up in the second, landing a pair of flush right hands from the oncoming force that was the southpaw Sor Rungvisai, who kept moving forward, hurling punches.

A clash of heads with barely two minutes left in the third round left a bad gash over Gonzalez’s right eye. Sor Rungvisai was rising from a crouched position and banged into Gonzalez on the way up. The two hugged again after the third after exchanging violent punches in close quarters. Chocolatito seemed to have fully loosened up in the fourth, unleashing punches while ducking the onslaught of Sor Rungvisai. As the round ended, Gonzalez, blood streaming down his face, complained to referee Steve Willis of further head clashes. Gonzalez had his finest round in the fifth, firmly taking control of the bout with a dominant frame. He continually pinned Sor Rungvisai against the ropes while slamming shots off his head, particularly finding a home for the right hand.

The two slammed heads again to start the sixth, causing referee Willis to warn Sor Rungvisai for his aggressive tactics. More than a minute later, Willis deducted a point from Sor Rungvisai for a head-butt just as Gonzalez had hurt him with a left to the body and was pummeling him. Despite the foul, the two touched gloves to end the round, Gonzalez’s face covered in blood from the roughhousing.

The cut reopened again over Gonzalez’s right eye after another inadvertent clash of heads in the seventh. Doctors examined Gonzalez’s eye before the start of the ninth after the cut opened again the previous round. A phalanx of doctors eyed Sor Rungvisai after the ninth and tenth rounds, even though he appeared fine and was holding his own.

Gonzalez hurt him with a left midway through the 12th, causing Sor Rungvisai to momentarily stumble around the ring, and Willis to keep a close watch. The two exchanged punches as the final bell sounded and hugged and paraded around the ring with their arms around each other. It was a respectful and fitting end to a compelling battle that further provided evidence that Gonzalez is firmly not the untouchable fighter he once was — even if many thought he won on Saturday.

  • ciobanu catalin

    to whom ?!? WARD ? come on…. that must be a joke….might as well give to ggg he won exactly like ward did (not!)

    • Fist_ti_cuffs

      Except that SOG has a legit resume. This win over Jacobs is now lil g’s best win. His second best win is over a WW. I think you should take emotion out of this an simply look at resume’s.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        The Son of Duck lost to Kovalev. That’s it.

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          Strange because last time I watched SOG was the LHW Champ of the world with an undefeated record. -_-

      • oswaldo moreno

        negro stop with that shit about Ward. Kovalev beat that motherfucker loser.

        • Fist_ti_cuffs

          Ese please. Quit whining like a bish and take your loss like a man. And the New LHW & P4P Champ……………………S……..O………G. -_-

  • Chris Stans

    Oh god….Ward

  • TMT NYC-DA REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    Sor Rongdecision.

    • Rude Boy

      Nah.. . Gonzales lost. Fair n square mah lil nigga.

      • ceylon mooney

        according to the croteria for judging pro fights, gonzales was the clear winner.

        bad judging.

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Tough call. If you prioritize harder, more impactfull punches, you might give Rungvisai at least 6 rounds + maybe 1 or 2 Even. On the other hand going strictly on the volume of clean, sharp connected punches, you could give Gonzalez 9 rounds.

          For most f the fight I got the sense Rungvisai was ultimately getting the better of the majority of exchanges including many in which he was out-landed. Then at the very end it seemed like Chocolatito might have won the war, but then it looked that way at the end of the 6th & 8th only to have Rungvisai come back & turn the tide in 7th & 9th, so who knows?

          Ultimately though, I too have a hard time taking away a title from a champion who seemed to land so many more punches (somewhat lighter punches but still very solid ones.)

        • Ten Count Toronto

          Tough call. If you prioritize harder, more impactfull punches, you might give Rungvisai at least 6 rounds + maybe 1 or 2 Even. On the other hand going strictly on the volume of clean, sharp connected punches, you could give Gonzalez 9 rounds.

          For most f the fight I got the sense Rungvisai was ultimately getting the better of the majority of exchanges including many in which he was out-landed. Then at the very end it seemed like Chocolatito might have won the war, but then it looked that way at the end of the 6th & 8th only to have Rungvisai come back & turn the tide in 7th & 9th, so who knows?

          Ultimately though, I too have a hard time taking away a title from a champion who seemed to land so many more punches (somewhat lighter punches but still very solid ones.)

    • Orca

      I had him winning also. Close but he won. I just think every fight from here on out against the better fighters in this weight class are going to be tough. Says a lot though that after everything he’s done in his career, he’s still challenging himself. The guy doesn’t really do soft touches. Others should take note. He’s a pure fighter.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        Definitely challenging himself in the ring, but apparently taking license to overindulge in the rewards between fights, judging from the pudginess. He is physically out of his league above 112 especially in the era of the 30-hour weigh in when borderline Banthamweights can easily make 115.

        His amazing chin, fighting heart and recuperative powers are masking the extent to which he is overmatched, nevertheless I’d suggest to him either commit to a couple more years of full time dieting to return to 112 or start negotiating his cash out fight right about now.

        • Orca

          Don’t know of his between fights regime but I’ll take your word for it. I thought his slight pudginess was due to being in a weight division too high. I very much doubt he will head back down. I just don’t think a guy like him thinks like that. He will want a rematch. If he wins it then yeah, maybe time for a cash out. But who would bring the money he wants?

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  • BN

    Chocolatito is still the man. He fights top competition at a weight class that’s too big for him.

    • ciobanu catalin

      And he doesnt loose, this i floyds fault, he felt the nicaraguan was getting closer to 50and 0 before he could make that epic conor fight and got in the way

    • ciobanu catalin

      And he doesnt loose, this i floyds fault, he felt the nicaraguan was getting closer to 50and 0 before he could make that epic conor fight and got in the way

    • ciobanu catalin

      And he doesnt loose, this i floyds fault, he felt the nicaraguan was getting closer to 50and 0 before he could make that epic conor fight and got in the way

    • David Stubbs

      Sounds like a Ward

      • Sou Euai

        didn’t ward say something like he feel’s like he’s getting to big for light heavy or it was rough making even that weight and some claim about wanting to win the heavyweight title? Didn’t he fight at 179 in the Olympics waaaaay back in 2004? what was that 13 years ago when ward was 20? Do you weigh the same since you were 20? you think even if you cut weight ate health to retain as much mass as possible you’d be the same size. And your a normal individual not an athlete like ward who has an on and off career. Didn’t they say it was a bit of a struggle at 168 like two years ago when he fought a catch weight? Not the same at all, Roman started 105 went up 10 pounds that’s .095 body percentage wise ward 168 went up 175 .042 roman 4 division and lineal ward 2 division and lineal in a controversial fight that’s why the didn’t bump of the winner of that fight to number 1 in P4P even though it was called Pound 4 Pound and that’s what it was suppose to be about.

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Had a very Holyfield-Bowe feel to it didn’t it?

    • Ten Count Toronto

      Had a very Holyfield-Bowe feel to it didn’t it?

  • Sidewinder
  • KillaBlu

    Honestly, boxing does not have a p4p best right now. Ward doesn’t deserve it after that controversial “win” over Kovalev, Kovalev is still coming off a loss no mater how controversial, and GGG nearly lost to Jacobs. I guess if Loma wins in impressive fashion against Sosa in a few weeks I’ll say he is the best.

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Nearly lost to Jacobs? I can only see 2 or 3 rounds where Jacobs made a spurty statement. GGG is still the boss.

      • KillaBlu

        Don’t know what fight you saw man, on my score card GGG won solely because of the knockdown in round four otherwise it would have been a draw

        • ceylon mooney

          thats plausible. the golovkin fight was a lot closer than the gonzales robbery.

        • Gerard Francis M. Furto

          No way on this planet earth or anywhere can it be a draw or a win for Jacobs. He was thoroughly outworked. Jacobs winning a few flashes of rounds is not enough for him to beat GGG. Hell, his face tells the story. Battered and beaten.

    • ceylon mooney

      sober assessment there.

    • David Stubbs

      Ward is the no brainer. He hasn’t lost a fight since he was 12. Has the best resume of any active fighter outside of Pac. He’s also beaten I believe 4 boxers that were on the p4p list. His last win was controversial but I believe you have to take into consideration his body of work. I’m happy that his fight with Kov was controversial b/c it allows him to slam the door shut on any thought that Ward is not the successor to Mayweather.

      • Rude Boy

        Nah. Your boy lost to Kov. And is afraid of the rematch. Nigga please!

        • David Stubbs

          Last time I checked Ward won by unanimous decision. Negro please!!! Lol

          • Ten Count Toronto

            OK whatever, Ramirez is officially 1-1 with Whitaker so they’re like side-by-side all time right?

          • Rude Boy

            Yep. He won by unanimous robbery.

      • Orca

        Wards last performance is far, far removed from p4p number one regardless of who we thought won. His antics since then don’t scream best fighter in the world. I still put Gonzalez ahead of him.

        • David Stubbs

          Hilarious!!!! Yep. His last performance resulted in a win. Chocolito last two preformances may have him outside of the top 5. Leave personality out of it. Ward is the best in boxing right now and even had been before he fought Kov and Chocolito took his L. Lol

          • Orca

            No way Ward is the best fighter in the world. Lol all you want. I rate Gonzalez above him even after last night. He should more greatness in that defeat than Ward did in his ‘win’. Take it easy, it’s just boxing 🙂

      • Frank Boileau

        He lost his last one tho

        • David Stubbs

          I know last night he lost.

      • ceylon mooney

        ward lost clear but close.

        bogus judging.

      • Ten Count Toronto

        OK I’ll grant you part of that. I personally believe career body of work should count for at least 60% of the P4P ranking and in that respect Ward is second to Pacquiao but without the dings so there is no way Ward doesn’t still own at least a share of the top spot. Ultimately there is no real substitute for measuring up directly against other P4P candidates as Ward has done.

        However that’s just take one the P4P criteria. People who’s rankings ride mostly on who’s been the most brilliant in the last 2 or 3 outings are equally entitled to trumpet Crawford & Lomachenko ahead of the old guard. Subjective matter on WHEN exactly do past accomplishments “retire” from current the current P4P account and move to the “All-time” account.

    • If you believe that GGG eeked out a win, you have no idea in the world how to score a fight and should just shut up.

  • Gerard Francis M. Furto

    Donnie Nietes would have knocked Romanzales out.

    • Nick Bannister

      I don’t know about that, but I’d definitely like to see him have a chance to try.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        Been waiting for it to become a reality. Try watching Donnie’s fights. He’s right there near Chocolatito’s weight division and I believe Donnie plans to move up, having defended his belt for a long long time.

        • ceylon mooney

          he just arrived at 112 to face all the guys who moved up to 115 right after he got to 112. bad timing.

        • Nick Bannister

          Donnie is real for sure. He’s been a weight class down from Roman for a while, but he could put on 3 pounds with a big meal and become a legit challenge straight away. 115 is great, it just got more interesting, and Nietes would only add to that.

    • booyahcah29

      Nietes would get killled. Your belief is fantasy.

  • Gerard Francis M. Furto

    At this point the top dog is GGG, no doubt.

    • BN

      Chocolatito fought better in his loss then GGG did in his win. While GGG is still a great fighter and top dog of the middle weight division, there is doubt that he is the #1 P4P.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        And if Canelo thinks that he can beat Golovkin because Jacobs finished on his feet, he’ll be very wrong. That dude GGG is one nasty [email protected]#cker.

        • Julius Kent

          Not anymore especially after last night.

    • Giuseppe

      Not after that lacklustre performance. He looks like he is off his game.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        After watching the fight twice I am thoroughly convinced that Jacobs was absolutely outclassed. With Jacobs only showing flashes/spurts, GGG basically dominated him. Golovkin was never at any moment in danger of losing.

        • Giuseppe

          I’m willing to believe that I was giving Jacobs more credit than he deserved b3cause he was doing so much better than I personally expected. But on the night it still felt like he was in control to me.

  • ciobanu catalin

    Loma anytime over ward, by ring’s standards ward was way up there only on skills displayed alone so why not loma, he is above ward technique wise

    • Nick Bannister

      I’d not advocate for Ward as Number 1, but he beat Froch, Kessler, Abraham, Bika, Kovalev (not on my card) and Dawson, and all of them are better than anyone Loma has beaten yet, even though to my eye Loma is the best boxer out there. When Loma beats someone like Mikey Garcia or Jorge Linares, or even one of the other top guys at 130 like Berchelt or Corrales then I’d happily have him right at the top.

      • maxx

        Walters is a beast until he met Loma that is.Kudos

        • booyahcah29

          At 130 with no real size disparity, he has shown to be pretty avg at 130. He struggled the fight before against a guy that at best was fringe. Couple that with the rust and he was easy work. Walters will lose to most of the top ten. Not impressed at all.

          • maxx

            I thought that draw was an outright robbery and his jab has always been spot on, it is just that Lomachenko is on a different plane to any other fighter in the world.Kudos

      • Conrad

        If Gary Russell & Nicholas walters were super middleweights they’d be a hell of a lot better than Sakio Bika

        • Nick Bannister

          The Walters who beat Donaire and Darch Vadar maybe, but he caught them both at the right time and looked jaded by the time he got to Loma. Definitely not Russell Jr. Apart from really fast hands, what has he got to show? Bika gave hell to all the best super middleweights of his time.

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Skills wise yeah I’m starting to believe Lomachenko would be the number one especially if he would be able to beat Mikey Garcia, or Rigondeaux, or Gamboa but then at this point, Golovkin is still the top dog. Unblemished, strong, wrecking machine of a champion.

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      I forgot about Kovalev which I rate second to GGG. He clearly beat “Ward the weakling”.

  • Giuseppe

    He lost nothing in this fight. He came across a tough bastard. Much bigger. And he beat him. Top guy in the sport. Showed so much skill and will after three massive headbutts.

    • Mark Schoeman

      The negative bent really is disappointing. Both fights last night were very entertaining…and if that means Roman and GGG aren’t perfect, then we can only hope for more imperfect fighters in the future.

      Roman is getting knocked for getting hit…in boxing, fighting..and he’s lost his mythical perch, for standing and going to war. Only in this century of the expert/critic can this be the narrative.

      • booyahcah29

        He is still number one in my eyes.

      • Orca

        Great post. God forbid fighters come out of their comfort zone, seek real challenges and let it all hang out to get the win.

    • ceylon mooney

      dude is a frickin tank

    • booyahcah29

      Inoue will end him at this point. He should stay away. From here on out everyone he will face will have advantages in size and possibly strength.

      • Giuseppe

        What balls he has though. Knowing every fight will likely be a 12 round war of attrition.

      • Giuseppe

        Wonder how he would fair in a rematch against the thai?

        • ceylon mooney

          much better

          i think both he and golovkin had a lot more to handle than they expected.

          that thai dude was like margarito

  • kiowhatta

    I don’t know which fight the judges were watching, but despite all the blood and leather flying I could see Gonzalez landing the more clean, powerful shots. Rungvisai was game, tough and well conditioned, but didn’t match Chocolitos technical ability.

    • ceylon mooney

      clear win for gonzales. thengolovkin jacobs fight was damn close tho.

  • Nick Bannister

    Can’t see much to choose between GGG, Ward, Kovalev and Gonzalez at this point. All might have peaked, and Many has and Rigo seems uninterested in ever fighting the best again. Maybe an opening for Crawford, Loma, Yamananka, Mikey Garcia or Canelo to take a risk and push their way to the top. Crawford – Pacquiao, Loma – Garcia, Rigo – Yamananka and Canelo – GGG, plus Gonzalez – Estrada and Ward – Kovalev rematches would do it.

    We can dream right?

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Super delicious dream matches!

  • Michel Desgrottes

    so now who is P4P, I’m going with ward

    • Sweet_Science_

      By default it’s now Ward. That spot should be viewed as tentative until the Kovalev rematch is made. If He doesn’t do the fight within 3 months it’s 3G.
      All respect to Gonzalez but I think he was p4p #1 due to his record just as much as the 3 titles he had at the time that Ring put him at #1.
      I think Gonzalez is 1 division too high. His punches don’t seem to have the effect they had at 112lbs.

      • booyahcah29

        Being the man in 3 divisions is why he is number 1.

        • Julius Kent

          Some boxers were the man in more than 3 but we’re never no. 1. This only shows that boxing nowadays is in coma compares to “those” days.

      • Orca

        He was/is number 1 because he is an elite boxer that always sought out tough challenges and gave everything he had to get the W in style. The man showed no fear. Proper class act and a dynamite fighter. Between him and Ward, I know who I’ll be talking about in 20 years. This sport needs more like him.

    • Orca

      I completely disagree. That would be a joke.

    • Ultimate sceptic

      Yeah it has to be Ward now. I don’t know why he is so widely disliked. One of the contemporary greats. Needs to get back in the ring though.

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Fucking no! Ward is a loser, a weakling. He got battered and beaten by Kovalev and was lucky to get a false decision from biased judges in the US of A. No way he’s in the top five!

    • Al Del

      Although I’m unimpressed by the next 3 in line on the P4P, i think it should be Ward. The #4 & #5 i still believe it’s too early for them to be considered #1. But i Don’t think Gonzalez should fall down too far.. probably #5.. he’ll come back i think.. that division is stacked though!

  • Koolz

    Chocolatito goes up and weight and finds this power doesn’t have the punch it used to.
    He still fights with very accurate hits but is very vulnerable. I seemed during that fight he was struggling digging deep. I thought it might be a draw. But with all the blood the judges might have thought Chocolatito was really hurt.

    GGG won with the Jab and the knock down. He showed his boxing skills. Jacobs showed he is a great fighter who must have weighed over 180!

    • Ricardo

      He sent the thai guy to the hospital. It seems to me that he still has a lot of power.

  • EastMan

    And now Kovalev is number 1! Oh,i forgot-he IS number one after he kicked ward’s ass

    • Ultimate sceptic

      Don’t be silly. He got a brief early knockdown in which Ward was in no way disoriented or troubled, that is all.

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Yes he did kick Ward’s weak ass! You’re very intelligent for a mammal.

  • Julio

    Thai dude was just too big and strong for Gonzalez to handle. His inability to hurt him, or even keep him honest made all the difference. Gonzalez can officially forget about moving up to 118.

    • ceylon mooney

      gonz backed him up with punches plenty

      his power was effective, but that other dude was like margarito

      • Julio

        Exactly. Dude was just too strong and relentless. Gonzalez’s power is not anywhere near as effective at this weight, and with his faculties starting to dwindle, he may not remain active for a whole lot longer.

  • Jody Hanna

    I thought it was a fair decision.

  • Floridastorm

    This guy Mitch Abramson is so biased for Gonzalez that it’s laughable. The way I saw the fight is that the Thai fighter was doing a hell of a lot of damage to Gonzalez. He was definitely throwing the harder punches and had Gonzalez in trouble a few times. Never once did I see the Thai fighter in trouble. Head butts are part of boxing and Gonzalez was as much at fault as the Thai fighter. I think that Gonzalez has seen his days as he is not nearly as good as he used to be. In a rematch Gonzalez may get KO’d.

  • Suk me dong

    Another Asian brother comes and conquers.
    The great Genghis be so happy.

    • TNT

      Why would Genghis, a Mongolian, have cared for a Thai? Do you even realize how ignorant you read?

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        What an A hole. Genghis Khan conquered almost 2/3 of the globe. The Mongolian genes are very much widely spread across the globe especially among Asians. Do some reading before commenting on something you don’t know anything about.

        • Julius Kent

          Do you know how big North and South America is? Did Big G conquer Africa? What about the North and South Pole? Buy a map little G.

        • TNT

          The Mongols conquered Thailand? My question stands you mentally challenged muppet.

        • Suk me dong

          Holla.

      • Suk me dong

        Do even know how many decendents Khan have?
        He do lots of fucking…….he had many Bitches.

        • TNT

          If the child isn’t named Khan, isn’t raised Mongol, isn’t accepted into the Mongolian elite then they are simply bastards with some Mongol dna, but a Mongol, nor the least a Khan, that doesn’t make.

          • Suk me dong

            Nigga plz….

      • Suk me dong

        Do even know how many decendents Khan have?
        He do lots of fucking…….he had many Bitches.

  • Rick

    Was getting kind of tired of Kellerman’s and Lampley’s worshipping at the Chocolatito altar. Despite their blurbs, he isn’t the reincarnation of Arguello and never will be. Maybe they’ll shut up about him now? They were the same way about Donaire, just drooling over the guy. Didn’t take that bubble long to burst, did it?

    • Julio

      Different eras. Impossible to make a fair comparison. Gonzalez has made the most of his talents with incredible success by today’s standards. Those guys at HBO have to sell him as they have with many fighters in the past. Its the nature of the beast.

      • Floridastorm

        Before the fight the Thai fighter was mentioned so little I thought that Gonzalez was fighting himself. It was a far gone conclusion, by these announcers, that the Thai fighter had come across the Pacific to lose and go back home. All during the fight all we heard were excuses why Gonzalez was not doing better. Duhhh. Do you think it might have had something to do with a guy who’s only real loss in 47 fights was a close decision to Cuadras. The Thai fighter was fearless, skilled, and an exceptionally hard puncher with either hand. That is what Muay Thai will do for you. One of the toughest sports on the planet. Anyway, he is now champion. But, he will never get the respect he should from beating the best P4P fighter in the world. All we will hear are excuses.

        • Julius Kent

          Nope. Even these people who are in the denial stage right now have respect for this fearless Thai.

          Is there a robbery outcry out there? Nope.

        • Gerard Francis M. Furto

          Yes that’s right.

  • Mariano Alonso

    another robbery in the u.s. Call the police.

  • Fist_ti_cuffs

    SOG is easily the new p4p Champ. His resume, puts everyone outside of Pac’s to shame. The sad part is that Ring will probably move ginger up to the top spot. After all, he is still the Ring’s MW Champ.

    • Julius Kent

      Did anybody figure out yet that you and David stubbs are one and the same person?

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        Great minds think alike.

        • Julius Kent

          Ok carry on David.

    • Charlie U.

      Wonder how you would feel if Ward wasn’t African-American.

      • Fist_ti_cuffs

        I’d say check his resume. By the way, if your race baiting ass had read my original reply, you would have noticed that I said Pac had the best record of any active boxer. Now go play in traffic……and don’t forget your skates. -_-

  • Chris Stans

    He should forget a rematch and just move back down.

  • Big Chris

    If they give the top spot to Ward, they literally ruin boxing’s ethics and dignity. They want someone who got a gift decision and now threats with retirement, doesn’t honor the contract HE SIGNED, tries to avoid the rematch at any cost and so on? This is who Ring wants to be the face of boxing? Give it to ANYONE who’s not named Ward. If the magazine desperately needs to give the top spot to an American, please pick Crawford but DEFINITELY not Ward. He’s an embarrassment to the sport. Any decent champ of the past and present, would give a rematch after being donated the titles the way he was. If Ring now donates him the #1 spot, that clearly shows you why American boxing is collapsing and has produced only two Olympic champions in the past 7 Olympic Games. Please Ring magazine, don’t humiliate your history and don’t lose dignity in the eyes of every sane boxing fan around the world.

    • Spider Rico

      Yeah, Terence Crawford is a way better fighter than Ward. I was a little bit disappointed how he fought Postol but he’s still miles ahead of Ward.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        Agree!

    • Ultimate sceptic

      The retirement talk is a way to drum up interest, talk and PPVs. Stephen King used to do the same before bringing out his novels – I may retire after this novel – and no one calls him an embarrassment to fiction writing.

      • Gerard Francis M. Furto

        The retirement Ward said is just like Lennox Lewis avoiding the inevitable loss to Klitschko in a rematch. Ward is afraid the next time around Kovalev will kill him and not let him finish the fight standing.

    • Ultimate sceptic

      Added to which Leonard announced his retirement several times. Disgrace to boxing or in the top 5 of all time?

    • Gerard Francis M. Furto

      Yeah you’re absolutely correct. Ward is lucky. He got beaten then keeps shouting that he’s the best when clearly he’s not. An A hole, that’s who he is.

  • WillieSmalls

    I scored it 114-113 Rungvisai. There were many close rounds that could have been scored either way depending on what you liked.

  • WillieSmalls

    I scored it 114-113 Rungvisai. There were many close rounds that could have been scored either way depending on what you liked.

  • Ten Count Toronto

    That was a brutal judging assignment for all the RIGHT reasons. We have become de-conditioned to such a plethora of offense. I’ll need to see this a few more times before I feel comfortable passing any firm judgement on the decision.

    I will say that i’m shocked Sor Rungvisai got the benefit of the doubt in this situation, and I am also shocked that he apparently thought he was ahead by so much that he gave away the first half of the 11th & 12th rounds by bouncing around. I thought the bout was on the line in the last 2 rounds and that Gonzalez clearly took them.

    I must admit though I was so engrossed in the fight that I fell behind on my scoring and couldn’t settle on score for some rounds…

  • Al Del

    Considering the size of those guys (115) i think Choc one division up too far.. maybe he can pick certain opponents on there and getaway with it. But damn the guys at 115 look like they should be at 118 or 122.. they do not look 5’3 & 5’4.. they look like miniature Canelo’s trying to squeeze into smaller bodies/divisions.. Rigo fights at 122 and is about the same size as Cuadras and Rungvisai.. just saying.. but Great fight.. I thought Gonzalez stopped attacking the body which helped him turn the tide but and in certain spots he paused for too long and wasnt letting those hands go. I had it a Draw actually and those head butts and excessive towards the end definitely didn’t help.

  • Al Del

    Maybe now Ringvisai & Cuadras can happen again finally!! i’m sure Cuadras don’t want any though..
    Gonzalez is still the money guy though so we’ll see..

  • What in the world do you mean by appeared to win? The judges that scored that fight should be banned from boxing forever. It was very obvious that they didn’t know what they were doing. If it wasn’t for Gonazles, there wouldn’t have been a fight!

  • Philip Matsikoudis

    Saw this mill & I cannot figure out how Roman Gonzalez wasn’t declared the winner going away, not to mention that Sor Rungvisai should have been deducted at least one more point for his incessant head butting, regardless if it was intentional or not, which I do not believe it was, but it was the reason that Chocolatito’s right eye was damaged so badly. Rungvisai fought a hard fight but Gonzalez clean cut harder blows were not given enough credit. BAD BAD DECISION.

  • Ricardo

    Chocolatito won that fight. I dont what the judges were thinking.

  • marlon gutierrez

    This weekend I had the chance to watch the fight between Roman Gonzalez and Sor Rungvisai for the second time. I was watching a boxing program on youtube earlier on Saturday, where the boxing commentator reported that Chocolatito’s knockdown in the first-round was caused by a head-butt. I was curious to know the truth of this allegation, and I watched the fight with additional interest. The first time I watched the repetition, I didn’t noticed the head-butt, but then I caught up with the sequence of actions. The head-butt was applied before the blow to the body, in an expertly fashion. Rungvisai continued to head-butt Gonzalez through-out the fight, and only one point was deducted for his tactics. It seemed that everything was set up for Gonzalez to lose his title because no one was watching. The referi didn’t see the head-butt that caused the knockdown; I didn’t see it either, but Gonzalez pointed it to the referi while on the canvas. No one paid attention.