By Mark Eisner: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez fights tonight against the young up and comer Julio Cesar Martinez in the headliner LIVE on DAZN at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California. Fight action for the card starts at 8:30 pm ET.
Martinez (18-1, 14 KOs) missed weight on Friday at the weigh-in for his 12 round fight against legend Chocolatito (50-3, 41 KOs), but thankfully the contest is still taking place.
Boxing News 24 will be giving live results & updates below of tonight’s action on the Chocolatito – Martinez card.
Chocolatito vs. Martinez undercard fights:
Diego Pacheco vs. Genc Pllana
Marc Castro vs. Julio Madera
Skye Nicolson vs. Jessica Juarez
Anthony Herrera vs. Anthony Herrera Jose Toribio
Mauricio Lara vs. Emilio Sanchez
Angel Fierro vs. Juan Carlos Burgos
Souleymane Cissokho vs. Roberto Valenzuela Jr
Fernando Angel Molina vs. Angel Aispuro
Chocolatito ready for Martinez
“I’m excited, I’m ready, and I’m glad that the weigh-in is over, and now I’m going to get rehydrated,” said Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez to Fighthype. “Everything I’ve learned in camp, I can display in the fight.
“The most important thing is the fight is still on. I’m ready for whatever comes my way,” Chocolatito said when asked about his reaction to Rey Martinez coming in overweight at the weigh-in.
“I had an excellent camp and am ready to fight,” Roman Gonzalez continued. “There’s no other way around it, the fights happening. Whether he made weight or not, the fight was going to happen. Whatever you get tomorrow, you’re going to get.
“I’m very happy. I had a tremendous camp, and that gives me the motivation to be this happy,” said Chocolatito on why he was smiling so much at the weigh-in. “Always keep working hard, moving forward for whatever that comes.”
Bam reacts to Rey Martinez missing weight
“Maybe he wasn’t that disciplined, or maybe he struggled at the weight, I don’t know,” said Jesse ‘Bam’ Rodriguez to Fighthype when asked why Julio Cesar Martinez came in overweight at the weight-in.
“I favor Chocolatito in this fight just because of his experience,” Bam Rodriguez continued. “Martinez can get a little wild, and Chocolatito, I believe, will capitalize on that.
“Yeah, of course, he’s younger than Chocolatito, and he’s up there already, but Chocolatito is a legend, and you never know what to expect from him. So it’s going to be a good fight,” said Rodriguez when asked if Rey Martinez will have the speed advantage over Roman.
Chocolatito set the tone for the smaller weight classes in this era. Like I said, he set the tone and brought the attention back to the weight classes.
“Because of what he’s done,” said Bam Rodriguez when asked why Chocolatito is given so much respect in boxing. “He’s won multiple world titles. Not many fighters do that.
“For him to do that and to still be fighting to this day, you’ve got to respect that. Honestly, I started watching boxing in my era. I never really looked back, but he’s the guy right now,” Rodriguez said.
Gonzalez will break Rey Martinez down
“I believe he’s going to break him down in the later rounds,” said Bam Rodriguez. “Maybe Martinez will get a little too wild and get caught with something in the early rounds, but I believe Chocolatito will break him down after a while to the body.
Chocolatito is a legend. He’s been in there with the best of the best. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen. It’s just another fight for him.
“Of course, fighters in this weight class, we don’t duck and dodge. We’re here to fight anybody whenever. I love to give exciting fights and give the fans what they want to see.
“A fight like this and my fight with [Carlos] Cuadras, that’s what people want to see. Every fight in the lower-weight division will deliver that.
“That’s a credit to my coach Robert [Garcia]. He told me to stick to my gameplan, stick to my jab, keep boxing him, and that’s what I did,” said Bam Rodriguez on his 12 round unanimous decision win over 33-year-old Cuadras last February.
“If it weren’t for Robert, I probably would have brawled with Cuadras a little bit more, and maybe that would have lost me the fight. Credit to Robert because he stuck me to the game plan.
“He’s the guy I’ve been watching since I started boxing,” said Bam about Chocolatito.
“There’s already talk about it. Eddie Hearn has talked about it, and many people have talked about it,” Bam Rodriguez said when asked how close he is to fighting the winner of the Chocolatito vs. Rey Martinez fight.
“I would love to fight the winner of this fight because that’s a fight that people want to see.
“My brother [Joshua Franco] is going to fight El Gallo (Juan Francisco Estrada], but there’s talk of me maybe fighting [Srisaket Sor] Rungvisai on the undercard [in San Antonio, Texas]. So, we’ll see what happens.
“I’m down to fight whoever and give exciting fights. A fight with Chocolatito, I believe that’s passing the torch. I think he would pass the torch to me and respect to him. If the fight happens, I would love that.
“There’s already talk of me and my brother fighting on the same card in San Antonio, and I believe something like that would be really dope.
“We came up in the amateurs together, and to see us going to the top together is amazing,” said Jesse Rodriguez about Shakur Stevenson.