Roman Gonzalez a future Hall of Famer who isn’t done

If Roman Gonzalez were a heavyweight for the majority of his amazing profession and not a flyweight, we’d be asking if he is as excellent as Tyson, Holyfield, Lewis or Louis.

If he were a heavyweight, he’d be dealt with like royalty rather than a man who might base on Las Vegas Boulevard for an hour and not have a bachelor acknowledge him.

However regardless of his size — he’s the only fighter in history to have actually won titles in each of the 4 lightest weight classes — Gonzalez is a giant in the sport of boxing.

He battles Juan Francisco Estrada in a rematch on Saturday at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on DAZN for the WBA and WBC extremely flyweight titles. Win or lose, he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

He’s won 50 of his 52 battles and, with any luck, might have won among the 2 he lost. That was a March 18, 2017, bout with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai at Madison Square Garden in New York City, in which he dropped a bulk choice.

He’s scored 41 knockouts amongst his 50 wins, however isn’t just a Mike Tyson-esque puncher. This is a dazzling fighter who understands how to break down his challengers and, even at the sophisticated age of 33 for a very flyweight, improves as the battles endure.

The concern isn’t whether he’s a Hall of Famer or whether he’s the very best fighter 115 pounds or under in boxing history.

No, it’s quite clear provided his record, his efficiency and his quality of opposition that Gonzalez is among the 25 biggest fighters who ever lived.

Roman Gonzalez, left, punches Moises Fuentes during their bantamweight boxing match, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. Gonzalez won by TKO. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Roman Gonzalez, left, punches Moises Fuentes throughout their bantamweight boxing match Sept. 15, 2018, in Las Vegas. Gonzalez won by TKO. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

To see him battle is a benefit. To see him in a considerable battle in a rematch versus a long time competitor like Estrada is something that anybody who calls himself or herself a boxing fan couldn’t perhaps miss out on.

Gonzalez is all however unidentified amongst American sports fans and is just partially much better understood amongst boxing fans in this nation.

He’s a modest, simple person who doesn’t care to promote himself. However as he nears completion of a famous profession, he’s lastly getting the awards he ought to have gotten years earlier.

It’s not like he cares, though. He doesn’t.

“I consider myself a man who’s done the best that I could,” Gonzalez said. “I had difficult times growing up, but in the end, it worked out well. Life has taught me a lot of things, and I learned. And I feel and think that I’ve already conquered many things in boxing. What comes now with this title is just extra.

“I never imagined myself getting to where I am now. But wow, it is still hard. It costs me because I train the right way. I do things the way they should be done. But I like it. And it’s what let me help my family, help my kids. But I don’t complain because I thank God for where I am now.”

Estrada is favored at BetMGM at -170, while Gonzalez is +140. Estrada himself is a future Hall of Famer and is three years younger than Gonzalez.

Estrada is at his peak now, but it’s difficult to say that Gonzalez is on the decline. His only losses were back-to-back to Rungvisai. He lost a majority decision to Rungvisai in the first bout, one that many media at ringside, including Yahoo Sports, felt Gonzalez had won. Rungvisai decisively won the rematch, knocking him out in the fourth round on Sept. 9, 2017.

Rungvisai defeated Estrada by majority decision on Feb. 24, 2018, but Estrada came back to win the rematch on April 26, 2019, by unanimous decision.

It would be a monumental victory for Gonzalez if he can win, and though he’s the underdog, he’s the kind of guy who performs best when his back is to the wall.

He told the story of how he spent time at his countryman and idol Alexis Arguello’s home before a Jan. 20, 2006, bout against Roberto Meza, and he got so relaxed he got dropped in the first round.

It was just his fifth pro fight and Gonzalez was just 18 years old. Getting dropped early could have caused him to lose his composure, but he instead came back to drop Meza three times later in the first.

“I always respected all the orders Alexis gave me because he’s a three-time champion,” Gonzalez said of Arguello, who took his own life in 2009. “It’s an honor. He was like my father. We were very close. Sometimes, he invited me to his house, and I remember being at his house, eating and I got relaxed, and he dropped me off at my fight. That day was the first time that I got hit hard.

“I was scared, but I got up and knocked the guy out. But those are life experiences that I had with him where I learned. Because I think I could not have gotten up after that punch. But due to the conditions, it made me get up again. Alexis was a very demanding person in the gym.”

Gonzalez learned those tough lessons, and more, and now as this jockey-sized fighter storms down the backstretch of his profession, it would be wise to remember that we’re not just watching a good, or a great fighter.

We are watching one of the finest to have actually ever done it and understand what a reward this has actually been.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.