Name: Roman Gonzalez
Birth Name: Román Alberto González Luna
Born: 1987-06-17 (Age:30)
Birthplace: Barrio La Esperanza, Managua, Nicaragua
Hometown: Managua, Nicaragua
Height: 5′ 3″ / 160cm
Reach: 64″ / 163cm
Boxing Record: click
- Claims an amateur record of 88-0.
- Light Flyweight Gold Medalist at the 2004 Central American Championships in La Sabana, Costa Rica.
- Defeated Yutaka Niida by a fourth-round TKO to win the WBA World Minimumweight Championship in Japan on September 15, 2008. Gonzalez successfully defended the title three times.
- Defeated Francisco Rosas by a second-round KO to win the interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship in Japan on October 24, 2010. Gonzalez was upgraded to full champion in February 2011 and defended the title five times before being upgraded to Super Champion in December 2012.
- Defeated Akira Yaegashi by a ninth-round TKO to win the WBC and The Ring World Flyweight Championship in Japan on September 15, 2014.
- Entered The Ring pound-for-pound ratings at No. 9 in June 2014. Nine months and four knockout wins later, he had advanced to the No. 2 spot. When pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. retired in September 2015, Gonzalez was installed as the new No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
- Has a record of 15-2 (9 KO) in world title fights.
- Has a record of 9-2 (6 KO) against former, current and future world titlists.
- Has a record of 19-2 (13 KO) in fights outside his native Nicaragua.
- On the origin of his nickname, Chocolatito: "My grandfather, Fracois Gonzalez, was a famous boxer in Nicaragua. My uncle, Cali Gonzalez, was also a really good boxer, as well as my father, Luis Gonzalez. Due to his dark skin complexion, everyone called him 'Chocolate.' So when I started boxing, people called me 'Little Chocolate,' which is where the word 'Chocolatito' comes from."
- On Hall of Famer and fellow Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello: "He was my friend and my mentor. My manager was one of his best friends. Alexis and a group of friends formed the company which promotes me in Nicaragua. Our gym is almost a tribute to his life philosophy. There you will see posters of him, trainers who were instructed by him, etc. I remember him often. He taught me what it means to represent Nicaragua in boxing abroad. He was an international star and an ambassador of the sport. Most importantly, he was a good friend, a good person, and somebody who really cared about the fighters. "
Regional & Minor Titles
- Nicaraguan Light Flyweight Championship (February 6, 2006)
- WBA Fedecentro Light Flyweight Championship (February 6, 2006)
- WBA Fedelatin Minimumweight Championship (May 12, 2007)
- Interim WBA World Light Flyweight Championship (October 24, 2010)
| WBA Minimumweight Champion
2008 Sep 15 – 2010
Juan Carlos Reveco
| WBA Light Flyweight Champion
2011 Feb – 2012 Dec
Upgraded to Super Champion
2012 Dec – 2014 Jan
| WBC Flyweight Champion
2014 Sep 5 – 2016 Nov
| WBC Super Flyweight Champion
2016 Sep 10 – 2017 March 19
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai