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Exclusive: ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez talks future weight move, breaking Marciano/Mayweather 49-0 record

Phil Jay 05/07/2016

📷Ed Mulholland

As Roman Gonzalez continues to be linked to a potential super-flyweight challenge against Carlos Cuadras, the current WBC flyweight king has made it clear to WBN that a move up the divisions is planned at some point.

Gonzalez, who is widely recognized as the best active fighter on the planet, has put together a standout 45-0 record with 38 stoppages and has formed a knockout TV network partnership with middleweight star Gennady Golovkin.

‘Chocolatito’ has shared HBO top billing with ‘GGG’ for his last three successful title defenses on his way to gaining a mass of new fans, alongside a fearsome reputation as one of the hardest hitters in the sport – pound for pound.

So what’s the next step for Gonzalez? WBN caught up with the Nicaraguan hardman to find out and started by asking the 29 year-old about the chances of a 115 pound contest in the near future.

“I would love to move up to super flyweight in order to try and conquer a fourth world title for God, my country, family, team, and fans. I still do not know when, but I feel I am ready,” Gonzalez exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I believe in boxing you have to naturally burn your weight classes. I will train, and if my body lets me move up – and my team believes it is ok, then we will discuss the topic.”

Quizzed on how many more weight classes may be possible for the already three-weight world champion, Gonzalez added: “I really do not know how many, only God knows.

“It is a true blessing for me that God gave me this talent, and with his help – and my family, I have been able to be recognized and help other people through boxing. I thank God every day.”

In just four fights, Gonzalez could equal the current undefeated retirement record of greats Rocky Marciano and Floyd Mayweather – which stands at 49-0, whilst the Managua man has plenty of time on his hands to surpass them both.

“I believe Marciano is a legend but have not seen many of his fights. Mayweather, to me, is the most intelligent boxer ever, but I do not box to break records,” he explained. “I box to help my family. The only thing I hope for every day, is for God to give me the strength to keep breathing in order to box.”

With the lower weight classes currently creating a stir with the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux and Vasyl Lomachenko making the transition from legendary amateur to world-class professional, WBN concluded by asking Gonzalez if he can ever envisage a day when he shares the ring opposite either fighter.

“They are both great fighters. I admire Rigo a lot more since I have seen more of his fights, but I really have never considered fighting them,” stated Gonzalez.