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Chocolatito: Roman’s reign as P4P king set to be short-lived

Phil Jay 21/09/2016

Chris Farina

Despite taking over from Floyd Mayweather as the highest-ranked pound for pound fighter on the planet by World Boxing News, Roman Gonzalez is set to be ousted after just two months.

The Nicaraguan has been in scintillating form over the past few years, leading to several world titles at multiple weights, and is just three victories away from overhauling Mayweather’s 49-0 retirement record. No mean feat, even without mentioning the fact the 29 year-old has stopped 38 of his opponents so far to give him an 83% KO ratio. On the whole, it would be pretty fair to say Gonzalez deserves to be ahead of the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez on current form.

There is one fight made this year that will change all that though as Andre Ward challenges Sergey Kovalev for the unified light-heavyweight titles. The decision by Main Events and RocNation to collaborate in bringing these two fighters together has significance to the P4P climate.

As Ward was on the brink of being Mayweathers’ natural successor until a prolonged absence due to outside contractual issues, the American deserves to be recognised should he conquer another division following an untouched reign at 168 pounds.

Ward still hasn’t tasted defeat and would one hundred percent deserve to be placed at number one with another clutch of world titles around his waist. That being the case, and as Kovalev has hardly put a foot wrong in basically cleaning up at 175, the Russian upsetting the odds to take Ward’s unbeaten run would arguably put ‘Krusher’ in the same bracket.

Therefore, the winner of November 19 will have a coronation night to remember at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and begin a new era for the sport, as nobody above the welterweight limit has been recognized as the figurehead of the sport since Lennox Lewis cleaned up at heavyweight.

Gonzalez would probably have to unify at 115, or better still, move up again to bantamweight and beat one of the belt holders at 118, should ‘Chocolatito’ focus his efforts on reclaiming his position after a brief stint at the summit.

See the full WBN Pound for Pound Top 50 here

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