Exclusive: Spencer Oliver fears the end of Roman Gonzalez, talks Kal Yafai, Naoya Inoue

Joe Hewlett 19/09/2017
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Roman Gonzalez tasted defeat for the second time running as he failed to avenge his defeat to Wisaksil Wangek (Srisaket Sor Rungvisai) after a crushing fourth-round KO.

The former four-weight world champion’s career was left in tatters earlier this month with the boxing world questioning whether he can return to such devastating losses.

Spencer Oliver watched the fight in his Sky Sports role and admitted he was surprised to see Wangek dismantle Chocolatito in such fashion.

“I thought the first fight was really close and it could have gone either way, Gonzalez finished the fight really strong. The knockdown in the first round might have cost him the fight so the second time I thought he’d win, I thought the loss might have revitalised him,” Oliver exclusively told World Boxing News.

“But seeing him on the scales, I thought he looked a bit fleshy and when I saw him in the dressing room getting his gloves on, he just didn’t look right to me. He looked like there was fear in him and the performance showed that, he looked off the pace and the way he got done was dramatic.

“It wasn’t just a surprise to me, but to everyone. The fight may have left him, it looked like a fighter that was past his best. It may be the end of him if I’m being honest. Three fights ago, we were talking about him being the pound-for-pound best!”

The super-flyweight division has lit up with the arrival of the likes of WBO king Naoya Inoue and Britain’s IBF champion Kal Yafai.

Oliver believes Yafai will have a tough shift in unifying the division but believes the Brummie can become a superstar if succeeding.

“Inoue looks sensational and could be the star of the division,” he said.

“They’re all hard fights, the super-flyweight division has just come out of nowhere and Kal is a great fighter himself. I think the fights that he has got can make him a great fighter because they are all great.

“We got five or six kids who are world-class fighters which is rare these days. They’re 50/50 fights which is what he wants because he can make big money and also become a huge star,” Oliver concluded.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95