Entering his title defense against Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez was considered by many to be the #1 pound for pound boxer in the world. However, his jump into the super flyweight division has proven to be more difficult than what some may have assumed.
His previous fight against Carlos Cuadras was hard fought, but Gonzalez survived and won a decision. Early on against Ringvisai, it was apparent that he'd be in for another tough fight. Adversity hit quickly, as Chocolatito was dropped in the 1st round and was instantly in comeback mode.
An ugly gash also opened up over his right eye, that'd play a part in the way he performed moving forward. The 2nd round wasn't much better for Gonzalez, but it was apparent that he was getting his bearings about him. As the middle rounds approached Gonzalez was able to get the better of the exchanges and began to climb himself out of a hole on the cards.
The middle rounds were contested as both fighters bit down and traded flurries of power punches. Gonzalez's accuracy shown bright as he slipped in countless uppercuts and body punches at close range. It wasn't until the championship rounds that Ringvisai was able to visibly land more punches than Gonzalez and win a few rounds, or so fans thought.
The fighters swung until the final bell rang, and instantly social media rang out with "match of the year" accolades, hyperbole is alive in well in 2017, but regardless of seeding, the match had delivered the action that fans had expected.
Both fighters licked their wounds, mainly Gonzalez, as the judges tabulated their scores. The majority of onlookers felt Gonzalez had done enough to escape with his perfect record intact. But they were wrong.
To the shock of many, Ringvisai was announced as the victor of a majority decision (113-113, 114-112, 114-112). The crowd at Madison Square Garden vehemently booed the decision; a disservice to the amazing fight both fighters just put on.
Gone was Gonzalez's unbeaten record, his championship, and his spot on top boxing's P4P list. The question now becomes, how far will Gonzalez fall?
Already underrated due to his size, it's safe to assume that he will fall below many of the heavier men ranked on the list. Andre Ward's narrow victory over Sergey Kovalev likely propels him into the top spot, but Kovalev can't be far behind. Main event headliner Gennady "GGG" Golovkin will most likely jump Gonzalez with his tough victory over Daniel Jacobs. Not to mention up-and-comers Vasyl Lomachenko, Keith Thurman, and Terrence Crawford.
Sadly for fans of Chocolatito, this fight likely drops him out of the top 5 in the P4P list. He can try to climb the list again, but it's hard to see him getting back the title of the best boxer on the planet.