IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs will be fighting on March 18, and on the undercard the rematch between WBC super flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KOs) and Carlos Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KOs) is expected to take place. Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler revealed the news of Gonzalez-Cuadras being a strong possibility for the undercard.
Loeffler is excited about having those two high quality fighters on the undercard, as it gives the Golovkin-Jacobs card a strong 1-2 punch for HBO pay-per-view on March 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Gonzalez moved up from the flyweight division last September to beat Cuadras, who was then the WBC super flyweight champion, by a 12 round unanimous decision in front of a packed house at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez won the fight by the scores 115-113, 116-112 and 117-111. Many of the rounds were very close with little to separate the two fighters.
The judges ultimately sided with the 29-year-old Gonzalez based on his consistent work over the course of the fight. Gonzalez never stopped throwing shots, and he did an admirable job of pressuring the bigger and stronger Cuadras. What made the fight close was the powerful combinations that Cuasdras would snap off from time to time in each round. Gonzalez was hit by a lot of heavy blows during these instances. The results saw a much lumped up Gonzalez by the end of the fight.
For Gonzalez, this would be the fourth time since 2015 that he’s been paired with one of Golovkin’s fight cards. Gonzalez fought Edgar Sosa and Brian Viloria in 2015 on Golovkin cards in knocking out both fighters. In 2016, Gonzalez defeated McWilliams Arroyo on Golovkin’s April 23 card on HBO Championship Boxing. Gonzalez’s popularity has increased with every appearance that he’s made on Golovkin’s cards, as it’s given him a lot of visibility. In each case, Gonzalez has fought in the co-feature. It’s been a great way to increase Gonzalez’s popularity with U.S boxing fans in a hurry.
Gonzalez will need to work on his defense for the rematch with Cuadras, as he took a lot of punishment in their previous fight. Gonzalez’s was badly swollen from the heavy bombardment from the younger Cuadras. That was one of the reasons why Cuadras felt that he should have won the fight. He pointed out afterwards that his face was relatively unmarked, whereas Gonzalez’s looked like he’d taken a beating in the fight.
In fairness, Gonzalez started his career out at minimumweight in 2005, and he’s moved up in weight three divisions since then. Cuadras has always been at super flyweight during his career. He has a big advantage over Gonzalez when it comes to natural size. Gonzalez is a fighter that has moved up in weight three times to capture more titles. Thus far, Gonzalez has won world titles at minimumweight, light flyweight, flyweight and Super flyweight. That’s very impressive.