Madison Square Garden was treated to an action packed super flyweight title fight that ended in a controversial decision. Román ‘Chocolatito’ González faced off with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Saturday night in a back and forth fight where power punches and head clashes were constant. Blood poured from the face of González for the majority of the bout as a result of a round 3 head clash inherently caused by an orthodox and southpaw fighter going toe-to-toe in a phone booth. Almost 2,000 punches were thrown between the two fighters over the course of 12 hellish rounds.
According to CompuBox punch statistics, González, landed 441 of 1,013 punches, while Sor Rungvisai connected with 284 of 940.
In round 1 González (46-1, 38 KOs) got off to a slow start and found himself on the canvas for the first time in 10 years. Sor Rungvisai (42-4-1, 38 KOs) dropped him with a body shot that sent him backwards. The crowd was stunned. In round 6 Sor Rungvisai head butted González again and was deducted a point by Steve Willis, the referee.
Judges Glenn Feldman and Julie Lederman each scored the fight 114-113 for Sor Rungvisai and judge Waleska Roldan had it 113-113.
Sor Rungvisai won his 15th straight fight while González suffered the first loss of his career. “I thought I won the fight. I want an immediate rematch. I want to get my title back,” said González through a translator.
He lost his WBC super flyweight title in his first defense and a rematch with Carlos Cuadras is now out of the question. González and Sor Rungvisai will likely fight again later this year on the HBO PPV card between Canelo and GGG that’s supposedly taking place in September.