GLENDALE, Arizona – Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez admitted that he might not be done with Juan Francisco Estrada.
That’s if he’s not done with the sport altogether.
The legendary former four-division titlist came up just short in his rubber match with Mexico’s Estrada, who claimed a majority decision win in their DAZN headliner Saturday evening at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. For the first time in their series, Gonzalez failed to emerge victorious on a single scorecard. Judge Chris Tellez (114-114) had it dead even, while judges Dennis O’Connell (115-113) and Tim Cheatham (116-112) ruled in favor of Estrada, who regained the vacant WBC 115-pound title and defended his lineal championship for the fifth time.
“All fights are different and are difficult, but this one was the most difficult for me,” Gonzalez confessed during his post-fight interview.
Nicaragua’s Gonzalez (51-4, 41KOs) claimed a competitive but clear twelve-round, unanimous decision over Estrada (44-3, 28KOs) in a November 2012 WBA junior flyweight title defense. The two would meet more than eight years later, with Estrada taking a disputed twelve-round, split decision in their lineal/WBC/WBA 115-pound unification clash last March 13 in Dallas, Texas.
Saturday’s bout broke the tie but, throughout the promotion and in the aftermath, carried the possibility of a fourth entry in their memorable series. Absent his landing the winner of the Joshua Franco-Kazuto Ioka WBA/WBO unification bout on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, Estrada was receptive to the idea of a quadrilogy should his longtime friendly rival make such a demand.
That would leave matters up to the 35-year-old Gonzalez, should he elect to add to a 17-year-career long ago destined for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
“Well, as long as they pay well, of course. Why not,” Gonzalez quipped, before offering a more serious response as it relates to his future in the sport. “I’m not sure yet. I will have to discuss it with my family. My children are the most important thing and I have to take that into consideration.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox