Roman Gonzalez & Carlos Cuadras
BERNIE BAHRMASEL: Good afternoon and Good Morning to the
international press and thanks very much for joining us on
this Media Conference Call promoting the highly anticipated
World Middleweight Championship between Unified Middleweight
World Champion GENNADY “GGG” GOLOVKIN, (36-0, 33 KO’s) and
WBA Middleweight World Champion and Mandatory Challenger
DANIEL “The Miracle Man” JACOBS, (32-1, 29 KO’s) set for
Saturday, March 18 from THE Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square
Garden in New York City.
Joining us first on the call today is the Consensus #1
Pound-for-Pound Fighter in the World from his training camp
in Costa Rica, ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ. Sporting a
record of 46-0 with 38 knockouts, Roman is joined on the
call by his longtime manager CARLOS BLANDON to discuss his
WBC Super Flyweight World Championship defense against
Mandatory Challenger SRISAKET SOR RUNGVISAI, (41-4-1, 38
KO’s), in the co-main event on March 18th.
Later in the call, we will joined by former WBC Super
Flyweight World Champion CARLOS “PRINCIPE” CUADRAS and his
trainer RUDY HERNANDEZ who are wrapping up camp in Los
In a special attraction 10-round super flyweight bout on the
HBO Pay-Per-View, Cuadras will battle Mexico City cross-town
arch rival DAVID “SEVERO” CARMONA.
This past September 10 at the Fabulous Forum and telecast,
“Chocolatito”and Cuadras clashed in one of the best fights
of 2016, as Roman Gonzalez won his fourth division world
TOM LOEFFLER: We couldn’t be more excited to have
‘Chocolatito’ back on the show with Gennady and it is a
great match-up. On any other show it would clearly be the
main event. ‘Chocolatito’ headlined the show last September
at the Fabulous Forum and had a tremendous victory over
Carlos Cuadras winning a world title in his fourth weight
division and is universally considered the No. 1 pound for
pound fighter in the world. We are excited for this
match-up. It is a tough match-up that’s mandated by the WBC
against Rungvisai from Thailand who is a very big puncher
and I know many boxing fans are really looking forward to
this fight. With that I would like to introduce Carlos
Blandon to say a few words. He has been with Roman in
CARLOS BLANDON: I would like to thank everyone that is
making this possible – HBO, Teiken Promotions and K2
Promotions and Madison Square Garden for hosting us once
again on March 18. Roman and the whole ‘Chocolatito’ team is
very excited and happy once again to be showcasing Roman’s
talents at Madison Square Garden, The Mecca of Boxing, and
we think it is going to be an excellent night of boxing on
fight night. And thanks to Gennady, who we admire and we are
very happy to be fighting under his name once again. At the
same time having Carlos Cuadras with Rudy Hernandez being
able to fight before us makes for a full program of action.
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: First of all I want to say
that we are ready for next Saturday. I want to thank God and
I want to thank HBO and K2 Promotions and Madison Square
Garden. Everything has gone great during this camp and once
again it is an honor to be on a card featuring Gennady
Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs.
How was it to be a headliner on your last show?
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: It was a great opportunity in
Los Angeles that HBO gave me to fight Carlos Cuadras in the
feature fight. It was a great fight with an amazing
atmosphere. The fans from Mexico and Nicaragua came out. I
think it showed that I have the power that I can fill a big
arena like the Forum. I was very happy and to be the
co-feature with Golovkin is another great opportunity and I
realize that there are going to be a lot of fans of
Nicaraguan descent that will descend upon Madison Square
Garden and I want to give them a very positive result.
How was it fighting at the heavier weight? You got touched
up a little in the Cuadras fight. Do you feel you can
dominate at the heavier weight?
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: I have always had respect for
my opponent and it was a very tough fight at 115. Never did
I think it was going to be easy campaigning in this division
at 115 - it takes time to get used to and I think that’s
what is happening at the moment but I think I will be fine.
What was the reception like when you returned home after not
only winning another world title but passing the legend of
Arguello by winning a fourth world title?
That day was very memorable when I returned home. People
were lined up in the streets and they were greeting me all
over and to be honest, being home, they gave me their love.
The people of Nicaragua gave me their love and without
question it makes me so happy to represent the country of
Nicaragua, that now after winning this world title I have to
hold onto it.
Do you feel a need move to move to higher weight divisions
or do you feel you are fighting for the guys in the lower
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: From a legacy standpoint I
have already accomplished a lot and now my goal is to hold
onto my fourth world title in order to gain higher purses
and more money and I want to continue to show that I am a
quality fighter and I am a great fighter and I want to move
forward and I think a second fight with Cuadras will
certainly do that. But I am fixed on holding on to this
world title moving forward.
What do you want to accomplish next?
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: A fourth world title was
something that was an absolute blessing. I want to thank God
and it meant so much to me. No, aside from holding onto my
world title, I could possibly go for a fifth world
championship – in a different weight division – but first I
understand that I need to hold onto to this title at the
How many tickets are left for the fight at Madison Square
TOM LOEFFLER: The tickets are selling very well. The last
show where Gennady and ‘Chocolatito’ had fought together at
the Garden in October 2015, we were completely sold out and
right now the tickets are ahead of that. So we expect a sold
out arena and the fans have reacted to the combination again
of Gennady and ‘Chocolatito’ on the same show.
How does this opponent compare to Cuadras and what type of
challenges do you expect?
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: I always know it’s going to be
a different rival and challenge. Against Carlos Cuadras it
was a great fight and I certainly learned a lot in that
match-up and especially in my training camp. On this one
coming up on the 18th of March, I expect a great fight and I
want to put on a great fight for the fans and I realize what
I have to do because at the end of the day I want to have my
had raised in victory.
Do you want to fight Cuadras again? How did that fight
compare to the toughest you have had?
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: As I look at a fight coming up
against Carlos Cuadras again I realize I have to train
harder. Every opponent presents different challenges. I do
believe that the second fight, the rematch, will be better.
But heading into the rematch, assuming all goes according to
plan, I will be confident and I know he will be a little bit
more because of the time we shared in the ring. I do believe
I can go out there and get the knockout in the rematch.
Do you feel better training in Costa Rica than in
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: Every camp is very good. Every
camp runs very well when it comes to training in Costa Rica.
I like it because I almost feel at home as if in Nicaragua.
There are mountains here and water and I just feel so
comfortable in Costa Rica.
You have a tough fight coming up on the 18th and Cuadras
says that you didn’t want the rematch immediately…
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: It doesn’t really matter what
he says. If he wants to go ahead and get into a verbal match
with me, that’s not what I am going to focus on. I am the
champion right now. I realize that the rematch is down the
line. I have a lot of respect for him. I am fighting for the
lower weight classes and a rematch will be in the cards if
it does transpire. That will happen down the line and I am
all about fighting for the lower weight classes to make them
prominent in boxing.
This is a tough time in the United States for Hispanics and
Latinos . . .
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: My fight is for the public. I
am always very happy for the adulation. These days I want to
move forward and make people happy by my performance.
ROMAN “CHOCOLATITO” GONZALEZ: Thank you very much to all of
the public, God bless you and we will see you Saturday on
CARLOS BLANDON: We are so appreciative of everything and
getting ready for March 18 – Roman is training his heart
out. You are going to see a faster and stronger Roman and
wee are putting everything in God’s hands. Thanks again to
HBO Teiken and K2 and The Garden for making this possible.
RUDY HERNANDEZ: We are ready and we are just wishing the
fight was tomorrow.
CARLOS CUADRAS: I am very well trained and I am excited for
this fight. My goal is to come out and win against Carmona
on March 18
When you fought Chocolatito, did you feel as if you were
fighting for the smaller weight classes?
CARLOS CUADRAS: We are obviously fighting for higher purses
and we are representing the lighter weight classes. We are
going to give a show and demonstrate our high quality
action. But we do realize when we fight inside that ring
that we can provide action and put on a show as good as if
not better than the higher weight classes and that will lead
to more lucrative purses and higher paydays down the line.
Chocolatito has talked about fighting at 118. Would you
accept a rematch at 118?
CARLOS CUADRAS: I will do it at whatever weight he wants to
do it at. If he wants to fight and do the rematch at 118, no
problem. We can even do the rematch in the heavyweight
division. It will be a great fight. I am going to bring the
fight to him. I have the medicine in my hands and the power
to get after and to dispel of ‘Chocolatito’.
You always seem happy and smiling in such a brutal sport…
CARLOS CUADRAS: I love boxing and boxing is my life. If
someone has a passion for something in anything that they do
it shows and with me I love boxing. It is absolutely my life
and I enjoy being in the gym competing against great
fighters, partaking in the sport of boxing and it is
something that I really love.
Do you think that helps lighten the pressure?
CARLOS CUADRAS: I enjoy the moment. I don’t let the pressure
get to me. I don’t pay attention to that. I get to fight in
these massive arenas. Every day when I step in the ring my
focus is squarely on the opponent across from me. Thank you
very much and say hello to all of those in Mexico!
Juan Francisco Estrada has called you out – so what do you
think about him or ‘Chocolatito’?
CARLOS CUADRAS: Juan Francisco Estrada is a great fighter
and it is almost a guarantee since we are both of Mexican
descent that we will collide at some point down the line.
But it is true that I want to fight Chocolatito in the
rematch. That is what I want. He has the world title and
that is what I want. But down the line we will have a match
What do you think about the Canelo-Chavez Jr. fight?
CARLOS CUADRAS: Julio Cesar Chavez should win the fight. He
is bigger and he is stronger and if he comes in condition
and ready to perform at the highest level I think he should
get the victory.
How do the Mexican fans respond to you?
CARLOS CUADRAS: As to the response of the Mexican boxing
fans they absolutely embrace me following my fight with
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez.
Do you feel that, since you did not get an immediate
rematch, that it may not happen at all?
I do believe that he is running from me. He has fear of me.
Look, if he wants to fight me at 118, no problem. I will go
up to 118 pounds. Whatever weight he is, if he will give me
the fight, I will be there and I will fight him in the
How much of a chance do you give Rungvisai against
Rungvisai is a very strong opponent and hits hard. If
Chocolatito allows him to have his distance, he could knock
him out so he has to be wary. He is a very tough and
dangerous opponent, as I can attest to.
RUDY HERNANDEZ: Carlos is looking to shine on March 18 and
hopes to steal the show and hopes HBO gives him the
opportunity to fight again.
CARLOS CUADRAS: I have watched Carmona fight. He is from
Mexico City and we are fellow countrymen. I think he is a
very tough fighter. I watched his last fight when he lost by
unanimous decision. But I am going to go out there and I
will be looking for the knockout.
TOM LOEFFLER: We are excited to have both Roman
‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras on the card. This
is a tremendous show that we have put together. They had a
war in September of last year and Carlos lost a close
decision and we wanted to feature him because he was a crowd
favorite. Now with Roman defending his title against the
mandatory and GGG versus Jacobs we are very excited for next