González Retains WBC Crown With Viloria Stoppage

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Román González outlined his status as one of the best fighters in the world as he increased his unbeaten record.

The Nicaraguan three-weight world champion, who has held belts at strawweight and light flyweight, retained his WBC flyweight title in New York.

González ended the challenge of Hawaii’s Brian Viloria inside nine rounds with a scintillating display in front of a sold-out 20,548 crowd at Madison Square Garden to improve to 44-0 (38).

Viloria, who has defeated nine world champions during his career, was outboxed and outclassed by the champ, who was making his third defence of the crown won back in 2013 and, in beating ‘The Hawaiian Punch’, stopped his 10th opponent in that time.

The fight began fast as Viloria seeked to stamp his authority against the 28-year-old, but it appeared one-sided for the majority as González landed just about everything he threw.

It continued in the manner, other than the odd flurry from the challenger, until the end of the fight, which was called with seven seconds of round nine remaining in what was arguably his most complete performance to date.

After the fight, questions were asked as to whether ‘Chocolatito’ would face Naoya Inoue, the WBO super flyweight champion, if he was to step up.

But where his future lies remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: he underlined his position at the top of three emphatically.

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