Will Roman Gonzalez vs Wisaksil Wangek (Srisaket Sor Rungvisai) Steal The Show?
BY KID HERSH
While no one would mistake Wisaksil Wangek, alias Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, for Carlos Cuadras in the skills and abilities department I also think that boxing heads are overlooking just how good of a fight this could be. Surely anyone can glance at boxrec and see that they both sport a very high 83% knockout rate, with Wangek's being over 90% in fights he wins, but it's more so the style matchup that intrigues me for this fight.
So why does this fight have the potential to steal the show on the HBO PPV at Madison Square Garden in the pre main event to the highly hyped Gennady "GGG" Golovkin vs Daniel "Miracle Man" Jacobs? Styles. Chocolatito fights going forward. Wangek fights going forward.
It's easy to make a case that Chocolatito is the obvious pick in this one. Wangek lacks real dimension to his game; he comes forward and looks to land his power. Chocolatito should be able to give some angles and use his legs to step to the side of Wangek's rushes or even completely turn him and cause him to reset.
The interesting thing to me is still the fact that neither man is going to be ok fighting backwards. Perhaps people are thinking this fight will look like Chocolatito's bout against Edgar Sosa, and maybe it will, but I have a hard time seeing it. I picture a war where both men are inside in the pocket and are blocking what they can but mainly focusing on defense. The question is what if Wangek manages to push Chocolatito backwards? Wangek has spent his whole career at super flyweight and no doubt will be the physically stronger man in there. Muscles don't win in boxing, but they help for inside fighting to impose your will - which is the whole purpose of everything you do in your game plan.
I think this is a good sleeper fight. Sure I can see Chocolatito thwarting the bit 1D style of Wangek, but I can also see a slugfest between two punchers that has some serious thrills. Carlos Cuadras had his hands full with Wangek before the accidental clash of heads ended the bout and I think we need to remember that Cuadras uses his legs far far more than Chocolatito does. Great fight on a great night of fights.