LOS ANGELES — Flyweight star Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (43-0, 37 KOs) couldn’t have delivered a better U.S. and HBO debut in needing less than two full rounds to mow down respected veteran Edgar Sosa (51-9, 30 KOs).
Sosa attempted to fight off the backfoot but found himself quickly timed with lead hooks and straight rights to the body. Gonzalez accomplished this with precision timing and accuracy. The WBC champion also showed showed excellent defense in casually picking off most of Sosa’s attempts to counter.
In round two, Gonzalez scored his first knockdown when the fight went inside via an overhand right. Sosa beat the count and took another quick trip to the canvas after back-peddling into a left and right uppercut. The final knockdown came with Sosa trapped on the ropes and forced to his knees by nearly 30 unanswered power shots.
Potential future opponents include an anticipated rematch and unification against WBA and WBO titlist Juan Francisco Estrada, who debuted on HBO in 2013 by defeating Brian Viloria, and moving up to face super flyweight phenom and WBO champion Naoya Inoue.