WBC flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez will make his first pay-per-view appearance when he faces former two-division titlist Brian Viloria as the co-feature to Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux on October 17 at Madison Square Garden.
Gonzalez, who made his HBO debut in May with a second round KO over Edgar Sosa, will be making the third defense of his title.
“I know Brian Viloria is a great champion and it will be a hard fight, but I am ready for the challenge,” said Gonzalez. “I have faith that God will give me the strength to keep training and be able to give all my fans my best fight ever.”
Viloria’s last HBO appearance was a April 2013 split decision defeat to Juan Francisco Estrada. Since then, “Hawaiian Punch” has put together a four-fight win streak against lesser opposition.
“I’ve fought and won on the world’s biggest stages against the best of the best,” declared Viloria. “I’ve prepared my whole life to win at every level of competition from World Amateur titles to the Olympic Games to professional world titles. And this fight, against Roman Gonzalez, is likely to be my biggest challenge yet. But, it’s Roman’s biggest challenge too. This is the realization of my dreams and I will make the most of it on fight night.
I applaud Roman for accepting this fight, together, we will give boxing fans something special, something they can talk about for a very long time.”
Tickets for Golovkin-Lemieux will go on sale Wednesday August 12 at 12:00 p.m. ET through the Madison Square Garden Box Office and Ticketmaster outlets.