Mon, 2016-04-25 12:32
What a beautiful performance from Roman Gonzalez!! Mcwilliams Arrayo looked fantastic in this fight, he couldn't have done any better at all, the heart he showed, the stamina he proved to have worked himself up to being able to gain, the will to win, that is something you just have to applaud. I thought the tactics from Roman Gonzalez, offensively were perfect, defensively, they were very good indeed, I do think his defence in general is better than what he showed us in this fight. There are some things I picked up on from Roman Gonzalez in this this fight which I thought were impressive to the highest extent, I thought the way he sustained that work rate for 3 solid minutes per round was phenomenal, and to do this whilst being switched on completely as well, was great, I loved the way he used his punches to get himself into to range to land more, I think one of the biggest problems for Arrayo was being unable to anticipate whether his opponent was going to lead with the jab, or the follow up right hand, both were so crisp, so forceful, so meaningful, so precise. I noticed that because of the range control, the pressure that was so accurate, educated, but immense, Gonzalez would always have the ability to control the pace, but also control where abouts in the ring the fight took place, this was what I believe separated the two fighters in class, the defence of Gonzalez when he chose to use it, was brilliant, just making his opponent miss by a millimetre, and then stepping back into range in a blend in with the offence he successfully attempts, he makes this look easy, the work rate is what stands out. Arrayo seemed to be comfortable enough in the fight to stay just there, but he was so rarely overcoming Gonzalez, there just seemed to be a little bit more on the punches of Gonzalez, although Arrayo landed with the heavier punches at times, he certainly didn't land with the better punches overall. I noticed Gonzalez hurt Arrayo a few times, but not vise vurser, I loved the way Gonzalez took advantage of having his opponent in trouble, keeping the pressure on, using some throw away punches to to set up openings, and letting dangerous punches go, but at the same time, not leaving himself open and easy to catch on the counter. I noticed the footwear related issue for Arrayo in round 4 turned out to be insignificant, it was suggested that it actually helped his footwork, but I think his footwork improved merely because his tactics were altered, I thought the lateral movement of Arrayo was fantastic, boxing off the back foot clearly benefited him, the timing on the left hook and right uppercut was exceptional, and these shots were so precise, he was able to have great success with these punches in particular, but this success never gave him any kind of authority and never asserted any control over Gonzalez, and Gonzalez was always more than happy to walk through the punches of his opponent in order to find extra openings, something I noticed was the way he was able to box through the shots of Arrayo, and his offence was rarely negated by the intelligent boxing of Arrayo, which is something that is only positive in favour of Gonzalez, and nothing to criticise about Arrayo. Something I loved about this fight was how positive it was, I had Arrayo losing by a wide margin, but to lose a one sided fight, and land so many punches in doing it, shows how much success his opponent must have had. It seemed like every little mistake or minor weakness Gonzalez seemed to show was under his control, and he had chosen to box in a way that could create success on the side of his opponent, for the reward of being able to box in a way in which he is most successful, and the fight is made to be more positive in the process, I admire how fan friendly Roman Gonzalez is.
In terms of scoring, I don't like 120-108, I don't think it is a fair score, a shut out suggests the runner up was not in the fight, and Arrayo was certainly in this fight throughout, with the exception of rounds 2, 4, 8, and 12, you had to give every round to Gonzalez, there were a couple of very one sided rounds when Gonzalez had hurt Arrayo (this created dominant streaks in the rounds), but whether the round was empathetic or not, Gonzlaez clearly banked 8/12 of those rounds, I think any score from 117-111 to 119-109 is fair, I think given the fact that this fight was quite competitive, but one sided, you have to have Gonzlaez up by at least 6 points in the end.
It is difficult to say who I believe can challenge (and I mean really challenge) Roman Gonzalez, I like the idea of him moving up to super flyweight, and if he did this, I think Gonzalez vs Tete would make for an outstanding fight, and that isn't by any means the only fight Gonzalez can have in that division that is worth while. Roman Gonzalez is a very special fighter, it's really good to watch him perform, he's a technician, he's an athlete, he's an artist, and he's one of the biggest sporting talents around today.
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