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WBC PRESIDENT SULAIMAN SAYS VILORIA VS GONZALEZ IS ACCEPTABLE TO THE WBC


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World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has said that former two division world champion Brian Viloria is "acceptable" to the WBC as a possible opponent of undefeated champion and pound for pound No. 2 Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez of Nicaragua who returns to the ring on October 17th at New York's famed Madison Squre Garden on the card highlighted by the battle between the popular, hard-hitting Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on October 17.

Aside from Viloria who is coming off a smashing 1st round TKO of Omar Soto last Saturday at the Florentin Gardens in California, the other possible opponent of Gonzalez is Mexican Giovanni Segura who, some years ago was mauled by Viloria into submission by an 8th round TKO.

The fight card will be telecast by the premier HBO Sports network.

Gonzalez is coming off a 2nd round TKO of former world champion Edgar Sosa at tge Inglewood Forum in California last May 16. WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman was quoted by the WBC website as telling ESPN "We are very happy for “Chocolatito” as he's going to be part of this card."

Sulaiman added "Golovkin and ¨Chocolatito¨ have created a lot of interest and both of them are on for October 17th.”

Regarding the possible rivals of Gonzalez, Mauricio commented: “Giovanni Segura and Brian Viloria are the main possibilities, and both of them are acceptable for the WBC.”

Boxing Scene quoted Gonzalez who indicated he would like to fight Viloria if the price is right after Viloria claimed the undefeated Nicaraguan had avoided him the last two years.

He insisted “I’m not running from anyone. I am ready to fight anyone but all I want is a good purse."

While the name of former champion Giovanni Segura has been mentioned as a possible opponent, Gonzalez said “it will be a good fight but will pay me less" even as he emphasized he wants to fight Viloria who is coming off a spectacular 1st round TKO of Omar Soto in a rematch last Saturday after which he called out Gonzalez.

Viloria’s trainer Freddie Roach, according to Viloria in a post-fight interview with the New Standard/boxingmirror.com, said Roach had told him that if he trained hard he could beat Gonzalez.

Viloria's manager Gary Gittelsohn told the New Standard boxingmirror.com that he is in negotiations with the Gonzalez people but that it would not be productive to say anything more so as not to jeopardize the talks.


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