ROMAN GONZALEZ: "I'M IN GOOD HEALTH"
According to the WBC, former four-division champion Román "Chocolatito" González was greeted at the airport by a large contingent of fans when he returned home to Managua, Nicaragua following his devastating knockout loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai last weekend. For those who missed the stunning bout, Gonzalez was dominated and knocked out in four rounds at the StubHub Center in Carson, California by Sor Rungvisai in a rematch of a very competitive bout that took place earlier in the year. The deputy mayor of Managua, Enrique Armas said, "we want to tell Román that he is still our champion." Gonzalez addressed the crowd, saying, "I have always given my people many victories, but Saturday I could not find the victory. That's the way it is, that's the boxing world and I have no excuses. I was in the best shape but the most important factor is that I'm in good health." --Scott Shaffer