Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez meet in an epic three-way battle on Saturday night (December 3) at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona, live on DAZN – and the Super Fly legends who have ushered in their remarkable journey to the top of the sport.
The rivalry between Estrada and Chocolatito spanned a decade with the pair first meeting in Los Angeles in November 2012 and then rematching in Dallas in March 2021 – with Chocolatito winning first and Estrada leveling in Texas.
Before their duel, Matchroom sat down with both boxers in camp, and while both had much to say about the fight and their futures, they took time to reflect on His incredible path from poverty to greatness.
Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez:
“I was born in Managua, in the neighborhood of Esperanza. I was born into a poor family and God has blessed me to be able to provide for my family and my children and I feel extremely proud to come from a poor family and now Now I can show many young people that if I can do it, they can too. It makes me proud. Really proud to have been born in the Esperanza neighborhood and come from the San Judas gym, where I spent almost all of my time working out and still do to this day.
“All my fans, my people, know I am there and I feel proud to know that I come from a poor family. So it makes me incredibly proud to know that little by little, I made a life for my family and raised the flag for my country.”
Juan Francisco Estrada:
“I am from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. I started boxing at the age of nine. Before that, when I was seven, my mother passed away. When I got into boxing, I went my own way, training, participating in local fights and then state and city competitions. At the age of 14, my father passed away and I continued to play boxing, my aunt and uncle took care of me and my siblings.
“I thought, now that I have lost my parents, I still have my siblings and family by my side and I have to achieve something. Sports is something that my aunt and uncle always passed on to me, my brother and I play every sport but I like boxing. My brother, a year older, said, “Come on, let’s practice boxing.” And two or three months after he joined, I said, “Let’s do it!” And I stayed there. After a while my brother didn’t go anymore. He’s not a fan of diets and I’m still into boxing. When I was 14 years old, I attended a state event in Hermosillo, I was discovered by the coaches of the national boxing team, (Jose) Alfredo Caballero was also the coach there. And they said, “Go to Hermosillo and join the Sonora boxing team.
“From the age of 14, to the age of 15 when I graduated from middle school, I talked to my aunt who was responsible for us back then and I told her I was asked to go to Codeson, whose name is High performance base. in Hermosillo. And she told me if that was what I wanted, she would support me and she did. I went and stayed there, and I have stayed in Hermosillo to this day. And those are my beginnings. I competed in three national championships, I won three golds, I finished fourth and won the silver.
ESTRADA VS. CHOCOLATITO 3 DAYS, START TIME
- Date: Saturday, December 3
- Main Card: 8pm ET / 1am GMT
- The card will transmit live on DAZN in more than 200 countries around the globe
- The match will be held at the Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
- Main Event Ring Road (approx.): 10pm ET / 3am GMT (Sunday)
- Main event set to kick off at 8pm ET / 1am GMT with main event rounds scheduled for 10pm ET / 3am GMT (Sunday).
“When I wanted to join the Mexican national team, there were Mexican boxers that took precedence over me and I was never called up to compete. When I said to Alfredo, “Now go pro,” my dream was to participate in the Olympic Games and that never came true. And Alfredo decided I should make my professional debut at 18.
“I don’t have any memories of being with my mom or dad. My mother died of leukemia. My aunt and uncle knew she was sick. My siblings and I were going on vacation to Mexicali with my aunts and uncles and grandparents and that’s how we did things.
“My aunt from Mexicali knew a gentleman with whom I was so close that I called him ‘Dad’. And he’s from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. From time to time, I remember when I was four years old, we were in Peñasco, and the man talked to my mother and asked if he could take us with him to Los Mochis on vacation and that’s it. I want. I want to go with him because he treats my siblings and me well. And my mother and my aunt both knew my mother was unwell, they let me go. So we went to Los Mochis and from four to seven years old, I was with him.
“He took me to kindergarten and elementary school and I was with him the whole time. Then, when I was seven, my mother passed away and my aunt, who would take care of us, spoke to me. [adopted] father, explaining that she had passed away. And back then, the gentleman was in financial difficulty, and he couldn’t bring me back to Peñasco for the funeral.
“My aunt, when we were in Mochis, she did what she could because we came from a simple family, we didn’t have money to take the bus, but she donated some money to take us got there but not for the return journey, aunt struggled to raise funds for it. I remember back then we were on the train. And we went to Puerto Peñasco and that’s where I lived from 7 to 14 years old, then 15 years old, I moved to Hermosillo. I live there with my brothers and sisters, I box and play sports with them.
“Well, when I was in Puerto Peñales at seven, sometimes with my siblings and aunts, we really had to rush out to eat. I usually go with my aunt to collect the plastic crates, we will help down the port on the ships docked.
“They give us shrimp and fish and we sell. My aunt also makes tortillas for us to sell. We didn’t stay there for a long time, then my aunt met a gentleman, and I also became close to him, and he was like a father to me. He works in construction and from time to time my brother and I will come to work with him. His brother is a gardener and we sometimes come to work with him. We will fight together. In fact, the house my brother lives in was built by me. [adopted] his father, his brother, my brother, and my aunt.
“We all did our part; mix, tile, and we’re there for a while. It was a difficult educational process, but I can say it was a happy one.
“When I started boxing at 9 years old, at an age where a kid doesn’t look beyond that. In fact, when I go to the gym, I think I’m the only kid who gets disciplined because all the kids just love kicking the ball around and going.
“They come to play and chat, but I am there to practice. My coach saw that I was serious and gave it everything. So when I was about 12 or 13 years old, he took me to a professional boxing event. That was the first place I went. It was in San Luis Rio Colorado. I remember watching the main event, the boxer showed up in a nice outfit and the first thing I asked my coach was how much money such a boxer makes.
“I remember him telling me 25,000 pesos. And I think that’s a huge amount of money. And even though I was a kid I started to see more fights and I said that one day we would fight on those cards, earn that kind of money.
“When I turned 15, that’s when I thought, ‘This is going to be my career.” I finished middle school, started high school but because I had to travel to compete a lot in different towns in Mexico, I missed a lot of classes, so I decided to give it my all. with boxing.
“I left high school, signed up for an English course, then dropped out, and to be honest, I focused more on boxing than studying because I set myself the goal of becoming a world champion one day. some. Like I said, from the age of 15, that was my goal. I said, one day I will be world champion and that’s the reason to go to Hermosillo.
“Back then, at the age of 15, when I went to Hermosillo, my family, my siblings and I would say, ‘Well, I don’t have parents. I had to give it all to become someone in my life.” And I always prepare myself mentally. Now I have four children. They encourage me every day, my wife who always supports me.
“I met her in middle school, we’ve been together since we were 17 and thank God we’re still together today. And they are the driving force behind me. They visited me a week ago because I haven’t seen them in a month and I’m so glad my kids are growing up and they are all my motivation and when I get into the ring and even when practice, I do it for them. They are the ones who always encourage me.
“I feel all the sacrifices, efforts and hard training sessions because boxing is not easy. I think it’s one of the hardest sports out there and I’m very happy and grateful to coach Alfredo Caballero, who has been with me since I was 15 years old. My wife and family have also supported me, and I think that allows me to keep moving forward. And that makes me very happy because I feel like I have achieved more than I expected.”
ESTRADA VS. GONZALEZ BATTLE TRY
- Juan Francisco Estrada versus Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez; For the vacant WBC flyweight title
- Julio Cesar Martinez versus Samuel Carmona; For Martinez’s WBC flyweight title
- Joselito Velazquez vs Cristofer Rosales, Fly Rank
- Diego Pacheco vs Ricardo Adrian Luna; For Pacheco’s WBC USNBC super middleweight title
- Marc Castro vs. Maickol Lopez Villagrana; Super light
- Beatriz Ferreira versus Carisse Brown; Super light
- Anthony Herrera versus Juan Sequeira; super fly