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“Chocolatito” González will fight for the WBC light fly belt

Nicaraguan fighter Román “Chocolatito” González will try to snatch the light flyweight belt from Japan this Friday, Akira Yaegashi, current champion of the World Boxing Council (WBC), in a long-awaited fight held in Tokyo.
“Chocolatito” (Managua, 1987) arrives in the Japanese capital undefeated and with an intimidating record of 36 knockouts, close to 90 percent of his 39 victories.
The Nicaraguan will try to expand his record after achieving the absolute world title of minimum weight of the World Boxing Association (WBA) in 2008 and the crown of the light fly category awarded by the same organization in 2011.
On the other side of the ring, Yaegashi will defend his belt after winning the previous three matches against Mexicans Óscar Blanquet, Edgar Sosa and Odilon Zaleta.
The 31-year-old fighter from Yokohama (south of Tokyo), known in his native country as “the fist of the speed of sound”, has accumulated 20 victories (10 of them by KO) and 3 defeats in the professional category.
“Chocolatito” faces the fight “fit and prepared” to achieve his “dream” of conquering the world crown, as he said at a press conference held on Wednesday in the Japanese capital.
If he can win in Tokyo, González will equal the record of three world titles in different divisions that his “hero” and teacher, the late Nicaraguan fighter Alexis Argüello, won, who taught him “the basics of boxing,” he said.
The fight will be held at the Yoyogi Sports Center, with a capacity of 3,200 spectators, although attendance could be diminished by the recent dengue outbreak detected in the park of the same name that is located next to the sports facilities.
The Japanese authorities decided today to close this well-known park after confirming that the mosquitoes that inhabit it are responsible for the first outbreak of the virus in Japan since 1945, which has so far left 55 people infected.
The organization will try to prevent new infections by distributing hundreds of insect repellants among those attending the combat.

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