On September 9th, one of the most hotly anticipated cards of the year took place as Roman Chocolatito vs Sor Rungvisai, Naoya Inoue vs Antonio Nieves and Carlos Estrada duked it out with Carlos Cuadras on a phenomenal and memorable super-flyweight tripleheader.
The managing director of K2 promotions, Tom Loeffler; the man responsible for putting on the event has touched on the possibility of staging yet another in the first quarter of 2018 given the success the first event found and furthermore Loeffler suggested that the card will feature the return of former # 1 pound-for-pound king and former 4-weight world champion, Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (46-2). Many had expected Gonzalez to retire following the nature of the devastating kayo he suffered in his rematch with Sor Rungvisai, but now that certainly looks like it is not going to happen.
Touching on providing yet another marquee event, Loeffler talked about his mindset behind providing stellar matchups to the fans ” I look at putting on the best shows for the fans, I leave my ego at the door. I work with whatever promoter I can work with as long as I can put on the best fights that is what I am willing to do and ‘Superfly’ was a perfect example of that.” Loeffler continued “That was one of the most successful events that I have been involved with, from the top to the bottom, it was just non-stop action”.
Loeffler touched on the details and combatants likely to feature on the next ‘Superfly’ card, Loeffler hinted the card will take place sometime in February but did stress at this stage “we do not have a specific date or venue for the event” and confirmed the main event is likely to feature the winners at the first event facing off with one another, with Sor Rungvisai taking on Estrada in a world championship bout main event.
Furthermore, Loeffler confirmed they are looking at multiple different combatants to potentially feature on the card “If we can get Inoue back on the show that would be great” Loeffler then went on to say that “The door will always be open” for Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez before touching on the magnitude of what he has done for the sport’s lighter weights “He really opened the door for the lighter divisions, by bringing attention to the 112 lbs and 115 lbs divisions by participating in winning back-to-back bouts against top-tier opposition securing his place atop of the rankings was a ‘big statement’. Loeffler also suggested the Puerto Rican Arroyo brothers have also signalled an interest in the event as well as Jerwin Ancajas and WBA champion, Britain’s Kal Yafai.
NEVER FORGET! Roman @ChocolatitoBox Gonzalez remains a great despite defeat.
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Some may say a return to the championship level may be too soon for Gonzalez after such a resounding kayo loss, but Loeffler scoffed at those suggestions and while he says nothing is yet set in stone but there is a fire within Gonzalez to not end his career on a sour note; ” I have had discussions with his promoter and Teiken promotions, the feeling that I get is that Roman definitely wants to fight again and doesn’t want to have that (Sor Rungvisai loss) as his last fight and wants to show at world class level” Loeffler added. “Chocolatito adds excitement whenever he is on the show” Loeffler added on a final note.