A year ago, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez was considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on Earth. Any boxing fan would love to tell you that they had Chocolatito ahead of household names like Gennady Golovkin, Andre Ward, or Canelo Alvarez. The Nicaraguan flyweight had a sparkling 46-0 record, was a champion in four weight classes, and rarely seemed to break a sweat while demolishing his opponents.
Then he stepped into the ring with Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, a 30-year-old former garbage collector who was fighting for just the fifth time outside of his home country of Thailand.
Sor Rungvisai, who also goes by the name Wisaksil Wangek, had just one notable fight on his resume before his MSG tango with Chocolatito, a technical decision (headbutt) loss to Carlos Cuadras in Mexico in 2014. At that point, it would have been fair to assume the name Srisaket Sor Rungvisai would be lost to the boxing abyss forever.