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“Chocolatito” Batters,

Then Stops Barrera In Ten!

By: David Colon

Friday, July 12th, Polideportivo Alexis Arguello, Managua, Nicaragua: In the main attraction of a Akihiko Honda - Teiken, Felix Tuto Zabala Jr. All Star Boxing Inc. co-promotion streamed on ESPN Knock Out and ESPN+, in what could be described as a Hall of Fame career hang on fight, Managua, Nicaragua, four-division world champion, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, fighting for the first time in the venue named after his mentor, Hall of Famer and fellow Nicaraguan Alexis Arguello stopped Monteria, Colombia’s, Rober Barrera in the tenth and final round.


At 37 years of age “Chocolatito,” absent since his controversial December 2022, vacant WBC World Super Flyweight title challenge, majority decision loss to rival “El Gallo”, Juan Francisco Estrada moving up to bantamweight began with his usual up-tempo style forced to wade through Barrera’s early rabid push, methodically picking his shots landing solid counter combinations testing the rugged 31-year-old to the body and head.


“Chocolatito,” in full control maintained his torrid pace, numerous times renting his Columbian foe space along the ropes finally put Barrera on the deck in round eight round with a ripping left hook liver shot. Courageously making it upright Barrera battled on only to be corner in the ninth sending his fading target to the canvas a second time with a series of head shots shockingly seeing referee Ramon Gonzalez (no relation) allow Barrera to continue.


“Chocolatito,” a certified finisher, recognizing Barrera’s condition immediately returned to work cutting off the ring returned the beaten Columbian to the corner for a flash from the past series of punches, this time convincing referee Gonzalez to step in and stop the punishment at 0:55 of the tenth and final round.


With whisperings of a possible Juan Francisco Estrada rematch or a crossroads battle with Jesse “Bam” Rodriguez Gonzalez moves to 52-4, 42Ko’s while Barrera’s the bout TKO run comes to a close at 27-6, 17Ko’s.

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Programming on ESPN+ includes hundreds of MLB and NHL games, exclusive UFC, Top Rank boxing and PFL fights and events, top domestic and international soccer (Serie A, MLS, FA Cup, UEFA Nations League, EFL Championship, EFL Carabao Cup, Eredivisie, and more), thousands of college sports events (including football, basketball and other sports), Grand Slam tennis, international and domestic rugby and cricket, new and exclusive series, acclaimed studio shows and the full library of ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 films. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and can cancel at any time.


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About ESPN

In the UK, ESPN operates a successful and growing business that includes a collection of leading sports websites and apps, an expanding sports content sales business, live and on-demand streaming service ESPN Player, and a long-term collaboration with BT Sport that includes BT Sport operating an ESPN-branded channel as part of its television business.


ESPN UK combines bespoke content from an experienced London-based team with the best writing on other sites in ESPN’s global digital portfolio, including and ESPN FC. More than 100 staff from multiple locations contribute to ESPN UK’s coverage across football, rugby, cricket, tennis, boxing and golf, offering both a local and global view.


ESPN’s UK business is part of ESPN International, a division of ESPN, Inc., which has grown to include ownership — in whole or in part — of 26 television networks outside of the United States, as well as a variety of additional businesses that allow ESPN to reach sports fans in more than 60 countries and territories across all seven continents. Since 1983, ESPN (founded in Bristol, Connecticut, in 1979) has grown around the world, establishing itself as the leading global sports media brand – is one of the world’s leading sports websites. The company’s philosophy to global growth is to always serve sports fans and be locally relevant to them, with content and products that tap into their great passion and dedication. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.


About Top Rank

Innovation has been the standard at Top Rank since it was established in 1966 by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. The boxing industry’s leading promotional company, Top Rank has shaped, developed, and promoted the careers of top international pay-per-view superstars and Hall of Famers, including Muhammad Ali, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Alexis Arguello, Oscar De La Hoya, Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Terence Crawford, and Vasiliy Lomachenko.


Top Rank has promoted some of the most memorable fights in the sport’s history, including 26 Ali events, Leonard vs. Hearns, Pryor vs. Arguello, Duran vs. Leonard, Hagler vs. Hearns, Leonard vs. Hagler, Foreman vs. Holyfield, Morales vs. Barrera, De La Hoya vs. Trinidad, and the most lucrative fight in boxing history, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In addition to the previously mentioned super fights, Top Rank possesses one of the largest sports libraries, which includes nearly 10,000 fights.


Known for creating strategic collaborations between athletes, sponsors, and television networks, Top Rank has been an architect of boxing’s global growth by staging high-profile events in landmark settings around the world, including Madison Square Garden, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Wembley Arena, Araneta Coliseum, The Venetian Macao, Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, The “Fabulous” Forum, and AT&T Stadium. Top Rank has also been the leader within the boxing industry in creating unforgettable in-arena experiences for fans and embracing 21st century technological advancements to distribute world-class fights and shoulder programming across a variety of platforms.

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