SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Although Roman Gonzalez can become the first Nicaraguan boxer to win championship belts in four weight classes on Saturday night, that historic achievement is only one part of his motivation.The fighter best known as Chocolatito also feels that a win would avenge the late Alexis Arguello, his mentor and friend, who fell just short of that fourth world title in two epic losses to Aaron Pryor three decades ago.And the mere act of getting in the ring for the main event at the historic Forum will be another landmark in the remarkable career of Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs), who takes on Mexicos Carlos Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 KOs) for the WBC 115-pound title.In just four fights over the past 16 months, Gonzalez has risen from a well-regarded regional attraction into a pound-for-pound international star who can sell thousands of tickets as a headliner in boxing-savvy Los Angeles.Chocolatito is on a mid-career surge resembling the evolution of Gennady Golovkin, his fellow pound-for-pound champion and new training partner. Gonzalezs last three fights were on U.S. cards headlined by Golovkin -- but with the Kazakh star fighting Kell Brook in London on Saturday, Gonzalez has become the main event in LA.He thinks hes ready, even in a problematic matchup against an unbeaten Mexican champion.I feel the strongest Ive ever felt in my life, Gonzalez said through a translator. Im ready to go. Im very motivated for this fight. The public is going to enjoy a fight that theyve never seen before.Southern California fans are expected to crowd the Forum to see an intriguing card also including the rematch of a spectacular 154-pound draw between Mexicos Jesus Soto Karass and Japans Yoshihiro Kamegai in April. Before the show, fans will be able to watch Golovkins fight on video screens around the arena.But Gonzalezs incredible power at boxings lower weights is the main attraction. Chocolatito had stopped 10 consecutive opponents before McWilliams Arroyo survived a lopsided 12-round loss to Gonzalez on his feet at the Forum in April.Gonzalez will be challenged to put down Cuadras, who believes he can use speed and movement to handle a smaller opponent fighting at super flyweight for the first time. Cuadras also hopes to be the crowd favorite with the thousands of Mexican-American fans who typically attend big local shows.A lot of great Mexicans have fought at the Forum, and Im going to make them proud, Cuadras said.Gonzalezs thoughts wont be far from Arguello, the greatest fighter in Nicaraguas history. Gonzalez, who believes he has watched Arguellos first loss to Pryor in 1982 well over 100 times, was trained as an amateur and a pro by Arguello before he died in 2009.Its very important to Roman, said Carlos Blandon, Gonzalezs manager. He wasnt only just trained by Alexis Arguello, but he saw him as a father figure. 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However, despite failing to score a podium in Japan Ferrari looked to have made a step forward in pace, something Verstappen says Red Bull must be wary of.I think we have to stay awake, we have a good points advantage compared to them, Verstappen said. Of course they will be strong, the last few races theyve always been strong and maybe sometimes a bit unlucky. Im not too worried, we still have a great car as well, and as you could see in the race we had very good pace, lets see what happens on this track.Verstappen turned in one of his best drives of the season in Japan, splitting the Mercedes drivers to finish second. That result came after a stern defensive move on Lewis Hamilton on the penultimate lap, something which led to Mercedes launching a protest that Verstappen had been dangerous.Mercedes eventually retracted the protest -- sommething even Hamilton said the team should not have pursued -- but Verstappen is unmoved by another criticism about his aggressive tactics.dddddddddddd.When asked about the protest, Verstappen said: I dont think about it. I just do my race and from there on Im just fighting for position so I think a lot of people would do the same.Verstappen believes his Suzuka race was one of the best of his career.I think its one of my best ones, I got a clean start and from there you can do your own race. Lately I havent had that so I think it was definitely in the top three of my best races, of course, my best one for the moment will always be Barcelona because of the victory. 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