MEXICO CITY, DISTRITO FEDERAL, Mexico — Juan Francisco Estrada left no doubts in the ring Saturday night against Giovani Segura. Estrada, defending his WBA and WBO flyweight titles, executed one of the top masterclass performances of the year by picking apart Segura and dispatching him via an 11th round TKO at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
SEGURA BEAT DOWN AT HIS OWN GAME: Giovani Segura is a bull of a fighter that likes to get in close and punish opponents. Estrada obliged him, but made Segura pay dearly for his aggression with digging hooks to the body, and head snapping right crosses and left hooks upstairs. Despite his long arms, Estrada impressively still maintained full leverage on his shots during inside exchanges and constantly forced Segura to give ground.
The seventh round was a brutal three minutes where Estrada’s blistering offense nearly produced a knockdown. From then on, Segura opted to mostly try to fight off the backfoot to equally ineffective results. The strategy allowed for more space between fighters, which benefited Estrada’s longer reach and produced more torque on the champion’s punches, leaving Segura with grotesque swelling on the entire right side of his face.
The ending sequence in the 11th started from a snapping Estrada left hook at long-range. Segura stumbled backwards and was met with a right cross and several more power shots in the corner, forcing the referee to halt the bout.
AN EVEN BIGGER FLYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN: We had two big flyweight matchups this weekend with Roman Gonazalez beating Akira Yaegashi (TKO9) to win the lineal WBC flyweight title, and Estrada victory over Seguara. Gonzalez and Estrada previously met at light flyweight, with Gonzalez taking a close victory in 2012 (116-112 twice, 118-108).
The rematch would be a battle between two of the best fighters at the lower weights. These two technical wizards have shown the ability to adjust in the ring, hold solid power, and more often that not, they end their bouts decisively. The winner of this fight would unquestionably deserve a Top 5 spot on any competent Pound 4 Pound list.
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