Posts Tagged ‘Juan Francisco Estrada’


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LOS ANGELES — Local media descended on downtown L.A. yesterday to attend the opening press conference for the HBO’s Superfly 2 card, set for February 24 at The Forum.

The card is the first promotion being solely handled by Tom Loeffler’s 360 Boxing Promotions. Loeffler, who also manages middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, anticipates adding a fourth high-level bout to the event.

“Since we announced this event, the excitement from the fans and media has been tremendous,” said Loeffler. “This is a great media turnout and we’re very thankful to be able to for the press’ involvement in helping us promote this event.

From top to bottom this will be one of the best shows this year, we’ve already announced three outstanding matchups and we’ll be announcing another terrific fight shortly.”

Superfly 2 is headlined by a title fight with Pound 4 Pound implications with Juan Francisco Estrada facing WBC title-holder Sor Rungvisai, who’s coming off two victories over former Pound 4 Pound #1 Roman Gonzalez. The fight is Estrada’s first title shot since moving up to super flyweight in 2016.

“I’m very happy for the opportunity and can’t wait for February 24 to become a world champion again” said Estrada. “I know this is a tough fight, Sor Rungvisai is the best super flyweight in the world. I know I have the style to beat him. On February 24 you will see a lot of great fights and hopefully the Superfly series will continue with many great fights to come.”

 The co-main event features a crossroads bout between Carlos Cuadras and McWilliams Arroyo. Cuadras dropped a close decision in his last fight against Estrada, and also dropped an entertaining decision to Gonzalez in a 2016 Fight of the Year contender. With two losses in his last three bouts, Cuadras has enlisted a new trainer in Abel Sanchez (Golovkin, Sullivan Barrera) to refine his game.

“I’m very happy to be up in Big Bear with such a great trainer like Abel Sanchez, learning about the training methods he uses for Gennady Golovkin,” he stated. “I’m training very hard and thrilled to be up in Big Bear for the first time.

I know Arroyo very well, he’s a great fighter. It’s Mexico vs. Puerto Rico which is always a great fight. I have to beat Arroyo and then I want to fight Estrada again. I have the medicine in my fist to beat them both.  I’m fast and strong and very, very handsome.”

Sanchez’s first order of business was improving Cuadras’s stamina. He believes his new fighter is not far from returning to the title picture should Cuadras post an impressive victory next month.

“This is my first-time training Carlos. I’ve asked a lot of thing of him, discipline, dedication and he’s training very hard,” Sanchez revealed. “Maybe he’s been a little undisciplined in the past with his conditioning.  With the extra’s I can add I believe he will be better. McWilliams Arroyo is a very good fighter, the winner of this fight deserves a world title opportunity.

“I thank Carlos Cuadras for taking the fight, it’s a great opportunity for both of us,” added Arroyo. “It’s my first fight at 115 and I’m going to take advantage of it. I’m training very hard and I’ll be ready to beat Carlos Cuadras on February 24. Not only my fight but all of these fights will make for an excellent night of boxing. “

Brian Viloria is going for his fifth title when he faces off against Artem Dalakian for the vacant WBA world flyweight title. The match is Viloria’s first title shot since losing by TKO to Roman Gonzalez in November 2015. Viloria posted two comeback wins before earning a shot at the belt vacated by a retiring Kazuto Ioka.

‘It seems like yesterday that I won my first world title, and now I’m fighting for my fifth world title,” Viloria reflected. “It’s an honor for me to fight for this title and I’m honored to have been able to stay in the game this long. Superfly 1 was an amazing show but Superfly 2 will even surpass that. Superfly 1 was the best card I’ve ever fought on and this card will be even better. It’s a great thing for the little guys to have such a big stage to fight on.”

 Superfly 2 will air on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.



Former Pound 4 Pound #1 Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez looks for revenge Saturday night in his rematch with against Sor Rungvisai. Today’s “Superfly” weigh-in is being streamed below and includes the loaded undercard of Carlos Cuadras vs. Juan Francisco Estrada, and the United States debut of The “Monster” Naoya Inoue vs. Antonio Nieves.


Juan Francisco Estrada moved closer to a WBC title shot with a thorough deconstruction of Anuar Salas last night at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

After a slow first round that saw Estrada buzzed by a hook, the former unified flyweight titlist began picking apart Salas with 1-2s and digging body shots. Salas attempts to counter were futile as Estrada’s left hooks and right uppercuts continuously caught him out of position.

The fifth round saw Salas hit the canvas twice. The first was off an angled left hook to the liver. The second and final knockdown came courtesy of a right uppercut to the solar plexus.

The victory gives Estrada the WBC silver super flyweight title and puts him in line for a much-anticipated rematch with WBC champion Roman Gonzalez, who defeated Estrada via close unanimous decision in 2012. Estrada is currently #3 in the WBC’s super flyweight rankings.

We got some exciting fights in 2015, but this was also a noticeable year for the fights that didn’t happen. Here are the bouts promoters and networks couldn’t get done and hopefully will in 2016.



For two elite welterweights, Amir Khan and Kell Brook didn’t do much in 2015. Khan fought once, beating Chris Algieri, and spent the rest of the year playing his usual role of bridesmaid in the Mayweather and Pacquiao sweepstakes. Brook had two outings against overmatched foes in Jo Jo Dan and Frankie Gavin.

What made this so infuriating is the two didn’t need to wait for Pacquiao or Mayweather. The realistic superfight to be made was between them. Over the last few days, reports have circulated the two rivals have started light negotiations to meet in the summer. Maybe they’ve finally smartened up.




Another year has passed without the best fight at light-heavyweight being made. The two had a brief face to face meeting ringside during November’s James DeGale-Lucian Bute card. A few weeks ago, Kovalev’s Main Event’s promoter Kathy Duva disclosed she sent a contract to Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel for a June bout with a 50/50 split.

Don’t hold your breath on this one happening.




How this fight fell apart soured me a bit on Lomachenko. Back in June, both fighters were featherweight titlists and under Top Rank, making a unification clash between two undefeated champions a no-brainer. But Walters, who hadn’t fought since October 2014, came in overweight for a his June defense against Miguel Marriaga.

Lomachenko’s team used that to declare they we no longer interested in facing Walters since he lost his title on the scales and wouldn’t entertain a catchweight. Oddly, they are still pursuing a catchweight bout against a smaller fighter in Guillermo Rigondeaux, who also has no belt in Lomachenko’s featherweight division.

Belt or no belt, Lomchenko and Walters are each other’s biggest threat. It’s a shame we’ll probably never see it.




This orchestrated staredown in a press room was the closest we got to Shawn Porter and Keith Thurman squaring off in 2015. Every week, it the proposed dates changed. First they were negotiating for a September clash. Then by the end of the year. Now February. No, scratch that, it’s possibly March. Madness!

Wake me up when the fight is signed.




Can we get a return bout between two of the top Pound 4 Pound fighters in the world? In 2012, the two fought a highly competitive bout which Gonzalez took by unanimous decision. There is a minority of observers who believe Estrada should have won. Even more intriguing is both men have improved tremendously since that fight (especially Estrada).

In October, Gonzalez went on record stating he wanted at least $1 million for the Estrada rematch. Skill-wise, it’s worth that and then some. But let’s keep our fingers crossed that both men are realistic in their actual market value and make this superfight happen in 2016.




The “Masterclass” Award List is recognition of the elite fighters who study their opponents with meticulous attention to detail and make good to great fighters look like utter novices. Usually, this award is reserved for technicians. But in 2015, we saw several sluggers and boxer-punchers deliver performances worthy of recognition. Here they are.



WBO light flyweight champ Donnie Nietes had his hands full over the summer when he squared off against mandatory challenger Francisco Rodriguez Jr. At 33, Nietes was facing a fighter 11 years his junior. However, Nietes proved to be the fighter with more energy as he maintained a strong jab and movement throughout the contest.

After being hurt to the body in the third, Nietes was in full control by sixth when he stunned Rodriguez with uppercuts and left hooks. And despite hurting his right hand and suffering a cut from errant elbow in the 12th, Nietes remained in control and won via scores of 115-113, 118-110 and 119-109.




Rumors of Akira Yaegashi’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Following back to back brutal KO losses to Roman Gonzalez and Pedro Guevara in 2014, it appeared the book was closed on Yaegashi as a top fighter. His earlier 2015 fights against Said M. Said and Songseanglek Phosuwangym, fighters with a combined record of 3-13, did little to sway that opinion.

On Tuesday, the 32-year old Yaegashi showed how much he had left by dominating Javier Mendoza to win the IBF junior flyweight title and making him a three-division world champion.

Outside of a seventh round scare, Yaegashi’s pace and punch output was too much for Mendoza to keep up with. The 11th and 12th stanzas featured Yaegashi at his best with fast counters and in-and-out boxing.

Yaegashi goes in 2016 renewed and with a title around his waist.




While we cross our fingers for an Estrada rematch with Roman Gonzalez next year, El Gallo spent part of his 2015 dissecting former flyweight titlist Hernan Marquez.

The bout featured seven knockdowns until the carnage was finally stopped in the 10th. This fight was just another example that the only competition for this man is Chocolatito.



March 7, 2015, Macau, China — Amnat Ruenroeng(L) from Thailand wins a 12-round unanimous decision over two-time Chinese Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and retains his IBF flyweight world title to remain undefeated at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China on Saturday, March 7. — Photo Credit : Chris Farina – Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2015


We should be thanking Ruenroeng everyday for stopping the Zou Shiming hype train. Despite suffering a knockdown in the second, Ruenroeng wholly dominated the contest and exploited Shiming’s technical shortcomings to full effect.

How comprehensive was this defeat? Shiming took the rest of the year off.




Kiko Martinez is one of those hardened vets that no one has an easy night with. That was until this past July when Scott Quigg achieved what no one else had in stopping Martinez in just two rounds.

The emphatic nature of this win was enough to set up a super bantamweight unification between Quigg and Carl Frampton in February.




Six years into his career, Gary Russell Jr. finally put it all together to win the WBC featherweight title. Russell is known for his otherworldly speed, but in this fight he surprised everyone with his power. He stayed in the pocket, prompted exchanges and beat Gonzalez to the punch every time.




Can’t get more masterful than a first round knockout, right? The “Battle for Brooklyn” only took 1 minute and 25 seconds. Jacobs began Quillin’s downfall with a  left hook feint followed by a crushing right hand on the temple. The fight was essentially over after that…




Golovkin is noted for his massive power, but the story of his bout against David Lemieux was the jab. GGG nullified Lemieux’s pressure and subsequent offense and opened up the Canadian slugger to hooks. Lemieux was game, but the beating he took was a “slow death.” He finally checked out from the pain in the 8th.




This L was so one-sided that it may have pushed Brandon Rios into retirement. Bradley, under new trainer Teddy Atlas (Mr. “We are fireman!” in the corner), was clicking on all cylinders. On the outside, he snapped Rios head back with hard jabs. When the fight went inside, Bradley was the one muscling Rios back and digging to the body.

The knockout in the ninth was just as much from mental as it was physical exhaustion. Yes, Rios struggled with his weight going in, but even Rios at his “best” would have been in deep trouble with the version of Tim Bradley we saw last month.




A lot of people want to forget this fight ever happened because of its “disappointing” nature, but don’t blame Floyd. Pacquiao was supposed to be the perfect fighter to break Mayweather’s defense with southpaw pressure, speed, awkward angles and power. Instead, the smaller Pacquiao was forced into a chess match where his whirlwind offense was rendered inert. He was held to a record low of 19% of total punches landed (81/249).

Would it have been different five years ago? Probably. But based on what we did see, it’s hard to envision any version of Pacquiao beating Mayweather.



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SONORA, MEXICO — WBA and WBO flyweight titlist Juan Francisco Estrada made the sixth defense of his belts and possibly ended Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’s run as a contender with a 10th round stoppage at the Centro Convenciones.

Marquez fought on even terms for the first three rounds before the precision and variety of Estrada’s offense began to take a noticeable effect. The momentum swayed to Estrada for good in fifth as he repeatedly drove the challenger to the ropes with vicious body shots.

Then came the knockdowns, seven in total. Marquez tasted the canvas twice in the sixth via a digging right to the body and series of body blows along the ropes. Marquez fell twice more in the seventh, this time off left hook body shots. The fifth knockdown came in the ninth courtesy of a counter right hook. The final two ended Marquez’s night in the 10th — a thudding left hook and a straight right did the damage.

At 27 years old and a 10 year pro, Marquez is in clear decline. Over his last 10 fights, starting with a Fight of Year level war against Brian Viloria in 2012, Marquez is 5-4-1 with each defeat coming via knockout.

Should Estrada rival and WBC champion Roman Gonzalez defeat Brian Viloria on October 17, the path becomes clear for a unification rematch backed by HBO. Gonzalez holds a 2012 unanimous decision victory over Estrada in a highly competitive encounter.


WBC flyweight champion Roman Gonzalez extended his KO streak to seven with an efficient and dominating sixth round stoppage over Rocky Fuentes earlier today in Tokyo.

Gonzalez was in cruise control and did whatever he pleased with the overmatched Fuentes. The champion’s deadly accuracy was featured anytime the two got in close quarters with Gonzalez punishing the Fuentes with sharp hooks and uppercuts. The constant bodily harm caught up to the challenger in the sixth when a right uppercut through the guard for a knockdown. Fuentes beat the count but was summarily beaten into a corner, prompting the ref to call the bout with seconds remaining in the round.

The win was Gonzalez’s first defense of the flyweight strap he won in September by defeating Akira Yaegashi (TKO9). Of Gonzalez’s last 11 fights dating back to 2012, only Juan Francisco Estrada has lasted the distance. Estrada now holds the WBA and WBO flyweight belts via 11th round TKO over Giovani Segura in September. Should he defeat Joebert Alvarez on December 6, Estrada is expected to seek revenge against Gonzalez in early 2015.