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Estrada Tops Gonzalez in Rematch of Titanic Tiny Men

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Few fighters will ever live up to the stature of Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez 50-3 41KOs and ‘El Gallo’ Juan Francisco Estrada 42-3 28KOs. In a long awaited rematch of their instant classic in 2012 both fighters reminded the world why the Super Flyweight division is the best in all of boxing.

No excuses, no sides of the street, just the best fighting the best- in the best fights to watch.

From the opening bell leather was thrown at a furious pace combining for a total 2,539 combined punches thrown. Estrada opened with sharp combinations off the jab from distance in the first round. Gonzalez would heat up getting inside, rolling with combinations punching up and downstairs.

Every round was close with one fighter slightly edging each round. Chocolatito appeared to take control of the fight slightly in the middle rounds landing 352 of 883 power punches compared to 297 of 817 for Estrada according to Compubox. Estrada’s corner told him “You’re losing the fight, you need a knockout” going into the championship rounds.

The eleventh and twelfth rounds were pure savagery as the two traded in combinations until the final bell. On scores of 115-113 for Gonzalez and 117-111, 115-113 for Estrada the Mexican champion picks up Gonzalez’s WBA Super Flyweight title and looks to a looming trilogy match with mandatory Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.

Speaking to a cascade of boo’s from the audience Estrada said “I know it was close, I didn’t know if I was winning or losing”. DAZN’s Chris Mannix asked about the punch output of Gonzalez to which Estada replied “If he threw three punches I had to throw three punches.” The obvious question from DAZN’s Mannix and the audience was Estrada’s interest in a trilogy with Gonzalez or Srisaket Sor Rungvisai “Sor Rungvisai is the mandatory but I’ll approach a third fight with Gonzalez any day.”

“Whatever happened, had to happen. It’s God’s will” Said Gonzalez when asked about the outcome of the fight. “I did my work” “It was a better fight than the first, I though I won. The result is what God wanted.”

The loss for Gonzalez sets up what would be a major trilogy match between two pound for pound fighters who can’t make a bad fight when paired with each other. As Srisaket Sor Rungvisai looms in the background decisions will need to be confronted and made if his status as a mandatory becomes a hinderance to a trilogy. Bothe trilogies Estrada-Gonzalez and Estrada-Sor Rungvisai are good fights to make but the audience and crowd would seem to prefer a third pairing between the Mexican Estrada and Nicaraguan Gonzalez.

About Albert Baker

Writer/Producer/Director of the Under the Hand Wraps documentary series and owner of underthehandwraps.com. Albert Baker is currently based in Fresno, California and has been covering boxing since 2014.

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