In a rematch some eight years within the making, the sequel didn’t disappoint in any respect as Juan Francisco Estrada gained revenge in opposition to Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez with an absorbing break up choice win on Saturday.
Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) added Gonzalez’s WBA (Tremendous) Tremendous Flyweight title to his WBC crown because of his victory on the American Airways Heart in Dallas.
The duo met in 2012, with Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KOs) taking an exhilarating unanimous factors win after they did battle at Gentle Flyweight, however this time it was a a lot nearer affair, with the outcome within the steadiness right through.
Estrada was eager to get on the entrance foot from the off, driving Gonzalez again and commenced brightly, setting the tempo within the first spherical and forcing the Nicaraguan to resort to a watching transient within the opener.
The Mexican was working properly to the physique and was dominant within the early going, touchdown properly to move and physique, however Chocolatito began to land with some laborious proper hooks of his personal in direction of the top of the second body.
The competition actually opened up within the third, because the pair exchanged spiteful pictures with each attempting to wrestle management from the opposite, and the fourth and fifth noticed extra of the identical, with the 2 taking turns to dish out punishment.
Gonzalez was beginning to flip the screw, nailing Estrada with energy punches when the ‘El Gallo’ was trying to load up, and he was getting the higher of the exchanges in the primary because the combat reached its second half, with the sixth session a basic.
Chocolatito was having to take pictures from his rival, however he was countering to nice impact, with the combat already a warfare as marketed.
Estrada and Chocolatito threw for a mixed 2,519 punches.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 14, 2021
Estrada started to return again into issues although, conserving the 33-year-old at bay by main off with a number of shot combos as he began to drive Gonzalez again, and the gang have been lapping up the thrilling motion.
The 30-year-old was benefiting from Gonzalez’s output slowing down barely, and the cellphone box-type warfare continued into the championship rounds, with Estrada’s accuracy permitting him to freely land between the physique and head of his foe.
4-weight world champion, Chocolatito gained a second wind because the combat went into the tenth, along with his brief, sharp blows bringing him a lot success, however needed to be on his mettle as Estrada additionally made his transfer to say victory.
On behalf of boxing followers throughout the World I need to say thanks to @GalloEstradaOfi and @chocolatitobox – that was the best combat I’ve ever watched reside @daznboxing
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) March 14, 2021
The pair hardly stopped throwing punches, however going into the ultimate spherical it regarded as if Estrada wanted an enormous spherical greater than his opponent, though the competition was within the steadiness.
The concluding body noticed each males lay it on the road, as they threw a mixed over 2000 punches throughout the bout, and the twelfth noticed no completely different, with the 2 going for broke and leaving every little thing within the ring, with clear pictures exchanged.
A breathless basic went to the scorecards, and a 115-113 rating for Gonzalez was trumped by a approach too large 117-111 and a way more comprehensible 115-113 win for Estrada. A trilogy combat is an absolute pure, though Estrada is in line for a 3rd combat with WBC necessary Srisaket Sor Rungvisai.
Extra from @srisaket_ssr to @TheAthleticBOX: “I’ll combat Estrada later this 12 months, that would be the subsequent combat after which I’ll combat @chocolatitobox after that.”
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) March 14, 2021
“Rungvisai is a compulsory, so I’ll take a look at that,” Estrada mentioned post-fight to DAZN.
“However I’ll strategy a 3rd combat any day with ‘Chocolatito.’”
McCaskill beats Braekhus once more to retain undisputed crown
The chief assist had a wealth of gold on the road, and it was repeat and never revenge, as Jessica McCaskill stored maintain of the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Welterweight titles with a large factors win in opposition to former champion, Cecilia Braekhus (36-2, 9 KOs).
The rematch was anticipated to be a good one, with the American taking the unique assembly by way of a good majority choice in August 2020.
There was no want for controversy this time, as McCaskill (10-2, 3 KOs) managed the motion in the primary, and took a transparent reduce win on the scorecards over her 39-year-old foe.
Scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91 confirmed a large win for the 36-year-old, who said her intentions to combat both undisputed Tremendous Welterweight champion, Claressa Shields or undisputed Light-weight titlist, Katie Taylor subsequent, in what could be a rematch.
At Gentle Flyweight, Hiroto Kyoguchi (15-0, 10 KOs) retained his WBA (Tremendous) title, as his opponent, Axel Aaron Vega (14-4-1, 8 KOs) was unable to proceed their contest on the finish of 5 rounds, because of a hand damage.
There was a shock at Featherweight the place sizzling prospect Raymond Ford was held to a controversial break up draw by Aaron Perez with the 2 retaining their unbeaten data.
The eight rounder was break up 3 ways, with Perez (10-0-1, 6 KOs) getting a 78-74 nod, Ford (8-0-1, 4 KOs) taking a 77-75 verdict, and the third a 76-76 draw.
Middleweight Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams (8-0, 6 KOs) took an eight spherical choice win in opposition to powerful, late alternative, Dennis Douglin (22-8, 14 KOs) by scores of 79-73 twice and 77-75, and Souleymane Cissokho (12-0, 8 KOs) stopped Daniel Echeverria (21-11, 18 KOs) within the sixth of their scheduled Tremendous Welterweight eight rounder.