Estrada wins by break up determination picture by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
9 years in the past, Roman Gonzalez received an in depth determination over Juan Francisco Estrada. Followers have begged for a rematch ever since.
They lastly acquired their want Saturday night time as Estrada and Gonzalez met for the second time on the American Airways in Dallas, TX. Saturday night time. The consequence was a barnburner with Estrada being judged the winner by break up determination.
Two judges had Estrada the winner by scores of 117-111 and 115-113. The third choose noticed Gonzalez the winner by 115-113.
Maxboxing scored the struggle for Gonzalez by a 115-113 tally.
Within the opening stanza, Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) got here out aggressively popping Gonzalez with stinging jabs. He moved and let fly with hooks. Gonzalez, who a threw few token punches, appeared a step behind as Estrada persistently acquired off first. Estrada lets his palms go in spherical two. Gonzalez landed a left and a proper. Estrada fought again, however Gonzalez landed a lead proper.
Estrada,31, acquired of first within the first thirty seconds of spherical three. Gonzalez (50-3, 41 KOs) fired again with hooks up and down. Estrada did the identical. Gonzalez,33, bounced ahead aggressively. Estrada countered. Each clipped one another with blows. The tempo was fierce. Estrada moved whereas Gonzalez pursued. He landed a left hook. Gonzalez scored with a proper. Estrada landed a mixture. Gonzalez appeared to harm Estrada with a giant proper. Estrada fought again as the gang roared.
In rounds 5 and 6, the frenetic motion continued. Gonzalez fired blow after blow. Various them landed. Estrada’s jab scored. Gonzalez stepped in with a proper that scored. Seconds later so did a mixture. Estrada rallied with mixtures that rattled Gonzalez. He additionally dug to the physique. Gonzalez clipped Estrada with an uppercut in spherical seven. Estrada fired a left hook that landed. A giant proper additionally caught Gonzalez. Estrada opened up with a mixture. Gonzalez snapped Estrada’s head again with a left. You hit me and I’ll hit you.
Estrada went again to work in spherical eight. Gonzalez, wanting barely weary, fired again. Estrada linked with a left. Gonzalez scored with a basic mixture. Estrada labored the physique. Estrada jabbed and hooked in spherical 9. Gonzalez fought again as. Had he discovered his second wind? Estrada ate a one-two. He went to the physique.
With three rounds to go, the struggle was extraordinarily shut. Gonzalez acquired off to a very good begin in spherical 10. Estrada fired a number of left hooks. Gonzalez scored with brief pictures.
In spherical 11, Estrada got here bombing. His nook had instructed him he’d want a knockout to win. He linked with a tough proper and left. Gonzalez absorbed the blows. He landed a sneaky proper. Estrada pushed Gonzalez again and let his palms go. Gonzalez fired hooks.
Each fighters let their palms go within the 12th and ultimate spherical. Estrada saved making an attempt to attach with a recreation changer. He landed a couple of, however so did Gonzalez.
“I feel I did sufficient to win,” stated Estrada. “Gonzalez is a superb fighter. I knew it was an in depth struggle.”