By Manuel Perez: WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1, 40 KOs) will be defending his title on February 24 against former WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) at a still to be determined venue in Los Angeles, California.
Estrada, 27, recently squeaked by former WB 115lb. champion Carlos Cuadras in beating him by a 12 round unanimous decision on September 9 on the SuperFly card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Cuadras was mistakenly named the winner after the fight by the ring announcer. Moments later, the mistake was corrected with Estrada being named as the winner. You should have seen the look on poor Cuadras’ face when the results were corrected. It was priceless. It was a look of pure depression.
Rungvisai, 30, is looking very dangerous right now with his last 2 wins against Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez. Rungvisai stopped Gonzalez in the 4th round on September 9 in their rematch at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Rungvisai knocked Gonzalez down twice in round 4. In their previous fight, Rungvisai badly punished Gonzalez in beating him by a 12 round majority decision on March 18.
Estrada lost to a prime Roman Gonzalez 5 years ago in 2012. That was a long time ago though, as Gonzalez, 30, is no longer fighting at the same level as he was back then.
Rungvisai is turning into a star for HBO Boxing. He could very well be the replacement for Gonzalez if he beats Estrada, and then defeats WBO champion Naoya Inoue.
With the way Rungvisai is fighting right now, Estrada is going to have major problems with him next February. Estrada is a good fighter, but Rungvisai hits so incredibly hard with every punch he throws. He’s too strong for anyone in the super flyweight division right now.