By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (39-3, 26 KOs) scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California.
While cheered on by the majority Mexican fans in attendance, Estrada put on a boxing clinic for the first half of the fight while Rungvisai appeared like he was stuck in quicksand. Rungvisai finally got going in the second half of the fight but unlike in their original meeting 14 months ago, this time, Estrada did not back down but instead stood his ground and went to war with Rungvisai.
Although there were no knockdowns in the bout, there was no shortage of power punches landed in this action filled championship rematch. Ultimately, Rungvisai just ran out of time and although he made it a lot closer in the second half, Estrada was the rightful winner.
By scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113, Estrada becomes the new WBC super flyweight champion. When asked about a possible rematch, Estrada said he would agree to a rematch but would ideally first have a unification bout with any of the other world champions at 115 pounds.