On Friday April 26th the Forum in Inglewood DAZN broadcast a top caliber rematch between WBC, Ring Magazine Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and former Flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada. The two had met in the same venue on February 24th 2018 and fought to an exciting twelve round majority decision in which Rungvisai retained his titles. It was a bout fans wanted to see again and both fighters like the true champions they are wanted to do again in order to clear up and debate on which one was the better fighter.
Since their first meeting both fighters have gone 2-0 Estrada with a UD win over the hard hitting Felipe Orucuta and stoppage over larger younger Victor Mendez. The champion Rungvisai blew put respected Korean journeyman Young Gil Bae in a stay busy fight then dominated Mexican slugger Iran Diaz over twelve rounds.
While fans in attendance and watching worldwide expected another toe to toe battle, this contest would be different. The difference would be evident from the first round when Estrada started fast, accurate and not thrown off a bit by southpaw champion Rungvisai using an orthodox stance.
It was for the most part a case of Estrada’s boxing skills and speed keeping Rungvisai one step behind all night. The only rounds Rungvisai won in my opinion were the 7th and 10th when Estrada slowed his tempo slightly.
The two fighters closed the show standing and trading up until the final bell. When final scores were read judges seen it 116-112 and 115-113 twice all in favor of the new champion Juan Francisco Estrada, with such a dominate performance over not only a lineal but universally recognized top ten pound for pound fighter in my opinion has finally solidified himself a spot on that coveted list.
With the win Estrada improved to Juan Francisco Estrada 39-3 (26) while Rungvisai make no mistake still one of the sports best drops to 47-5-1 (41).
In the co-feature super bantamweight title holders Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny faced off to a twelve round majority decision in favor of Roman. It was an all action fight from start to finish and despite being dropped in the second and eleventh rounds, Doheny gave Roman the scare of his career using foot work and counter punching to keep Roman honest.
In the tenth round Roman would put his foot on the gas, apply nonstop pressure that swelled the face and eyes of Doheny. It was those dominate three rounds that assured him the victory by scores of 116-110 twice and 113-113. With the win Daniel Roman now the unified IBF and WBA super bantamweight champion improved to 27-2-1 (10), suffering his first career loss TJ Doheny now stands at 21-1 (15).
In Undercard action
In a 151lb catchweight bout former two division champion Jessie Vargas improves to 29-2-2 (11) after dominating former multi-division world champion Humberto Soto. It was apparent from the start Soto coming off a win over former champion Brandon Rios in February, has lost more than one step and never actually got himself into the bout. The only thing that went in his favor was a cut caused over Vargas left eye in the second round.
When Vargas went on a full all-out assault in round six, he dropped Soto who managed to make it back to his feet just to need saving by referee Thomas Taylor moments later. With the loss Humberto Soto drops to Humberto Soto 69-10 (37) and after a great career should think about retirement. As for Vargas he looked better than he has in years even during his championship reigns. He is a serious player and threat to any of the welterweight title holders.
In undercard action.
Super Bantamweight- Alberto Ezequiel Melian 5-0 def. Isaac Zarate 16-5-3 (2)
Super Middleweight- Anthony Sims Jr 19-0 (17) def. Vaughn Alexander 14-3 (9) via UD 10.
Junior Welterweight- Shakhram Giyasov 8-0 (6) def. Emanuel Taylor 20-6 (14) via UD 10.
Featherweight- Ronny Rios 30-3 (14) def. Daniel Olea 13-8-2 (5) via RTD 5
Featherweight- Murodjon Akhmadaliev 6-0 (5) def. Carlos Carlson 23-6 (14) via KO 3
Middleweight- Diego Pacheco 3-0 (2) def. Guillermo Maldonado 1-1 via KO 1.
Middleweight- Austin Williams 1-0 (1) def. Joel Guevara 3-5 (2) via KO 1.