Sor Rungvisai, Nietes, Arroyo and Dalakian all emerge “Superfly” in Inglewood

Sor Rungvisai, Nietes, Arroyo and Dalakian all emerge “Superfly” in Inglewood

In September of 2017 Tom Loeffler promoted the massively successful “Superfly” which which featured the sports elite fighters from 112-115lbs. That event gave United States boxing fans a whole new appreciation for the lower weight classes that have thrived overseas and in South America for decades. This past Saturday at the Forum in Inglewood California on HBO and, Tom Loeffler’s “360/K2 Promotions” in association with Fernando Beltran’s “Zanfer Promotions” hosted “Superfly 2” which met and maybe for some even exceeded the first event.

The nights main event was between WBC Super Flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and former unified flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada an intriguing bout not only because of the significance but their common opponents Roman Gonzalez and Carlos Cuadras. In February of February 2017, Rungvisai defeated Roman Gonzalez via controversial decision to regain the WBC Super Flyweight he had lost to Carlos Cuadras in 2014 then silence critics by stopping Gonzalez cold in their rematch at “Superfly”.

In 2012 Estrada would lose a decision to Gonzalez as a light flyweight, on the undercard of “Superfly” Estrada defeated Carlos Cuadras the man who took Rungvisai’s title. With those factors involved, this was truly a fight where any outcome could be predicted and none would be a shocker.

The bout started slow with Estrada moving using his jab and Rungvisai applying pressure, the first hard punch of the night was landed by Rungvisai in round one but Estrada took it well. Over the next several rounds Estrada worked his jab while moving and the champion applying pressure landing the more thudding blows. When the fourth round started it was Estrada controlling the ring with his footwork and peppering Rungvisai with accurate punches though Rungvisai was the busier of the two fighters. The middle rounds were very hard to score and depending on style preference, one would have given the rounds to Estrada based off his superior boxing ability while others Rungvisai based off his pressure style.

In the championship rounds both men picked up the pace, they traded punches at ring center with neither giving and inch. The champion Rungvisai seemed to worse off as his face was marked and swollen while Estrada looked fresh as he did in round one. They closed the contest with a nonstop flurry of punches each man having equal success and bringing fans in Inglewood to their feet.

When the final scores were read Judge Dave Moretti scored it 114-114, Judge Cathy Leonard 115-113 and Judge Steve Morrow 117-111 in favor of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. The scores handed in by Dave Moretti and Cathy Leonard 115-113 were accurate in my opinion depending on as I stated the preference of style, the 117-111 scorecard handed in by Steve Morrow marred a high quality fight and event, in no way can two Judges have a fight scored so closely then another have it such a wide margin for one fighter. With his successful title defense Srisaket Sor Rungvisai improved to 45-4-1 (40) while Juan Francisco Estrada drops to 36-3 (25).

As a co-feature and WBC Super Flyweight title eliminator, former world champion Carlos Cudras met former world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo. This was a “Matador versus the Bull” contest from the opening round, as Carlos Cudras pressured Arroyo looking to land single power punches while Arroyo circled scoring points with his jab. In the middle rounds Cudras slowed the output of Arroyo using a combination of pressure and power punching, Arroyo would let go of “Shoeshine” combinations that looked better to the crown than actual effect on Cuadras.

In the final two rounds, Cuadras looking dejected he could not close the gap continued seeking a single punch to end the fight in his favor while Arroyo showboated for the crowd scoring with jabs at a distance. When the fight ended scores read officially 98-92, 97-93 and 95-95. This was again a poor job of scoring when two Judges seen it almost identical with a 4-5 round advantage for one fighter and a lone Judge sees it even., at least the right fighter was given the decision. With his win McWilliams Arroyo improved to 17-4 (14) and claimed the WBC Silver Super flyweight title, Carlos Cuadras now stands at 36-3-1 (27).

In what was perhaps the best example of pure boxing ability, three division world champion Donnie Nietes defended his IBF World Flyweight Title against the divisions former WBA title holder Juan Carlos Reveco. This was a one sided affair from the start, Reveco attempted to pressure Nietes but could not find any clear openings for his offense and when he did Nietes either returned with a well timed counter punch or caught the punches from Reveco on his arms. This was not a high paced fight and the fans in attendance “Booed” both men for lack of activity despite the master boxing performance being put on by Nietes.

A well timed Nietes counter at the end of round six just as the bell rang created had a “Delayed” reaction on Reveco, his legs buckled and he was apparently out on his feet. The corner of Reveco disputed the punch claiming it was “After the bell” and the California Commission along with referee Edward Hernandez Sr discussed the events. It allowed an extra thirty seconds for Reveco to recover before it was decided that the punch was not after the bell. When Reveco stood again to end the ring for round seven it was apparent to all watching not only was he unstable on his feet but his eyes were glazed over and he was on “Auto Pilot”, someone be it the corner of Reveco, referee or
commission should have noticed his condition.

The unsteadiness of Reveco did not go unnoticed by Nietes and he took full advantage of the moment. It would take just two well placed punches with no resistance from Reveco to send him crashing down, after getting up in worse condition than prior referee Edward Hernandez Sr still considered allowing the contest to continue until finally the corner of Reveco threw in the towel. With a successful defense of his IBF flyweight title Donnie Nietes improved to 41-1-4 (23), Juan Carlos Reveco now stands at 39-4 (19).

The nights championship opener broadcast on took place between veteran former two division world champion Brian Viloria and Ukrainian newcomer Artem Dalakian. This was a surprising fight due to the mystery surrounding Dalakian whose previous fights had all taken place in the Ukraine and against very limited  competition, despite his unbeaten record few if any gave him a shot at beating the much more experience Viloria. It did not take long for Dalakian to set the bouts tempo and surprisingly keep Viloria at the end of his jab with no answers of how to close the distance. That would be the story of this fight for almost the entire twelve rounds, Dalakian jabbing and moving while Viloria sought desperately to get inside. On occasion Viloria would manage to land a flush punch to the chin of Dalakian but was never able to follow up with anything meaningful.

The fight would become ugly at times when Viloria did manage to get close, Dalakian unsure on how to work inside would lean on the neck of the shorter Viloria and push him to the canvas. It was something that did not appear intentional but eventually cost him a point in round nine after several warnings from referee Lou Moret. In round eleven an accidental elbow to Viloria’s head opened up a nasty gash early on stunning him, with his vision hampered from blood flowing into his eye Viloria found himself in survival mode. The unintentional elbow was missed by referee Lou Moret and could have ended the fight on an accidental foul but it was allowed to continue and mattered none because Viloria already too far behind on the scorecards needed a “Hail Mary” knockout to claim victory.

When final scores were read all three judges Raul Caiz Sr, Robert Hoyle and Pat Russell seen it identical 118-109 all for Artem Dalakian who along with claiming his first world title improved to 16-0 (11), Brian Viloria now stands at Brian Viloria 38-6 (23). While Artem Dalakian is now a world champion he needs to work on his amateurish mistakes before facing the top names at 112 pounds. If he should continue to improve he will be a major factor for anyone in the weight class and even at 115 pounds. he 37 year old Brian Viloria looked every bit his age and we might have seen him in his last major fight.

In Undercard action
Female Light Flyweight Anahi Torres 17-17-1 (2) def. Louisa Hawton 7-1 (3) via UD 8.
With her victory Anahi Torres claimed the Vacant WBC International Female Light Flyweight Title.
Lightweight- Pedro Duran 16-0-3 (13) Majority draw Enrique Tinoco 16-5-4 (12) MD 8.
Super Featherweight- Mario Ramos improved to his record and knockout streak to 4-0 (4) with a first round stoppage over Oscar Eduardo Quezada who now stands at 7-6 (4).

Written by
Daxx Khan has been a regular member of the Talkin Boxing with Billy C TV & Radio Show since 2011, throughout his over two decades involved with the sport of boxing he has owned his own gym, currently is a Coach with "Newburgh Hook Elite Boxing", has covered over 175 world title fights across the globe, worked for two sanctioning body organizations, written for multiple major sporting news outlets. The first world title fight he covered was in 1991 while still attending NYU when he accompanied boxing media Icon Bert Sugar to the "Terrible" Terry Norris versus "Sugar" Ray Leonard WBC Super Welterweight title fight which Norris won by wide unanimous decision. Daxx is also former USA Boxing Coach and representative for "The World Boxing Federation".

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