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19 JULY 2018

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Super Fly 2 Delivers: Rungvisai Out-Points Estrada


Srisaket Sor Rungvisai continues P4P party crash.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai continues P4P party crash.

By Derek Bonnett

 

Forget the heavyweights. Forget the welterweights. HBO has sure-fire, fan-pleasing bouts galore to be made at 115-pounds if they use their money justly. It’s okay if they save some for the light heavyweight division, but super flyweight is hands down the best division in boxing and the most willing combatants at the top. The Forum in Inglewood, California housed an outstanding line-up of world championship boxing punctuated by Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai’s legacy defining victory over Mexico’s Juan Francisco Estrada.

 

On the heels of their biggest victories as professionals, Rungvisai and Estrada met each other without reservation and fought hard with the only sustained breaks in the action being between rounds. Having just twice toppled Roman Gonzalez, Rungvisai, 31, was outhustled by the Mexican challenger in the first round. Estrada employed a quick jab to establish a smooth boxing attack. The champion stalked Estrada effectively and landed a nice left hook to highlight the round. In round two, the Thai boxer jabbed to the body and brought his left hook up to the chin of Estrada, who in bouts with Gonzalez, Carlos Cuadras, and Rungvisai has earned the right to be considered one of the best chins in boxing. Estrada’s whole body moved visibly by the force of Rungvisai’s punches, but he did not appear stunned. Estrada remained focused in the third, but he ate another left hook to the chin. At times, Estrada would turn his body away from Estrada after absorbing a blow to regain some distance. Estrada remained composed like a true elite veteran, but began to fall behind on SecondsOut’s unofficial scorecard. The Thai champion worked Estrada’s body along the ropes, but was met with an overhand right from Estrada. Estrada’s jab served him well, but he was not looking to stay outside and engaged the champion in the pocket with success. Srisaket continued to grind, but Estrada remained poised with his counters. The champion flurried in what looked like an even fourth round. At this time, the champion unofficially led 2-1-1 on the SecondsOut scorecard or 39-38.

 

The champion slipped to the canvas early in round five as the fighters legs tangled, a common occurrence on this night. Rungvisai charged in a bit too quickly and found himself off-balance and outboxed at times. The champion loaded up to the body with his left repeatedly. Rungvisai looked to be testing Estrada early to see if going in for the kill was the right mode of attack. The sixth round looked similar with the champion determined to break Estrada to the body. A straight left turned Estrada’s whole body, but the champions one-twos in rapid sequence most effectively curtailed the Mexican’s offense in the frame. The seventh saw the same two-fisted attack, but Estrada would fire back with his left hook from time to time. Oddly, Estrada looked tentative as Rungvisai added more punches to the body with his right and lead left. The round ended with a clean left hook by the challenger as a reminded that he was still there. Estrada rode that momentum into the eighth and landed a great left hand that forced the champion to adjust his footing. The challenger raised his pace and soon found himself tumbling to the canvas due to a clash of legs. Estrada made his way back into the pocket with the champion and held his own. After eight rounds, SecondsOut saw the contest for the champion by a margin of 5-2-1 in rounds.

 

The ninth round saw great exchanges and will contend for round of the year. Skill versus power was on display for three minutes and for short intervals the boxers tried to switch roles and showed surprising success. If there was an even round in boxing, this was it. Estrada countered well in the tenth and began to fight closer to Rungvisai’s chest. The champion’s power retained its virility and was used to ply excellent work. Estrada’s punch output dropped back down in the eleventh while the champion moved forward and took advantage of what might have been his easiest round of the night. A trend would not develop as the challenger produced his best round of the night in the twelfth. Estrada’s combination were crisp and he put together a great finish while the champion stalked without his same punch output. However, the surge was too little too late.

 

Sriskaket Sor Rungvisai retained his WBC super flyweight title with a majority decision by scores of 114-114, 115-113, and 117-111. SecondsOut also favored the champion by a comfortable margin of 117-113. Rungvisai, a two-time champion at 115, retained his title for the second time and raised his ledger to 45-4-1 (40). Estrada, who questioned the scores, dipped to 36-3-0 (25)




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