Eddie Hearn Makes a Surprising Prediction for Juan Francisco Estrada vs. Roman Gonzalez

Published 03/13/2021, 9:20 PM EST
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 06: Eddie Hearn attends a press conference at Bramall Lane on February 6, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by James Wilson/MB Media/Getty Images)


Eddie Hearn has made a surprising prediction for the tremendous upcoming fight between Juan Francisco Estrada and Roman Gonzalez. The promoter revealed who he thinks has the advantage, despite stating that the title unification is a 50-50 bout.

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Estrada will face Gonzalez in a highly anticipated rematch eight years after the pair fought for the first time. Since he is the promoter of both fighters, Eddie Hearn will have raised a few eyebrows with his prediction. 

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – OCTOBER 23: Roman Gonzalez poses with the belt after defeating Israel Gonzalez (R) during the fight between Julio Roman Gonzalez and Israel Gonzalez for the WBA Super-Flyweight Championship on October 23, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Jaime Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images)

Hearn spoke to Matchroom Boxing before the fight and explained why both boxers are different. He said it was very difficult to read ‘Chocolatito’ ahead of the fight. However, he added,

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“I mean the guy is sort of, you know, mopes around and so polite and nice. Estrada seems to have the bit between his teeth. This is the guy that’s chased revenge for 8 years rather than the guy who won the fight 8 years ago.”

This showed Hearn’s observation of the fighters ahead of their rematch. He then revealed that ‘Chocolatito’ took the fight only because the fans wanted it and the money was right. Moreover, he revealed that ‘El Gallo’ was trying to get into the head of Gonzalez, but the Nicaraguan was having none of it.

READ: Juan Francisco Estrada: A Look at the Boxing Record of ‘El Gallo’

Eddie Hearn gives his prediction

As the promoter of both fighters, many expected Hearn not to give a prediction for the fight. However, after building it up as a 50-50 contest, the Englishman gave his prediction for their bout.

Hearn said, “Now I do think, this is probably as close a 50-50 fight you can get. I give the slight edge to Juan Estrada in this fight.” He then pointed out his freshness, his recent activity, and fights as the reasons he favors him over ‘Chocolatito’.

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DISTRITO FEDERAL, MEXICO – SEPTIEMBRE 6: Juan Francisco Estrada en festejo con cinturon de campeon, durante la funcion del Doble Campeonato Mundial en la Arena Ciudad de Mexico, el 5 de Septiembre del 2014 en el Distrito Federal. (Foto: Manuel Velasquez/JAM MEDIA)

Despite this, it is clear that Hearn knows how close the fight could be. Although Estrada goes into the contest as the favorite, it would be no surprise if Gonzalez beats him. Therefore, this is a fight that fans cannot afford to miss.

What do you make of Eddie Hearn’s prediction for the fight? Do you think Juan Francisco Estrada has the edge?

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READ: Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Estrada: Fight Analysis And Prediction

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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