Juan Francisco Estrada Feels Roman Gonzalez’s Star Power and Champion Status Affected the Results of the First Fight

Published 03/13/2021, 9:27 PM EST


Juan Estrada is ready to storm into the ring to rematch his old opponent, Roman Gonzalez. The duo will compete for the unified super-flyweight title. The two competed back in 2012 and have improved significantly after that. Back when they fought in the light flyweight contest, Gonzalez defeated Estrada with a unanimous decision.

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In a recent interaction with Matchroom Boxing, Juan Estrada detailed why he lost the first battle to ‘Chocolatito’.

He said, “Actually, like I’ve said, a lot of people saw me winning that fight. But really he was the champion, he was the star at the time, he was number one pound for pound. And an unknown fighter couldn’t come to take that away. I would have had to knock him out to win. But after that fight, we still became world champions.”

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Even in their first contest, the duo traded substantial punches. The judges scored 118, 116, 116 in favor of the Nicaragua fighter. With this win, Gonzalez bagged the WBA light-flyweight title.

Despite ending up on the losing vertical, Estrada gave Gonzalez a tough fight. But ever since then, the duo has massively improved, changed their weight classes, and Estrada is hungry to convert a tough fight into a win.

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Can Juan Estrada turn the tables tonight?

‘El Gallo’ has an eye-catchy record of 41-3. Over the course of his extensive career, he’s only improved and given his best shot in the ring.

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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)

He claimed the WBC super-flyweight title in 2019 and has successfully defended it twice. Moving into this bout, he’ll look to make it his third and also claim Roman Gonzalez’s WBA belt to become the unified king of his division.

The Mexican boxer will look to present his best self tonight to let the record books prove his evolution over the last decade. It will be intriguing to see what he comes up with to tackle ‘Chocolatito’.

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What do you make of ‘El Gallo’s aforementioned comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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