Former world champion Juan Francisco "Gallo" Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) is training in Hermosillo, Sonora, for the most testing and anticipated fight of his career, against formidable World Boxing Council super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (43- 4-1, 39 KOs).
Estrada has been training since December intensifying the work sessions gradually, expertly and astutely guided by his coach Alfredo Caballero.
"We are going through a great preparation with enthusiasm and a lots of motivation for this so important fight. I'm fully and absolutely aware of what it means to defeat Sor Rungvisai and I will! I'll impose my style, my intelligence and my Mexican pride," pledges Estrada, who earned his challenge by defeating Carlos Cuadras on September 9th.
The fight will be held on February 24 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. It promises to be a memorable classic.
IN OTHER NEWS: World Boxing Council Youth super featherweight Champion Eduardo "Rocky" Hernandez is determined to come of age this year and become the absolute grown up Champion.
At a breakfast in the Geneve Hotel, in Mexico City, hungry fighter Rocky, who's still a tender twenty years old, reflected but didn't bask in the glory of his rapid ascent. Rocky (25-0-3, 21 KO's) tenderized four opponents last year. He KO'd three and TKO'd another. That earned him the WBC's Prospect of the Year Award, and he's now ranked three, marginally behind Mickey Roman and Francisco Vargas, but one place in front of Jhonny Gonzalez.
Rocky had expressed his desire to fight the veteran but wily Cristian Mijares (58-8-2, 26 KO'S), but "El Diamante" who's ranked fifth, is a voluntary defence for Champion Miguel "Alacran" Berchelt, on February 10th, at the Plaza de Toros, Cancun.
Undeterred Rocky has also called out Francisco "Bandido" Vargas. While praising the youngster's spirit, skills and power, former champion Bandido says he rather prefers a rematch with "Alacran" who inflicted a stinging defeat upon him, gashing him on both brows with lightning strikes, and seizing the crown. That was Francisco's first ever loss.