PROVIDENCE - In his continuing effort to get back to the top of the American heavyweight scene, 2008 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada won a workmanlike eight-round decision over Puerto Rican-invader Alex Gonzales in the main event on tonight's "Takeover" card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
In a toe-to-toe battle between quick-handed Estrada (19-4, 5 KOs) and cagey southpaw Gonzales (20-7, 10 KOs), Providence heavyweight Estrada consistently beat Gonzales, a former world title challenger and 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian, to the punch.
Estrada won all eight rounds on each of the three judges' scorecards by scores of 80-72.
"I thought it was a good performance," Estrada said after the fight. "The dude can take a shot. Once I realized that he wouldn't go, I boxed his head off. I hurt my thumb a little in the second round, so I boxed and used my jab.
"Next? If (Tony) Grano wants to fight, let's go. I've been trying to get him in the ring for a long time."
The comeback of former USBA and NABO middleweight champion Brian "The Bull" Barbosa (31-6, 23 KOs), now fighting out of Providence, continued on a high note in the co-feature. Barbosa decked light heavyweight John "Rusty" Johnson (13-3, 11 KOs) twice en route his fifth-round TKO victory.
Pawtucket (RI) junior welterweight Diego Pereira (7-0-1, 3 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact, destroying dangerous William "Chino" Correa (9-6, KOs) by way of a second-round technical knockout.