Estrada Confident His 'Complete Style' Will Beat Sor Rungvasai

By Keith Idec

Juan Francisco Estrada lost a decision to Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, who was brutally knocked out by Srisaket Sor Rungvisai on Saturday night.

Estrada reminded boxing fans after his own victory on the Sor Rungvisai-Gonzalez undercard those results mean nothing when it comes to his upcoming fight against Sor Rungvisai. By edging Carlos Cuadras in a competitive, compelling 12-round elimination match, Estrada earned a mandatory shot at Sor Rungvisai, presumably in the powerful southpaw’s next fight.

“Boxing is all about styles,” Estrada told through a translator Saturday night. “Rungvisai has a very difficult style, but Cuadras beat Rungvisai. Chocolatito beat Cuadras, so you can never tell, because they’re all different styles, how they’re gonna match up in the fight. But I feel that I have a complete style and I’m confident that I can beat Rungvisai.”


Thailand’s Sor Rungvisai upset Gonzalez by majority decision in their 12-round fight March 18 at Madison Square Garden, but the WBC super flyweight champion left absolutely no doubt about his superiority over the former pound-for-pound king by dropping Gonzalez twice in the fourth round and knocking him out at StubHub Center in Carson, California. In the opener of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” tripleheader, Estrada overcame a slow start to knock down Cuadras in the 10th round and won a unanimous decision.

HBO’s ring announcer, Michael Buffer, originally announced the winner as “Carlos Estrada,” which led Cuadras (36-2-1, 27 KOs) to believe he had won the closely contested bout. After conferring with California State Athletic Commission officials at ringside, however, Buffer corrected his mistake and announced that Estrada (36-2, 25 KOs) won their 12-round, 115-pound WBC elimination match.

Judges Tim Cheatham, Max DeLuca and Edward Hernandez Sr. scored the fight identically, 114-113 for Estrada. The fight was even on each of the judges’ scorecards, but the knockdown Estrada scored by landing a right hand in the 10th round was the difference in the result.

“Whenever you have a fight between two Mexicans, it can always turn into a war, which it did,” Estrada said. “It was one of my toughest fights, one of the toughest fights of my career. I don’t know if it was the toughest, but it’s up there.”

Cuadras controlled the early part of their fight, but Estrada made adjustments and came back to win.

“I always like to come out and study my opponent,” Estrada said. “It’s always been my style. I take the first part of the fight to come up with the game plan, and it was the same way this time. I take a while to figure him out and then start taking him apart.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chrisJS on 09-13-2017

Estrada is also the WBO mandatory so either way he deserves the next shot. As for the WBC, well they mandated that Saturday's bouts winners meet so I think that will hold. Also, it's the WBC and it's a Mexican…

Comment by bluebeam on 09-13-2017

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;18039740]Barely? He bet Cuadras in a better performance than Gonzalez. And floored him, thing than Roman and Sor didn't do. Estrada will fight Sor, that's a fact. And is not for HBO, is for the rules of the wbc[/QUOTE] estrada…

Comment by bluebeam on 09-13-2017

[QUOTE=BigStomps;18038554]How come he hasn't fought Wlad then when he's been around professional boxing twice as long as Joshua has and has twice as many fights as Joshua?? Answer me that since you wanna stick your nose where it don't belong....[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Mexican_Puppet on 09-12-2017

[QUOTE=bluebeam;18037784]unifications is what boxing need, and inoue vs sor is a unification. I'm tired of dudes in this sure always trying to stir champions away from dudes. Estrada barely beat cuardras. let the champions sort it out with unifications but…

Comment by BigStomps on 09-12-2017

[QUOTE=1hourRun;18038612]I'm going to make it simple but you should ask these questions in a Deontay Wilder thread : Wilder won his first world title vs. the #2. HW in the world in his 32 pro fight in contrast to Wladimir…

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