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Estrada-Cuadras II DAZN Weigh-In Report From Mexico City

Juan Francisco Estrada is set for one rematch while firmly eyeing another.

The two-division and reigning lineal junior bantamweight champion attempts the second defense of his crown as he faces former 115-pound titlist Carlos Cuadras. Their bout—a rematch to their September 2017 non-title fight—headlines a three-title fight show, streaming Friday evening live on DAZN from Gimnasio TV Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.

Both boxers came in at an announced 114.5 pounds (52 kg.), well under the 115-pound divisional limit.

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Estrada (40-3, 27KOs) claimed the 115-pound crown following a 12-round win over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in their championship rematch last April, avenging a points loss from 14 months prior. Friday’s bout marks his first since a 9th round stoppage of Dewayne Beamon last August in his hometown of Hermosillo, Mexico.

Cuadras (39-3-1, 27KOs) looks to regain the title he lost to Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in September 2016. The defeat ended a reign which lasted more than two years, beginning with a 12-round win over Sor Rungvisai in May 2014.

Estrada previously served as a unified flyweight titlist, a reign which began shortly after his failed bid to claim a 108-pound title held by Nicaragua’s Gonzalez. Plans call for a rematch to their November 2012 thriller, provided they both win on Friday.

Gonzalez—a four-division champion—enters the first title defense of his second reign as a junior bantamweight title claimant, having reclaimed a belt in a one-sided stoppage of England’s Khalid Yafai this past February. He will defend his belt versus Los Cabos’ Israel Gonzalez (25-3, 11KOs; no relation).

Both boxers weighed an announced 114 pounds (51.7 kg.) for their 12-round contest.

Julio Cesar Martinez (16-1, 12KOs) appears in the first of the three title fights on the night, though his opponent’s eligibility to challenge for his flyweight belt is currently in doubt.

Moises Calleros (33-9-1, 17KOs) answered the call as a replacement for Maximino Flores, who tested positive for COVID. However, the veteran journeyman came in as a bantamweight for a flyweight fight, tipping the scale at a beefy 117.4 pounds (53.3 kg). He will have two hours to shed the weight, although the likelihood is the bout moving forward with Martinez—who weighed 111 pounds—retaining his title status and Calleros paying a fine in order to participate in a non-title fight.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Willy Wanker on 10-23-2020

[QUOTE=Phill lynott;20833513]Yea what a card that was! Inoue went 5 rds in the following bout. I remember Michael Buffer anouncing Cuadras the winner at first. Took awhile for him to get it straightened out. Got lucky and caught that too👍[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Phill lynott on 10-23-2020

[QUOTE=Willy Wanker;20832802]I'm so hyped for this rematch. I got Estrada. Loved their first fight, I was lucky to be their live.[/QUOTE] Yea what a card that was! Inoue went 5 rds in the following bout. I remember Michael Buffer anouncing…

Comment by Corelone on 10-22-2020

I like that Martinez picked a bigger guy, maybe too big. I'm tired of old, blown up replacements. You know, when the 160 foe isn't available, they have to fight a recycled 147.

Comment by Willy Wanker on 10-22-2020

I'm so hyped for this rematch. I got Estrada. Loved their first fight, I was lucky to be their live.

Comment by Oldskoolg on 10-22-2020

Yay! More Blockbuster Video boxing!

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