By Miguel Rivera
Mexico's Juan Francisco "El Gallo" Estrada is more than ready for what he considers to be the most important fight of his time in the ring, his upcoming commitment against WBC super flyweight world champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.
The fight is scheduled for on February 24th, headlining an HBO televised event from The Forum in Los Angeles, California.
"I think it's going to be the most important fight in my career, because winning this fight would be champion again, now at super flyweight," said Estrada to ESPN Deportes.
After fighting very little in the last two years, due to injuries mostly to his hands, the Mexican veteran feels ready to make his mark.
"I have recovered from the injuries, thank God, the last two or three fights I have not hurt my hand where they operated on me. I'm rising up again, to be a world champion again," said Estrada.
Sor Rungvisai (43-4-1.39 KO's) returns from two victories in 2017 against Nicaraguan Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez, including the first victory where he snatched the title last March in a controversial decision at Madison Square Garden in New York. In the subsequent rematch, he knocked Gonzalez out in the fourth round.
Estrada would still like to avenge his decision loss to Gonzalez.
"Yes, without any doubt and hopefully he will win a championship first, because if he wins a championship it would be a unification," Estrada said.
At 27 years old, "El Gallo" (36-2, 25 KOs) says that he needs to keep a very good pace in his training and preparation, explaining that the key to victory against the 31-year-old Thai puncher is to be smart in the ring.
"Our styles are very different. A lot of people think that he's going to knock me out, that he is a stronger puncher than me, and maybe he is, but I think boxing is a destiny, and the one who uses the best intelligence in the ring and has the best skills is the one who will win," Estrada said.